12 Must Visit Cities, Towns, and Villages in Scandinavia

The Northern European region of Scandinavia is known for its breathtaking landscapes and stunning locales. The rich culture and history of the various countries in the region have a commonality to them, which can be seen throughout the picturesque villages, towns, and cities. Known for its fjords, jagged cliffs, icescapes, waterfalls and pristine beauty, the region has much to offer the earnest traveler.
 
 
Here’s a list of must-see towns and villages in Scandinavia to give you some inspiration.

1. Troms, Norway - Witness Aurora Borealis

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The perfect place to witness the beautiful phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. From the months of September to March people flock to Troms to see the Northen Lights. Apart from this, the town also has several outdoor activities like dogsledding, whale safaris, hiking, and fishing. Witness the best of Europe with the Aurora Borealis in Troms.

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2. Smögen, Sweden - Best Place to Visit in Summer

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Known as "Sweden’s liveliest summer town”, Smögen is a quaint coastal town with great oomph. The natural and manmade beauty here merges to offer a truly unique experience. The beautiful waters, colorful houses and waterfront bars and restaurants add to the sophisticated charm of Smögen. All this make this town a must see place in Scandinavia.

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3. Lofoten, Norway - Land of Midnight Sun

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Lofoten is an archipelago in the Norwegian Sea. Known for the dramatic scenery, Lofoten, a small town in Europe has everything from mountains to beaches. In Lofoten, you can also bask in the midnight sun and enjoy the beautiful natural beauty or go kayaking between islands and fishing.

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4. lesund, Norway - Skiing Destination of Scandinavia

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lesund is one of the most visited towns in Norway. A popular destination, it is known for its fjords, art nouveau architecture and ski slopes. Do visit the famous Geirangerfjorden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be the most beautiful fjord in Norway.

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5. Dragr, Denmark - Best Scandinavian City Break

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The town of Dragr is ideal for a day trip from Copenhagen. The pretty yellow houses along cobbled stone streets make it a charming place to walk around. The harbor is lined with sailboats and fishing boats.

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6. Stavanger, Norway - Beautiful Small Town in Europe

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Stavanger is best explored on foot. The scenic attractions here include the famous Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock"), Lysefjord and Sola beach. Old Stavanger is also known for the best-preserved wooden house settlement in Europe.

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7. Aarhus, Denmark - Happiest City in the World

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Aarhus is one of the most popular shopping destinations in Scandinavia. Situated on the Jutland Peninsula, a must visit attraction here is the Jelling Rune Stones, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are also several beaches and fjords to explore in the area. Aarhus is known as one of the happiest cities in the world so put on a smile had go see what it has to offer.

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8. Reine, Norway - Most Beautiful Village in the World

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Located in the Lofoten archipelago on Moskenesya Island, this tiny fishing village deserves a special mention. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the world, with historic red and white fisherman’s cabins that line the coast and flanked by jagged granite peaks that tower over it.
 
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9. Odense, Denmark - Ancient Scandinavian Village

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The birthplace of fairytales and the childhood home of Hans Christian Andersen, Odense is a charming fantastical place. There are museums dedicated to him and to composer Carl Nielsen. The nightlife of the Odense is all about cozy bars with live music.

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10. Bergen, Norway - Picturesque City in Scandinavia

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Bergen is a large city compared to most in Norway but has still managed to retain a small town charm. The people are friendly and helpful, the city is picturesque and laidback. It is famous for the seven mountains that surround it offering the best of the views from almost anywhere in the city. So start creating your travel plans for Norway now!!

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11. Visby, Sweden - Viking Town in Scandinavia

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The town of Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Located on Gotland, Visby has a rich Viking history and is a gorgeous medieval city. A 13th century wall that goes on for 2.2 miles with most of its gates and towers still intact surrounds the old town of the city. The rich history and and enduring architecture have caused it to be called "the city of roses and ruins”.
 
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12. Kalmar, Sweden - Summer Destination of Scandinavia

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Kalmar is one of Sweden’s top summer destinations. It is largely surrounded by water and has a lovely beach with a quirky name Kattrumpan (The cat's bottom). There are two awe-inspiring sturctures one must see here, namely the beautiful Kalmar Castle which is an iconic landmark and the Öland bridge which was Europe’s longest bridge when it opened in 1972.

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Scandinavia is often confused to include Iceland and Finland owing to their similarity in culture. However, it comprises only of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Most tourists know and visit the large metropolitan cities here but it is in the small towns and villages that one finds the true heart of Scandinavia. 

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