Summer dreams: getaway to the best nordic islands

Summer dreams: getaway to the best nordic islands

International tourism

For your next trip, escape to a non-tropical island and enjoy plans like: the midnight sun in Greenland, Michelin-starred food on Bornholm and scuba diving on the Lofoten islands, our list of the best Scandinavian islands has it all!

Åland Archipelago, Finland

Have coffee and cakes on the tiny island of Kobba Klintar

It is an archipelago of red granite with 6,500 baptized islands of which only 60 are inhabited, in Åland you can fulfill your dream of going from island to island. They are livelier in the summer, when you can sail, boat and fish.

Go hiking in a pine forest, bike the bridges that connect the rocky islands, and marvel at the midnight sun. You can also take a refreshing dip in the Baltic, and then warm up in the sauna. Also, the islands are populated enough to enjoy, but without stress. Picturesque wooden houses and lush parks characterize the city of Mariehamn, which has a maritime museum that you should not miss.

You can access the archipelago from Helsinki or Stockholm, and the trip will take a couple of hours.

Visingsö, Sweden

An island for history lovers: visit the ruins of Visingsborg Castle in Visingsö

An island for history lovers: visit the ruins of Visingsborg Castle in Visingsö

Legend has it that Visingsö was formed when a giant threw a tuft of grass into Lake Vättern. Undoubtedly, the legend is a perfect fit for this historic island, which houses the ruins of the imposing Visingsborg Castle and a gigantic oak forest that is used for shipbuilding.

In Visingsö, families will feel at home. There are horse or carriage tours, beautiful gardens and an alpaca farm that will delight children. To get to Visingsö, you will have to take a boat in Gränna (east coast of the lake) that takes about 45 minutes. Once there, you can rent a bike to move around the island.

Öland, Sweden

The limestone formations of Byrums Raukar are impressive

The limestone formations of Byrums Raukar are impressive

With its prime location on the Baltic Sea, Öland is one of the sunniest places in Sweden. An imposing limestone plateau dominates the southern half, while structures and burials from the Stone Age bear witness to its 8,000-year history. Once a playground for royalty, the island boasts diverse landscapes that will please nature lovers and photography fans alike.

Stop at Borgholm Castle, dating from the 12th century, and visit Gråborg Fortress and the nearby Saint Canute’s Chapel in the center of the island. Photograph the Byrum rock formations in the north and take advantage of the weather: the strong winds are ideal for windsurfers and kitesurfers. You can get there by bus or car on the Ölandsbron Bridge, and once on the island, get around by bike or bus.

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Ramberg Beach is the perfect place to watch the midnight sun

Ramberg Beach is the perfect place to watch the midnight sun

High above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Islands offer a diverse landscape with mountains, fjords, and beaches, making them a perfect getaway. The warm Gulf Stream maintains warmer temperatures than expected and creates stunning conditions for hiking, rafting, diving or fishing. Surfers will be able to dare with some of the northernmost waves in the world.

Staying awake until many is part of the plan: the midnight sun appears from May to July, and you can enjoy the northern lights from September to April. History buffs should visit Borg, which houses a Viking museum inside a rebuilt Viking village. Fly from Oslo to Svolvær or Leknes with a stopover in Bodø or Tromsø.

Bornholm, Denmark

Come try some smoked herring at Hasle Smokehouse

Come try some smoked herring at Hasle Smokehouse © skoczekp

Located at the easternmost point of Denmark, Bornholm is a gem of the Baltic. Sunny and lively, it combines its rugged coastline with fishing villages and quirky round churches that will offer you perfect photos.

Rent a bike and tour the island from town to town, take a dip in one of its many white sand beaches, or dine in style at the Michelin-starred restaurant Kadeau. And for creatives, the island is also home to several glass and ceramic studios, including Baltic Sea Glass and Den Danske Keramikfabrik. Fly from Copenhagen (35 minutes) or catch a ferry from Ystad, Sweden (1.5 hours).

Trysunda, Sweden

Trysunda is ideal for walks in the sun

Trysunda is ideal for walks in the sun © linabjorkskog

Trysunda could be the most beautiful island in Sweden, it is undoubtedly a picturesque corner of the Örnsköldsvik archipelago. Roads and cars have not reached it, so you can move along a path that will take you along impressive cliffs, beautiful beaches and a picturesque U-shaped town with a very cute wooden chapel.

Save some time for Storviken Beach, with its colorful pebbles and “seats” hollowed out of the rocks. Reach the red rocks of Rödskaten and enjoy a barbecue in the sheltered area. Nature reserve and geological wonder, Trysunda offers experiences for all tastes. You can get there by ferry from Köpmanholmen (30 minutes).

Ærø, Denmark

Ærøskøbing's colorful old houses are the perfect lens for your camera

Ærøskøbing’s colorful old houses are the perfect lens for your camera © lucividal

Travel centuries back in time with a visit to this gem of the Baltic, one of the favorite destinations for getting married, and for good reason. The charming town of Ærøskøbing seems straight out of a fairy tale, with its cobbled streets and colorful buildings, some from the 17th century.

Stop to look at Prior’s house (1690), the old church, the brilliant windmill, or the cooks’ house, where the sailors prepared food. Save some time to visit Søby, where you will see ancient galleons and Viking ships that are being restored.

Art, crafts, golf and visits to breweries round off the offer of this lively destination. You can get there by train, ferry or car, and it’s about three hours from Copenhagen.

Læsø, Denmark

Læsø is known for its houses with seaweed roofs

Læsø is known for its houses with seaweed roofs

In the middle of Kattegat, this quiet oasis could not be more. Famous for its seaweed roofs, white sand beaches and lobsters, it has a lot to offer to the eye … and to the stomach.

Explore the island on horseback or by bicycle, it is flat and very easy to explore. It has an 18-hole golf course that offers amazing views, and those who are passionate about running They have an appointment here in June, during the marathon. Make a stop at Læsø Salt, where you will discover the history of the island’s economy, based on salt. Relax at Læsø Kur, an ancient church now transformed into a spa, and marvel at the mind-blowing Ethnographic Museum Museumsgården. You can get there by ferry from Frederikshavn (90 minutes) or by plane from Roskilde (one hour).

Greenland

Summer is the best time for hiking in Greenland

Summer is the best time for hiking in Greenland

There is nothing comparable to the largest island in the world. It offers hiking trails, mountain trails, dog sledding and heliskiing, a complete playground for athletes. If you fancy a more relaxed experience, visit Northeast Greenland National Park, where you can see polar bears and walruses, warm to 30 degrees in the Uunartoq springs, and sail in the midnight sun from May to July.

Culture lovers will also have plenty to explore. You can visit the Greenland National Museum and the ruins of the Hvalsey Church. Qaanaaq, the northernmost town in Greenland, is ideal for viewing the Northern Lights.

Fedje Island, Norway

Take in the views from Hellisøy Lighthouse on Fedje Island

Take in the views from the Hellisøy lighthouse on Fedje Island © levi.s91

In the west of Norway, Fedje is made up of 125 tiny and sparsely inhabited islands. Known as “the place where fish always bite”, it is a fisherman’s paradise. But despite having only 600 inhabitants, it has plenty of places to visit, such as the incredible cast iron lighthouse of Hellisøy, which dates from 1855 and you can visit from June to August. To the west, Vinappen will offer you stunning views of the sea as well as World War II buildings.

A striking church, a pewter factory and a museum on the coast complete its cultural offer. If you are an active person, you will be able to do routes through its steep terrain, go rafting or explore the islands by bike. The Bergen to Fedje ferry takes about an hour.