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Explore the Wild National Parks of the Nordic Region

 

Head for snow-capped mountain peaks, deep, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, or incredible dune landscapes. Here are some inspiring suggestions for which national parks you should visit in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.

 

If you are into outdoor life, dizzying views, and genuine adventures, all you need to do is slip on your hiking boots, zip up your rucksack and venture into one of the Nordic region’s many amazing national parks. Read on for a guide to eight magical destinations.

1. Unique Traces of the Ice Age

 

Mountains in flat-as-a-pancake Denmark? Yes! Created in the Ice Age, the 180 square kilometre Mols Bjerge National Park features a totally unique nature unlike anywhere else.  

 

There are views, beach, woodland, and abundant flora and fauna - in other words, plenty of different activities. Enjoy the countryside on one of the many hiking trails, on horseback or bicycle, or when cross-country skiing, or jump in the water and join the wind and kite-surfers at Videbæk Beach.   

 

Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark

2. Active, High-altitude Holiday

 

Jotunheimen means ‘home of the giants’. You’ll see why when you witness the numerous majestic mountain peaks in the area.

 

Book your accommodation from home and hike from one wooden cabin to another in the stunning, varied landscape of the national park. Try a rafting trip on the River Sjoa, explore the caves of Dumdalen, hike on some of the highest mountains in northern Europe - for example, on Besseggen, the most popular route in Norway – enjoying waterfalls, lakes, and valleys en route.

 

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway

It’s tempting to travel far when in search of adventure - but you don’t have to.

3. From Mountaintop to Glacial Valley

 

Fancy a weekend away from it all? Sarek is the perfect destination! The national park is the largest of its kind in Sweden, featuring everything from alpine-like mountain peaks and mountain areas to glacial valleys and dramatic waterfalls.

 

The area has no marked trails or cabins for accommodation, so exploring the area calls for a certain degree of experience. In return, the adventure factor and amazing nature are unbelievable.

 

Sarek National Park, Sweden

4. Fresh Air in Your Nostrils

 

Breathe the cleanest air in Europe (that’s scientifically proven!) and marvel at the breathtaking Lapland scenery of the Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park.

 

Depending on the time of year, you can put on your snowshoes, forage for mushrooms and berries, ice fish, or take a dip in one of the stunning mountain lakes. The national park features a total of 340 km of marked hiking and trekking trails. Maybe that’s why it is currently one of the most visited in the whole of Finland. 

 

Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park, Finland

5. Black Sun by the Wadden Sea

 

Watch open-mouthed as hundreds of thousands of starlings gather in flocks so huge that they even eclipse the evening sun. You can witness this phenomenon, known as ‘black sun’, in the Wadden Sea National Park.

 

Every year, the beautiful landscape, unique both in Denmark and globally, attracts millions of migratory birds and several different species of seal. Whatever the time of year, the views of the wild meadows, beaches, and sea are outstanding.

 

Wadden Sea National Park, Denmark

6. Waterfalls and Ice Climbing

 

The Fulufjället National Park is particularly famous for the 93-metre Njupeskär waterfall, one of the very highest in Sweden. But that’s not the only thing the 385 square kilometre park has to offer.  

 

Explore the rough, alpine landscape on skis or a snowmobile during the winter, or go on a guided tour of some of the area’s most beautiful backwaters and secret spots in the summer. You might even be lucky enough to spot a golden eagle from one of the many vantage points in the area.

 

Fulufjället National Park, Sweden

7. The Largest Glacier in Europe

 

Jostedalsbreen National Park is located in a beautiful wedge between two of the longest fjords in the world - Sognefjord and Nordfjord. At the same time, almost half of the area’s 1,315 square kilometres is completely covered by the largest glacier in mainland Europe.

 

In other words, the landscape here is exceptional. So are the experiences. Discover the huge glacier at close quarters on one of the many guided tours from Luster and Sogndal, or learn more about nature and culture in one of the national park’s three museums.

 

Jostedalsbreen National Park, Norway

8. Gourmet Food in the Glow of the Northern Lights

 

Great dining experiences are not the first thing you think about when you hear the words ‘national park’. But in Abisko in northwestern Lapland, the two things are not mutually exclusive.  

 

Aurora Sky Station, in the heart of this scenic park, is one of the best places in the world to witness the Northern Lights. And, as if that weren’t enough in itself, the site boasts an amazing restaurant where you can order food in true gourmet style while enjoying the view.

 

Abisko National Park, Sweden