Biking and Walking Holidays in Northern Europe
Northern Europe has some of the most dramatic landscapes and scenery in the continent, and even the world. From deep fjords and valleys, vast lakes and forested hills, to glaciers and jagged mountain peaks, the views are absolutely spell-binding.
Without a doubt the best way to enjoy the sights is by getting out and exploring. During winter months this may only be possible on skis in more remote areas, but throughout the rest of the year walking and biking are a great way to discover the region.
Walking holidays in Norway
The striking Norwegian landscape is truly unforgettable. One of the most tremendous examples is the Sognefjord in the west of the country. It is in fact the world’s longest fjord; the dark blue waters indicate the depths they delve to, soaring out at sheer angles are the mountains, the top of some remaining snow covered throughout the year.
The fjord region has excellent hiking and walking holidays available for those seeking a challenge. The steep terrain is tough going but once at the top the sights are reward enough. With views over glaciers, mountain peaks, the steepest of hills and small villages clinging to their sides.
Highly recommended is the hike up to Vidasethovden, way above the Sognefjord offering enthralling views.
Walking and biking holidays with a twist in Sweden
The county of Skåne in the south of Sweden is also an ideal holiday spot. With rolling green hills, pine forests, huge lakes, small cottages, and its famously long and sandy coastline, the landscape is softer than that of the fjords in Norway. This makes for more gentle walks and bike rides which can be enjoyed year-round thanks to the milder climate.
If culture is your thing head to Ystad in southeast Skåne; setting of the world famous crime novels by Henning Mankell. Fans of the fictional detective Kurt Wallander can visit landmarks described in the books (such as the police station) and restaurants the detective regularly frequents.
As with the other Nordic countries, camping and renting cottages is popular, but excellent B&Bs and simple hotels are commonly found in towns.
Biking holidays in Finland
Just off the coast of Turku in southwest Finland is an incredible archipelago made up of 20,000 islands. The area is perfect for biking holidays thanks to the islands being connected by roads, bridges, and ferries, making up the 200km Archipelago Trail.
The 5 day cycle route takes you from the mainland out over several tiny islands and back again. During the summer, fields are filled with sunflowers, trees are fluffy and green, the smooth rounded rocks along the shoreline are warm underfoot, and the clear seawater makes a delightful swim.
Buildings on the islands are typically wooden; painted in warm colours and set in large grounds. When you feel the need to stop there are museums of the area’s maritime culture, historic buildings, ruins to explore, and harbours to wander around. Accommodation primarily consists of campsites and cottages to hire.