What could be more wonderful than taking a vacation to a part of the world that, given geographic proximity, allows you to visit multiple countries, close together in distance, yet each completely its own when it comes to culture, attractions and cuisine. Meet the honest, hardworking and independent people of Finland and discover the country's range from rugged, unspoiled nature to modern, efficient cities. Self proclaimed as the country with the happiest people in the world Denmark is innovative and modern, complete with a relaxed contemporary lifestyle and historic castles. Norway on the other hand is a land of comforts. Travel to and from is simple and once there it is unique, easy and affordable. Sweden brings together nature and urbanity: wide-open spaces, fishing, coastlines dining and shopping. The country is truly a breath of fresh air.
- Known as the Land of the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights, Lapland with its scenic hills, uninhabitable forests, gorgeous lakes, raging rapids and endless snowfall is truly magnificent and a must-see for any traveler.
- Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Old Rauma is one of the oldest harbors in Finland with many of its preserved buildings still functional and being used by fine craftsmen, goldsmiths, and furniture makers.
- Located at the entrance of Helsinki Harbor, the Island Fortress of Suomenlinna is a showpiece of European military architecture and home to 900 full-time residents and a plethora of fine galleries, cafes and restaurants.
- Wind through numerous castles, manor houses, cottages, taverns and inns that once offered refuge to weary travelers on the historical King's Road, the original route between the old northern capitals of Oslo, Turku, Stockholm, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg.
- Somewhat of an exotic destination, the Retretti Art Centre, Punkaharju is known for its unique exhibition space which features a ground-level building and underground area hollowed out of bedrock.
- Fairy tales really do come true in Copenhagen, home of the Little Mermaid statue. Created in 1909 by brewer Carl Jacobsen, the piece was modeled after solo dancer Ellen Price from Fini Henriques' ballet "The Little Mermaid" at the Royal Theatre.
- Located in Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world and offers a little something for everyone, including the harrowing Daemon roller coaster, fairytale garden and beautiful carousel.
- Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family and consists of four identical palace facades, the first of which was built for Queen Sophie Amalie and housed an early presentation of a German opera, thought to be the first such performance in Denmark, in a specially built, temporary theatre.
- A must-see attraction for the kid in all of us is the original Legoland in Billund complete with Lego models of the Taj Mahal, Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen, the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore.
- The Copenhagen Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in Europe, still utilizing many of its original buildings and active in the safeguarding of several endangered species
- Tradition has it that the high Altar of the Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim stands on the exact spot of King, and later declared saint, Olav Haraldsson's burial site, causing pilgrims to flock to the church and the King's grave.
- Step into a winter party just 1,200 miles from the North Pole in the warm, lively and exotic city of Tromsø, home to reindeer rides, Sami meals and some of the highest levels of Northern Lights activity on earth.
- Located between a fjord and a glacier known as Jostedalsbreen, Ajostedal Glacier National Park is one of the most breathtaking places in the world with frozen waterfalls reaching up to 3,000 feet in height.
- Step into the world's strongest tidal current at Saltstraumen, famous for its fishing, tide pools, hiking and archaeological findings, but be careful and always wear a life jacket!
- A slice of heaven on earth the UNESCO protected Geirangerfjord is in Norway's southwestern region and surrounded by mesmerizing mountain peaks, untamed waterfalls and green landscapes; take a cruise, safari, drive or hike to appreciate nature's beauty.
- Pack a picnic, grab a fishing rod and board a boat to thoroughly soak in the beauty of Lake Siljan, a freshwater body of water located in the in the province of Dalarna.
- The mine at Falun, Dalarna was once world famous for its copper and since 1702 has been a regular tourist attraction, lifting visitors down to a depth of 180 feet and guiding them through passages and galleries down to Creutz Schakt, a pit shaft 700 feet deep.
- Constructed in the early 19th century Göta Canal formed the backbone of a waterway stretching 382 miles and linking a number of lakes and rivers to provide a route from Gothenburg to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea.
- High above the Arctic Circle, take a walk on the wild side on Kungsleden, a 275-mile-long route that runs through four national parks and a nature reserve, a total area larger than some European countries.
- Gotland Island is located in the middle of the Baltic Sea, making it one of the sunniest places in Sweden, and is the perfect place for partygoers, adventure seekers, solace finders and those searching out fine culinary experiences.