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Explore Scandinavia's remote wilderness areas, the winter wonderland of Lapland and the storybook castles of the Baltic States.
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Known as the "Land of a Thousand Lakes" Finland offers up stunning forested landscape dotted with pristine waters, where you can explore untouched wilderness in all seasons, boating and canoeing in the summer and ice skating or snowshoeing in the winter. The Midnight Sun burns brightly throughout summer, while the Northern Lights dance across the winter sky - Sweden offers stunning wilderness in the north, endless beaches in the south and rolling countryside in between. The Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia & Lithuania are simply waiting to be explored, with distinct and different languages, culture and traditions, the Baltic States have an abundance wildlife-rich areas to discover and romantic old towns only found in fairytales.
Cycle along quiet backroads, go canoeing or kayaking in the Finnish lakeland, or wander the cobblestone streets of Tallin's old town or meet the King of the Forest, the moose, as they roam and forage in Sweden's forests; there are plenty of activities to get you into the great outdoors during the summer months in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. Or head to the frozen north and explore the wild expanses of Lapland, uncover rich cultural experiences with the indigenous Sami people, or even go fat biking in the Finnish wilderness; winter activities abound.
Experience the magic of the Northern Lights in winter
Take an exhilarating ride on a dogsled and travel through the snowy wilderness
Stay in a custom-built ice hotel
Visit pristine wilderness regions, see gothic castles and quaint villages
Spend time learning about the culture of traditional Sami reindeer herders
Discover the unique wildlife of the pristine woodland landscapes
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Midsummer celebrations are popular across Scandinavia, when people gather to celebrate the longest day of the year, either with a bonfire or a maypole decorated with flowers.
Please consult a medical practitioner or contact The Travel Doctor for your specific risk to these preventable diseases and the appropriate avoidance measures. Australians travelling to Scandinavia or the Baltics should also ensure that they have adequate travel insurance to cover the length of their stay. For further information please visit the Smartraveller website
Electrical Plug type: European
Voltage: 220-240 volts
Emergency Services: 112. This number will reach emergency services in all of the countries listed above. The emergency services may not always have English speaking staff.
Shops generally open from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, with reduced hours on Saturdays and Sundays in major shopping centres. Some supermarkets may open seven days a week until 11pm. Local specialities include woollen knitwear, handmade ceramics, glassware and silver jewellery.
Tips are not expected across Scandinavia and the Baltics since service charges are included in the bill. However, locals generally leave around 5-10% of the bill if they were satisfied with the service quality. In Lithuania, it is customary to tip 10% of the total bill.
Getting around Scandinavia and the Baltic States are easy, with car travel the most common mode of transport for visitors. The road systems are extensive and easy to navigate with most major highways paved. Several airlines provide domestic and international flights to neighbouring countries. Scandinavia has an extensive railway network, and ferries connect the islands, fjords and archipelagos. Travellers should always be sure to drive carefully and monitor weather forecasts, particularly in winter.
Local languages include, Swedish, Finnish, Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian. Most people also speak English.
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