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Norway or Finland? Our Guide to Deciding

Norway or Finland? Our Guide to Deciding


Both countries offer breathtaking Nordic experiences — so how do you decide where to head off on your next scenic holiday?

Northern lights over Norwegian mountain

Are you dreaming of a breathtaking trip where you can take in majestic landscapes, picturesque villages, and a little bit of Nordic enchantment along the way? Norway and Finland both offer captivating experiences and each has its own unique charm. From the Northern lights to Santa villages, let’s compare the benefits of both so that you decide on the best Nordic adventure for you.

Unmissable tourist attractions in Norway

1. Norway’s stunning scenery

There’s one word for Norway’s natural beauty — breathtaking. From fjords to snow-covered mountains to glaciers, this landscape is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers, and photography enthusiasts. Unmissable sights include The Seven Sisters waterfall at Geirangerfjorden and the Jostedalsbreen glacier — the biggest in mainland Europe.

2. Tromsø — Capital of the Arctic

Yes, the Arctic has its own capital and it’s nestled in the heart of Northern Norway. The city of Tromsø captures all of the magic of this icy region, with highlights that include the awe-inspiring Northern Lights, the surreal Midnight Sun, and the opportunity for whale watching. 

3. The Western Fjords

Norway’s Western fjords are a must-see and there are over 1700 along its coastline. These natural wonders offer incredible photo opportunities and the chance to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the Norwegian wilderness. The country’s ‘King of Fjords’, the Sognefjord, actually stretches for over 127 miles. 

4. The Rauma Railway

Known as ‘the world’s most beautiful train ride’, you can enjoy the journey of a lifetime on Norway’s Rauma Railway. This jaw-dropping experience will take you through lush valleys past crystal-clear rivers and snowy peaks. It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss.

5. Drøbak — Norway’s Christmas Town

Think Santa only hangs out in Finland? Think again. If you’re seeking Christmas magic all year around, then head to Drøbak. This charming coastal town is famous for its Christmas spirit and even hosts Santa’s official post office in the Christmas House. It’s the perfect place to keep the holiday spirit alive, no matter the season.

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Incredible tourist attractions in Finland

Picturesque Finnish river boat and houses

1. Finland’s Glass Igloos

Picture yourself lying beneath a glass dome, gazing at the starry sky and hoping to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Finland’s glass igloos offer a unique and unforgettable way to experience the beauty of this untamed country. 

2. The Northern Lights

Finland’s aurora borealis is an otherworldly spectacle that you’ll never forget. Head to Finnish Lapland for the best chances of witnessing a mesmerising natural light show, which should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. 

3. Exhilarating husky rides

Or why not experience the thrills of dog sledding in Finland? The huskies will lead you on a wild adventure through snow-covered landscapes, creating memories that will last forever. Or if you’re feeling festive, you could opt for a reindeer ride instead. 

4. Santa Claus Village

For families and the young at heart, a visit to Santa Claus Village in Finland is a dream come true. Meet Santa, send a postcard from the Arctic Circle and soak up the very merry Christmas atmosphere.

5. Finland’s Ice Hotel 

At the iconic Ice Hotel in Funland, you can become part of a fantastical world of ice, snow and artistry. This unique experience lets you sleep in an artfully crafted ice suite surrounded by dazzling glacial sculptures.

Conclusion

Whether you choose Norway or Finland, you’ll be embarking on a journey of a lifetime. Both countries offer a wealth of year-round attractions and a fairytale landscape in winter. So what’s it going to be — fabulous Finland or naturally stunning Norway?

Looking for the perfect place to stay in Norway or Finland? Norden Homes offers sleek, contemporary furnished apartments in Turku and Helsinki — plus a 99% customer satisfaction rating. Make yourself at home and enjoy having our holiday escapes as your comfy base while exploring. 

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By: Georgia Austin updated on 20.11.2023

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