Fall in Scandinavia - In Photos

Posted on 06. Sep, 2013 by in Denmark, Destinations, Europe Travel, Norway, Photo Posts, Sweden

I’ve mentioned this before - there are few things in life I hate most than hot weather. I would much rather move to northern Europe than tropical islands given the option. Feeling the crisp air brush against my cheeks while I venture on yet another leisurely  stroll is one of my favorite things, ever, perhaps even more so than cats or chocolate. And that’s saying something.

Traveling in the fall has plenty of upsides: fewer crowds, lower prices, not to mention, as you’re about to see, the beautiful scenery. I think that qualifies for a win-win.

So when I told people I was embarking on a grand tour of Scandinavia and Benelux by train in the dead of October, they all pretty much asked the same question:

-“But isn’t going to be freezing?”

To which I replied “Yes!” frantically, clapping my hands to demonstrate how happy that made me. Having just returned from a scorching weekend in Barcelona (think 40+ Celcius) and a two-week roadtrip around Provence, nothing sounded more heavenly to me than Scandinavia. Especially in the fall. Especially by myself.

Norway

Norway was kind of like starting a meal with dessert, or starting a play with the grand finale. It was spec-ta-cu-lah. I really thought of myself as more of a city girl, but trust me when I say that few other places in the world have made me feel more at peace with myself than the Norwegian countryside.

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Bergen

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Flåmsbana

Boarding the Flam train was definitely the highlight of my Norway trip — although, to be honest, I loved every minute I spent in the country. Seeing the flora change before my eyes as we got higher and higher in altitude was living proof of just how incredible nature is. Especially in Norway.

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Riding along the Flåmsbana

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Traditional Norwegian houses in the woods.

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Oslo

Sweden

Although Norway didn’t disappoint, I was mostly excited for Sweden. I’d been longing to see what the Swedish hype was all about, both in terms of design, food and attitude. The countryside of Sweden actually reminded me of the forests back at home in Canada, and that alone made my journey that much more special.

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Lilla Torg, Malmö

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Lilla Torg, Malmö

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Looking at Östermalm from Djurgärden, Stockholm

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Heather flowers are hugely popular in Scandinavia in the fall.

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Cycling in Djurgärden in the fall = win.

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Göteburg archipelago

Denmark

October was well underway when I finally got around to cross the Øresund strait and enter Denmark. The days where noticeably shorter, and the weather, well, not nearly as cooperative as it had been during the first leg of my trip. But that didn’t stop me — what would fall in Scandinavia be without drinking massive amounts of coffee while sitting on a terrace, covered in a blanket?

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Eventyrhaven in Odense, dedicated to H.C. Andersen.

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Odense

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Halloween in Tivoli Park, Copenhagen

This sight actually surprised me, in more ways than one: not only is Tivoli Park even more beautiful at night, it’s also one of the few places I’ve seen in Europe that celebrates Halloween and extensively decorates with all things pumpkins, witches and leaves. Quite a magical and highly unexpected sight!

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Copenhagen

Blankets, candles and flowers -- Scandinavian cozyness at its best.

Blankets, candles and flowers — Scandinavian cozyness at its best.

Scandinavians, as I learned during my trip, kind of have a thing for cozyness, in the best sense of the word. Being comfortable in their environment, both physically in spiritually, is of utmost importance to them, so much so the Swedes have a word for it: gemytlig. It means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, sense of belonging, coziness and unhurry, and they achieve it by adding blankets to outdoor chairs, lighting candles whenever possible and drinking/eating flavorful treats.

Such is the spirit of Scandinavia. And frankly, I can’t see anything wrong with that.

My trip around Scandinavia was made possible by Eurail.com, Visit Denmark, Visit Sweden and Visit Norway.

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16 Responses to “Fall in Scandinavia - In Photos”

  1. Must for Wanderlust

    06. Sep, 2013

    Lovely photos! Makes me that much more excited to visit Finland & Norway this Winter :) x

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  2. Cheryl Howard

    07. Sep, 2013

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! It’s so romantic and beautiful. Love your photos, you’ve captured the essence of fall very well.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      08. Sep, 2013

      Thanks so much Cheryl! it’s my favorite time of the year as well :)

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  3. Laura @Travelocafe

    08. Sep, 2013

    Autumn can be really beautiful when it’s not raining and it’s not too cold. Wonderful photos.

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      08. Sep, 2013

      Autumn on a sunny day is the best day ever. Thanks for the kind words Laura!

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  4. Jennifer

    16. Sep, 2013

    One of the things I love is decorating for Halloween. So that is something I definitely miss about living in Europe. It’s fun to see Denmark celebrates!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Oct, 2013

      Indeed! It was such a welcome surprise. I really missed the Halloween spirit!

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  5. Patti

    17. Sep, 2013

    Wow! These photos are gorgeous, I absolutely love the fall colors! Fall is my most favorite time of year and I agree, a great time to travel!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Oct, 2013

      Thanks Patti! Scandinavia is such a beautiful place to be in the fall.

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  6. Annie@GreenGlobalTravel

    01. Oct, 2013

    As a Norwegian it’s always interesting to see what visitors think of my home. I’m glad you enjoyed your stay!

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      06. Oct, 2013

      I really did, Annie. Immensely! Some of my fondest memories of travel are in Norway.

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  7. Alexandre

    09. Nov, 2013

    What camera did you use for the pictures?

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres

      11. Nov, 2013

      A mix of iPhone 4S and a Canon Reflex T3i DSLR with a regular 18-55mm lense.

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  8. Sara

    27. Sep, 2014

    Hi Marie-Eve,

    I’m Canadian too, and living in London. I’m about to book my travel in mid-end October to visit Scandinavia. I’m not familiar with the geography which makes planning the trip a bit difficult and time-consuming. I’d love if you wouldn’t mind sharing your itinerary with me! Even if it’s just an order of cities. :)

    Thank you so much in advance!
    Best,
    Sara

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