Why you should Travel Solo in Scandinavia

Travelling solo is increasing in popularity and with good reason. You travel on your own terms and are more open to meeting new people. You learn a lot about yourself, and a solo trip can expand your horizons in ways you’ve never imagined. Here’s why we think Scandinavia is one of the best destinations for solo travellers.

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Natacha Müller

Natacha has lived in Norway since 2019. She spends most of her free time traveling and exploring places throughout Scandinavia. Her tips on how to make the best of your time in the North will make your trip unforgettable.

Safe Travels: Scandinavia's Low Crime Rates

Travelling solo can be daunting, but in Scandinavia, you can rest assured that you're exploring some of the safest destinations in the world. With low crime rates across the region, you can enjoy your trip with peace of mind, knowing that your safety is a top priority. In fact, Finland and Iceland consistently rank among the safest countries to live in globally, making them ideal destinations for solo travellers seeking a secure and stress-free experience. That said, exercising caution and using common sense while travelling is always important, no matter where you go. By taking a few simple precautions and staying aware of your surroundings, you can ensure that your solo adventure in Scandinavia will be remembered for all the right reasons.


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Seamless Journeys: Scandinavia's Excellent Public Transport 

Travelling solo to Scandinavia is an absolute breeze, thanks to the region's well-organized and reliable public transport systems. Whether hopping on a train, bus or overnight ferry, getting from one place to another is effortless and seamless. Plus, public transport offers ample opportunities to interact with other solo travellers and friendly locals. Strike up a conversation with the person seated next to you, and who knows, and you might just end up making a lifelong friend. With Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen all seamlessly connected, you can easily explore the best Scandinavia offers without any logistical hassles.


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Solo Adventures: Vibrant Cities and Picturesque Nature

Scandinavia is a treasure trove of incredible experiences for solo travellers. Whether you're seeking the buzz of a vibrant city or the tranquillity of serene natural landscapes, you'll find it all here. With vibrant capitals like Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, you can explore bustling streets, rich culture, and world-class cuisine. Or, for a more serene experience, head to the breathtaking natural landscapes of Norway's fjords, Sweden's forests, or Iceland's volcanoes. The beauty of solo travel is that you can tailor your trip to suit your interests and preferences without compromising or missing out on any must-see destinations. So whether you're seeking adventure, culture, or simply a break from the norm, travelling solo is the perfect way to experience it all on your terms.


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Meet New People: Guided Tours for Solo Travellers

Travelling solo doesn't mean you have to go it alone - in fact, it's the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded travellers and friendly locals along the way. You'll have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make lifelong connections by joining organised activities and sightseeing tours. The best part? As a solo traveller, securing a spot on these activities at short notice is often easier, giving you the flexibility to explore the region on your own terms. And don't be surprised if you get invited to join in on local celebrations and festivities when you venture into the countryside - solo travellers are often welcomed with open arms and treated to unique and interesting cultural experiences.


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Friendly Locals: No Language Barrier in Scandinavia

While it's true that Scandinavians are often known for being introverted and private, it's important to note that this doesn't necessarily mean they aren't approachable or friendly. Many Scandinavians are more than happy to lend a helping hand and offer valuable advice to solo travellers exploring the region. While they may not be the ones to initiate conversation, they're always happy to engage in a friendly chat and share their knowledge of the area. And don't worry about the language barrier. With English being taught in schools from a young age, almost everyone you encounter on your travels will be able to communicate in English fluently. This is particularly true in the bustling Scandinavian capitals of Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, where you'll find a wealth of locals eager to engage with curious travellers.


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Diverse Cuisine: Scandinavia's Culinary Scene

Scandinavia's culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious, with each country boasting its unique flavours and dishes. From classic Scandinavian dishes like Swedish meatballs and Danish smørrebrød to Nordic fusion cuisine, there's something to satisfy every palate. And with a strong focus on fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and sustainable practices, you can rest assured that every meal is not only delicious but also ethical. Solo travellers will find plenty of options to choose from, whether you're seeking a cosy café for a quick bite or a Michelin-starred restaurant for a special occasion. And with many restaurants embracing the trend of communal dining, solo diners can connect with locals and fellow travellers over a shared meal.


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Stay Connected: Excellent Internet Coverage

As a solo traveller, your phone can often be your best companion, and in Scandinavia, you'll find that technology makes exploring the region even more accessible. With excellent mobile phone coverage and Wi-Fi available almost everywhere you go, staying connected with friends and family back home is a breeze. And with Google Maps at your fingertips, getting around and exploring new areas is easier than ever. That said, if you're looking to escape the digital world and fully immerse yourself in your solo travel experience, Scandinavia has plenty of hidden gems that offer a break from the hustle and bustle of the online world. For a peaceful retreat, head to the Norwegian mountain peaks, where you can disconnect and enjoy a much-needed digital detox.


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By Natacha Müller / May 31 2023

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