You can hate or love the concept of Valentine’s; there’s no doubt about the fact that it’s here to stay! If you’re romantically involved with someone, they might expect a surprise of some kind – why not treat yourself and that special someone with a romantic get-away to one of Scandinavia’s hot spots? Forget about the usual restaurants and walks in a park – here’s the real deal.
The Blue Lagoon, Iceland
This is Iceland’s most famous thermal spa, where guests can relax in seawater heated by nature itself. No matter what time of the year you’re visiting this beautiful place, you’re guaranteed to get an experience for life – especially if you share it with someone special. It’s easy to reach from Reykjavik (approximately 40 minutes drive) and you can spend an entire day in the area – it will most definitely leave you with a feeling of domestic bliss.
The Geirangerfjord, Norway
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in the northern part of Norway making it a bit hard to get to, nevertheless, it’s a must-see for nature lovers and explorers! Geirangerfjord probably offers one of the most romantic views in Scandinavia, as visitors can experience an enchanting blend of rough nature, roaring waterfalls and endless sunsets. Bring your best hiking shoes and stay at one of the cosy hotels in Geiranger after exploring the area.
Gotland is an island located in the Baltic Sea approximately 90 kilometers from the Swedish coast. It has a rich history and there’s more than 92 churches from the Middle Ages – but that’s probably not why you would go there….the beautiful nature and authentic surroundings makes it the perfect destinations for lovers or anyone who would like some time off from their busy everyday life.
When you arrive to the island by ferry you’ll meet the historical town of Visby – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – adorned with rose-covered cottages, cobblestone streets and cute little shops from another era. Bonus info: there’s about 60.000 inhabitants in Gotland.
Stockholm’s archipelago, Sweden
Through time many artists, painters and writers have been fascinated and inspired by Stockholm’s archipelago and we understand why. While the area is widely popular during summer, it also has its charm in the winter season, where ice skating and hiking are popular activities.
The area is a popular holiday destinations for many Swedes hence the large number of holiday homes (more than 50.000), but you don’t have to be a local to stay overnight. There’s several guest houses and cosy hotels to check in to. Oh, and while you’re there, have a glass of wine while enjoying the beautiful sunset!
Stay in a beach hotel, Denmark
Denmark is famous for a number of things – including the historical and charming beach hotels, which have been welcoming guests for more than a decade now. In old times urbanites used them to regain inner peace and tranquility and that really hasn’t changed….although the interior and facilities have been updated quite a bit. From Gilleleje Badehotel (on the top of Sealand) to Svinkløv Badehotel (on the west coast of Jutland) – there’s certainly no better way to spend Valentine’s than at a beach hotel overlooking the ocean. Grab a robe, pour a glass of wine and enjoy some self-indulgence with your loved one! Most beach hotels in Denmark offer spa facilities and several of them has acknowledged restaurants too.
Coast and archipelago, Finland
While Stockholm is home to the second largest archipelago in the world, Finland has the biggest! The beautiful coast line is a haven for couples and adventurers looking for a romantic get-away far away from the hectic everyday life. Old wooden houses, light houses, stone churches and national parks are scattered around the coast and the 70.000 islands in the area! The charming towns of Hanko and Kotka offers idyllic landscapes and wellness experiences, which can be enjoyed both through summer and winter, and the city of Turku has a cultural identity as Finland’s historical centre.