Fall in Scandinavia – In Photos

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 road trip around Provence, nothing sounded more heavenly to me than Scandinavia. Especially in the fall. Especially by myself.

Norway

visit Flåm

Chilling in Flam

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On the Flam train

Mount Fløyen

Flåm train

On the Flam train

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Norwegian cabins in the forest

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Akershus fortress in the fall

 

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.

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.

Sweden

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Overlooking Gothenburg

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Cruising in the Gothenburg archipelago

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Autumn sunsets are the best!

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Strolling in Djurgarden, Stockholm

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Cheeky birds ;-)

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Stockholm

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Stockholm harbour

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Traditional wool socks

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Malmo

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Swedish architecture

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Bikes? What bikes?

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.

Denmark

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Tivoli Gardens

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Tivoli decked out for Halloween

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Christiana in Copenhagen

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Rosenborg Palace

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Fall is so romantic!

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Christiniana

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Colourful houses in Odense

Odense, HC Andersen's hometown

Odense, HC Andersen’s hometown

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Beautiful Odense

October was well underway when I finally got around to cross the Øresund strait and enter Denmark. The days were 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?

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!

Scandinavians, as I learned during my trip, kind of have a thing for coziness, 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: gemytligIt means a situation that induces a cheerful mood, peace of mind, sense of belonging, coziness and leisure, 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.

20 Comments on Fall in Scandinavia – In Photos

  1. Must for Wanderlust
    September 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm (3 years ago)

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

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  2. Cheryl Howard
    September 7, 2013 at 11:21 am (3 years ago)

    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
      September 8, 2013 at 5:55 pm (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  3. Laura @Travelocafe
    September 8, 2013 at 11:36 am (3 years ago)

    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
      September 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  4. Jennifer
    September 16, 2013 at 10:36 pm (3 years ago)

    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
      October 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  5. Patti
    September 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm (3 years ago)

    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
      October 6, 2013 at 12:29 pm (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  6. Annie@GreenGlobalTravel
    October 1, 2013 at 7:00 am (3 years ago)

    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
      October 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm (3 years ago)

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

      Reply
  7. Alexandre
    November 9, 2013 at 12:28 am (3 years ago)

    What camera did you use for the pictures?

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    • Marie-Eve Vallieres
      November 11, 2013 at 10:19 am (3 years ago)

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

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  8. Sara
    September 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

    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

    Reply
  9. Megan Peterson
    September 23, 2015 at 9:38 am (1 year ago)

    I really enjoyed looking at your blog! I admire that you’re doing what you love in life :)

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    • Marie-Eve
      September 30, 2015 at 10:59 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Megan! That is kind of you to say :-)

      Reply
  10. Frederik
    February 16, 2016 at 7:04 am (11 months ago)

    Lovely pictures, nice to hear that you’ve enjoyed Copenhagen.

    Just a small correction. The picture you have capitioned ‘Christiania’ is actually not from Christiania but from Christianshavn. The canal is called ‘Wilders kanal’

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    • Marie-Eve
      February 29, 2016 at 8:45 am (11 months ago)

      Yes I know! It’s the closest thing I could find to Christiania since visitors are not allowed to take pictures there.

      Reply

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