Many people dream of escaping to the warm south in the winter months. But some camping enthusiasts are convinced of the opposite: if it's winter, then right! Discover our suggestions here for everyone who wants to immerse themselves in the winter wonderland of Scandinavia - and get inspiration for your own travel plans!
The North Cape is the northernmost point in Europe (accessible by road from the mainland) - and of course an absolute must for Scandinavia fans. The months of July and August are considered the best time to travel. But can you also attempt this trip under the extreme conditions of the polar winter? But yes! The requirements: a winter-proof motorhome, snow chains, good preparation (see our tips for winter camping in a motorhome) - and the joy of experiencing the very special magic of the Scandinavian winter.
One possible route to the goal: the route via Sweden and Finland to northern Norway. But you should take your time on this path. Because it is paved with invitations to winter outdoor adventures. Here are just a few suggestions among many, many:
Winter paddling on Lake Vättern, watching reindeer in Malå, hiking through the Storforsen National Park to the largest rapids in Scandinavia, snowshoeing in Harads, going on a husky sleigh ride to Kiruna or - already in the Norwegian part of Lapland - going on a big snow scooter safari near Karasjok...
The undisputed highlight of this trip, however, is the visit to the North Cape itself. The towns of Honningsvåg or Skarsvåg are suitable as base camps. Important: In winter, the last kilometers of the Northern Cape Road can only be traveled in a convoy.
To do this, you meet near Skarsvåg at set times, a snow plow drives ahead - and then you just have to make sure you don't lose sight of the vehicle in front or even stop! But the reward at the end of the route is worth the adventure.
In contrast to summer, there is a great chance to enjoy the view from the plateau of the mystical expanse of the Nordic Sea almost all alone in the middle of the polar night...
It is in a class of its own. Because the HYMER ML-T is not only exceptionally stylish and comfortable: especially thanks to the HYMER Smart Battery System 2.0 and the optional all-wheel drive, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the freedom of mobile travel with a high level of self-sufficiency and off the beaten path. And whether snowboards, alpine skis, cross-country skis or snowshoes: the generous storage space offers plenty of space for your winter equipment.
Norway in winter: everything dark and cold? Yes. And not even! Because the people in the north know how to make the best of the dark season - mentally, physically and spiritually.
So it's no wonder that there are lots of thermal baths, spas and saunas everywhere in Norway: in the cities, in the middle of beautiful fjord landscapes, in the extensive ski areas and even on a ship that has been converted into a wellness temple.
The best way to increase well-being, health and performance even in winter is of course to combine outdoor activities and spa enjoyment. For example, in Norway's oldest ski area: In Geilo, 250 kilometers of groomed cross-country ski trails and 34 kilometers of pistes invite you to really let off steam in the white splendor during the day.
The reward comes in the afternoon: you can enjoy the moment in deep relaxation in an exclusive 1000 square meter spa with a swimming pool, jacuzzi, various saunas and a climate zone with a pleasant 30 °C.
If you prefer the Norwegian coast instead of a ski resort, you could get your money's worth in the Ryfylke region (north of Stavanger). After an extensive snowshoe hike through the picturesque, rugged fjord landscape, going to the sauna is actually obligatory.
What is particularly attractive here are: B. the floating “bathrooms” in Lake Revsvatnet. Die-hard souls can also try out the ultimate Nordic wellness combination there: sauna and ice bathing.
Of course, city trips in Norway can also be perfectly combined with wellness experiences. In Kolbotn, for example, in the south of Oslo, one of Scandinavia's largest thermal baths offers the ultimate selection of spa offerings - including several waterfalls, Moroccan rhassoul and a Japanese bathhouse.
City highlight in the far north: Tromsø, the “Gateway to the Arctic”. The beautiful settlement, which is spread across a strip of mainland and an island, is a popular destination for whale watching and northern lights. The MS Vulkana is usually anchored there.
The former fishing boat was converted into a floating wellness center in 2009. In the winter months you can enjoy the saltwater whirlpool, hammam, sauna or Zen lounge in the glow of the blue-turquoise-green arctic light.
Wellness, already on the way to your destination: The HYMER B-Class MasterLine I is the HYMER of motorhomes - and offers exclusive travel comfort in every respect. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter power car, numerous driving assistance systems, a luxurious living concept, innovative solutions such as the HYMER Connect app and much more ensure that you can enjoy your independence at the highest level in summer and winter.
Nyhavn, the Amalienborg, the Tivoli, the Langelinje quay with the Little Mermaid... Everything is beautiful. But Copenhagen has many other, perhaps even more exciting sides. It is not for nothing that the capital of Denmark has been named UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in 2023. Copenhagen sets standards worldwide, especially in the area of contemporary re- and upcycling architecture. Our tip: wrap up warmly and take a guided tour of the highlights of sustainable building in the redesigned harbor area, e.g. B. with the “Guiding Architects”.
But Copenhagen could also claim the title of world design capital. The Design Museum Denmark (Bredgade 68) impressively shows why. And if you want to discover the latest trends in Scandinavian design, you shouldn't miss Copenhagen's Muuto store (Store Regnegade 12).
Modern art, on the other hand, has its home less in the center of the city than in front of its doors. The legendary Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is beautifully nestled in the coastal landscape, about 40 minutes' drive north of Copenhagen in Humlebæk. Also worth a trip to the surrounding area: the Arken Museum in Ishøj. An entire room here is dedicated to the works of the British artist Damien Hirst.
With so many discoveries, physical well-being should of course not be neglected. The Copenhagen street food culture offers delicious refreshments for in between meals, e.g. B. in Torvehallerne (nørreport metro station) or in the Tivoli Food Hall. Also recommended: have an aperitif in one of the bars on Ravnsborggade - to explore the diverse world of Danish craft beers. And if you then want to immerse yourself in Copenhagen's modern restaurant and nightlife scene, then an evening tour of the former slaughterhouse district of Kødbyen is an absolute must.
The new generation of Fiat camper vans not only offers a high degree of flexibility in the interior: thanks to their versatility, their compact dimensions and their high level of self-sufficiency, the all-rounders are suitable for both spontaneous city trips and longer tours into nature. And thanks to their excellent insulation, the camper vans offer a cozy, comfortable atmosphere even in winter.
On our website you will find numerous other inspiring travel reports: for your winter discovery tours - and for every other season.