Scandinavia Outdoors

More and more British walkers and backpackers now make the short journey north to the Scandinavian countries to enjoy some of the finest backpacking terrain in the whole of Europe, if not the world. In the September 2018 issue of The Great Outdoors, we’ve included a free 35-page magazine to give you a taster of what you can expect from your own adventure in the north.

On this section of our website you’ll find features, skills guides and more about backpacking and hiking in Scandinavia. We’ll be adding new features each week while the issue is on sale.

Hiking in Finland – how to turn a hobby into a full-time occupation

“Our varied landscapes with vast forests, thousands of lakes, magnificent islands, and the stark but beautiful treeless fells of Lapland are made for hiking. Finnish Lapland is the best place in Europe to see and experience the natural environment of the boreal region.”

Northern Light – exploring the Lofoten and Vesterålen islands

Cat Scully takes a whistlestop tour of the beautiful Lofoten and Vesterålen islands of Northern Norway, finding a fascinating land of mountains and fjords, and some rather youthful residents.

Hiking the Fjällräven Classic with Carey Davies

The Fjällräven Classic is an annual 68-mile / 110km backpacking event in one of Europe’s most northerly wildernesses, the awe-inspiring mountain landscape of Swedish Lapland.

One Swedish Summer: interview with Scandinavia Outdoors Guest Editor Mark Waring

“We worked hard to get a balance of content across Finland, Sweden and Norway and to try and incorporate a range of experience and voices.”

Ten Long Days in the Arctic

Mark Waring spends time exploring the High Arctic wilderness of Svalbard.

Is Norway’s hut system the best in the world?

More than a hut? Cameron McNeish travels to Norway to enjoy the country’s remarkable shelter system and the Nordic perspective on good outdoor living.

Best Scandinavian outdoor blogs

In our September issue, we’ve included a big supplement on outdoor adventures in Scandinavia. To whet your appetite, here are some of the top blogs on hiking and backpacking in Norway, Sweden and Finland.

Why are British backpackers heading to Scandinavia?

Alex Roddie investigates the wilder charms of backpacking in the Scandinavian wilderness – and why you should consider it for your next big trip.

Keen to read more?

Pick up a copy of our September issue, on sale now. Or why not subscribe? Subscribers get their copy before it’s in the shops – and there are substantial discounts available.

A polar medicine course in Arctic Norway

Expedition medic Philippa Hardy takes medicine to the extreme in Arctic Norway, learning how to deal with cold-water immersion – by doing it herself.

A dogsledding experience in the Arctic Circle

Scandinavians really know how to do adventure, as Paul Beasley discovered on a dogsledding trip inside the Arctic Circle.

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