Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Get your reservations for top restaurants done way ahead of time.
  • Book accommodation in capital cities and in Iceland.
  • Think about public transport: book trains ahead and consider a Eurail/Interrail train pass.
  • Check for reciprocal health cover.
  • Get a Russian visa if you're planning a side trip to St Petersburg.

What to Take

  • HI membership card, towel and sleep sheet for hostels.
  • Tent and sleeping bag for hiking – huts fill fast.
  • Powerful insect repellent in summer.
  • Eye mask for the never-setting summer sun.
  • Swimsuit – there are lots of hot springs, hotel spas and lakes to jump in.

What to Wear

Scandinavians have mastered the art of dressing casually without looking scruffy but you'll fit in no matter what you choose to wear.

For winter visits you'll need decent thermal underwear, waterproof boots and top layer, woolly hat, gloves and a neck warmer.

What to wear in the sauna: nothing! Locals never wear swimsuits there.