Scandinavia is a historic and cultural region of Europe, with so much to see and do. Its long and intriguing history mostly manifests itself in the Scandinavian cities, which not only harbor the history, architecture, and culture of the region’s incredible past but are also impressive gateways to Scandinavia’s famous landscape, which is known across the world for its breathtaking fjords, forests and wilderness, not to mention its proximity to the Arctic with the spectacular Northern Lights.
From cities that provide skiing holidays as well as cultural museums, to cities that are made up of islands and surrounded by crisp water and ancient castles, Scandinavia is a magical, marvelous destination for any visitor and these cities are the place to start.
Sweden’s capital city is one of the most beautiful cities in Scandinavia. With its incredible land mass made up of 14 little islands, the city includes a pretty old town, known as Gamla Stan and plenty of impressive museums to tell you more about the city and its interesting history. The city is also very picturesque with a number of green spaces and medieval alleyways to explore, and is surrounded by calming water – a unique position for the region and more than enough to keep you wanting more.
Another capital city, Copenhagen is Denmark’s pride and joy. Not only is Copenhagen a pretty city located on the islands of Zeeland and Amager, but it’s also an extremely environmentally friendly city. Discover its historic architecture, museums and art galleries that make the city a cultural paradise. And if it’s cityscape you are after, Copenhagen has it all with stunning canals and inviting neighborhoods that offer an insight into the charming population. You can also visit the stunning Tivoli amusement park and the city’s very own beaches, which are renowned for being clean and beautiful.
Oslo may be the capital of Norway but it still manages to retain its roots. Known for being a local city with local activities, Oslo mixes the modernity of huge glass skyscrapers with the old houses and buildings of its past, as well as with the vast and magnificent Norwegian landscape. Located on the water and close to the wild islands and mountains of Norway, the city is not only known for its cultural assets but also for its action-packed adventures, including kayaking, hiking, and sailing, which are easy to do from the city.
Bergen might be known for being one of the rainiest cities in Europe, but you can forgive a little bit of water when you see the stunning landscape that surrounds it. Located opposite the Byfjorden fjord, the city evokes a feeling of nature from its very center. Famed for the pretty wooden houses that line its waterfront, Bergen is not only one of the prettiest cities in Norway, it’s also one of the largest, with a bustling population and an easy link with Oslo.
As the second largest city in Sweden, Gothenburg has all of the history and the architecture of its larger neighbors, and plenty of Scandinavian landscape for visitors to be amazed by. The city is located in the heart of the breathtaking landscape of West Sweden, while the interior of the city is filled with quaint old streets, botanical gardens and nature reserves. Take a boat to explore the nearby islands and the picture-perfect cobbled streets of historic Haga.
The centuries-old city of Malmo is a quaint spot with beautiful houses and colorful buildings. The former capital of Sweden, Malmo is the perfect city for just walking around and embracing city life. Explore the pretty gardens, coffee shops and attractive old squares as you wander around the city which sometimes doesn’t feel much like a city at all.
The traditional town and surrounding region of Alesund is surrounded by mountains and landscape that is perfect for skiing and hiking, while the city itself is a Scandinavian mecca for art nouveau architecture. Wherever you are in the city you can enjoy and embrace the spectacular landscape that sits around it, in fact the city is a gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage in the Geirangerfjord, as well as the bird sanctuary island of Runde and the summits at the Hjorundfhord and the Sunnmorsalpene.
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If you’ve been planning a trip to Scandinavia, consider visiting one, or all, of the incredible cities listed above with an affordable car rental in Sweden. Set out and explore on any number of day trips and road trips, discovering all of the regions majestic landscapes and attractions! Kemwel offers a number of exclusive travel deals on more than just rental cars; check out our great rates on airfare, comfortable hotels, and more.
If you love the outdoors and are bewildered and amazed by impressive landscapes, then New Zealand’s South Island is the ultimate destination for your next road trip.
This spectacular scenery on the South Island has to be seen to be believed, and the best way to truly see it is to rent a car in Christchurch and take to the road. By driving you get to stop when you want, take photographs when you want, and really find yourself immersed in the landscape.
Reference the map below for more information regarding all the incredible South Island destinations mentioned below
Begin your road trip with these incredible scenic drives through the South Island, New Zealand:
Drive from Christchurch to Queenstown
Take one of the most impressive routes through the South Island and pass some of the most spectacular sights when you drive from Christchurch to Queenstown. On your way through be sure to stop off at the mesmerising Lake Tekapo, a magical lake that is part of the UNESCO Dark Sky Reserve, which means it can also double-up as a skygazing spot. Next, take a rest up at the Lindis Pass, a incredible range of mountains that really are wonderful in every season. Finally, be sure to stop at the lakeside town of Cromwell, your last break before the relentless energy and stunning scenery of Queenstown. This drive is over 400 km but it will be the most incredible drive you can do on the South Island.
Drive from Nelson to Queenstown
Take the West Coast route and see some of the South Island’s most treacherous and unique sites, such as glaciers and pancake rocks. This route takes you over the South Alps and through the stunning town of Wanaka, which offers views of snow-capped mountains and an enormous lake; Punakaiki, which its unique pancake rocks and blowholes, that are literally just 20 minutes from the main road; and the quaint town of Franz Josef and its less-than-quaint glacier before reaching the adrenaline-pumping Queenstown.
Drive the Crown Range
Take the highest main road in New Zealand, the Crown Range, which reaches 1,121 meters high. The drive can sometimes be a challenge with steep inclines and difficult conditions, but it is well worth it for some of the incredible views and stops along the way. Be sure to stop off at Lake Wakatipu and at New Zealand’s oldest hotel, Cardrona hotel.
Blenheim to Kaikoura
If you prefer a shorter drive then choose the calmer trip from the heart of the wine country, Blenheim to the wildlife capital of Kaikoura, where you can find all kinds of sea creatures, including whales and dolphins. Take State Highway 1 through the foothills that follow the coastline, and through the picture-perfect Awatere Valley. Stop off in local towns and villages for crafts and local food, and Lake Grassmere saltworks, where the ponds are a coral pink color in summer.
Twizel to Mount Cook
Another short, but beautiful, drive takes you from the active base of Twizel, perfect for mountain climbing, hiking and horse riding, to Mount Cook, where you can find the highest peak in New Zealand. On route you will drive on the edge of Lake Pukaki, a turquoise pool of water surrounded by mountains.
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If you’ve been planning a trip to New Zealand, a South Island road trip is a top choice? An affordable car rental in New Zealand will enable you to set out and explore on any number of day trips and road trips, discovering all of the South Island’s majestic landscapes and attractions! Kemwel offers a number of exclusive travel deals on more than just rental cars; check out our great rates on airfare, comfortable hotels, and more.
Wales may be small, but it does have some of the biggest and most impressive scenery in all of the UK. By renting a car and driving around the country you can really maximize the spectacular views, and stop whenever you want to for photo opportunities!
There are a number of road trips you can take when visiting Wales, and in fact Wales has some of the best UK road trips thanks to its interesting history and unbeatable landscape.
To begin your journey, here are some of the best places to visit in Wales by car:
One-day road trip
Wales is small, and so even if you only have a day to explore the country you can still see a lot of its natural beauty by jumping in the car and revving your engine. Start your day in Swansea’s Maritime Quarter – with its castles and coastal views and city charm. Next take a trip through the countryside of South Wales, and head to the Big Pit National Coal Museum, where you can take tours underground and experience a real coal mine. Finally, spend the early evening watching the sunset across the spectacular scenery of Abergavenny, a market town with delicious local food and a stunning mountain backdrop.
Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales
Two-day road trip
If you have a couple of days to spare to enjoy Wales, head to the west of the country. Here you can find some of the more intriguing sites and quirky settings in the UK. Head first to Carmarthenshire – the home of the Brecon Beacons National Park, where you can take long walks along the rugged coastline and craggy cliffs. Next explore the breathtaking Coastal Path of Pembrokeshire and spend some time relaxing on its pretty beaches, the perfect place to stop overnight and relax. Pembrokeshire is also home to the historic sites of the Dylan Thomas Boathouse in Laugharne, St. Govan’s Chapel, a chapel built into the side of a limestone cliff, and St. Non’s Well and its ancient history.
Anglesey Lighthouse, Wales
Three-day road trip
If you have a good three days to see the sights of Wales then be sure to begin your journey in the north east of the country. Up here you will find some of the most impressive landscapes and interesting villages and towns.
Start your adventure by staying in the stunning village of Beddgelert in Snowdonia, the famous coastal mountain region that is picture-perfect and untouched. The medieval Welsh village is stunning and perfect for some relaxing time before continuing the drive. On the edge of Snowdonia National Park you will come to Portmeirton, known for being the setting of the movie ‘The Prisoner’ but also as one of the most stunning Italianate villages.
Next drive along the coast and take in the town of Caernarfon, a royal town with an overbearing castle and beautiful port. On your final day, head out to the island of Anglesey, with its Celtic folklore and Roman history that dates back to 60 AD, the island is fascinating and breathtaking.
Wales by Car with Kemwel
If you’ve been planning a visit to the United Kingdom, why restrict yourself to only those attractions accessible by public transportation? An affordable car rental in Wales will enable you to set out and explore on any number of day trips or road trips with convenience and ease! Kemwel offers a number of exclusive travel deals on more than just rental cars; check out our great rates on airfare to Europe, comfortable hotels, and more.