There are many incredible places to go backpacking around the world, but none as great as Northern Europe. Gets lost in their endless royal palaces, castles, expansive forests, cross-country railways, snowy glaciers, and so much more. While Paris and Rome get much of the hype of Europe, a tour to Northern Europe will allow you to escape the heavily populated areas and harsh climates and discover more hidden gems of Europe – minus the crowds. Northern Europe is vast and you could easily spend a couple weeks traveling the countryside, but they are all well connected with railways and public transportation that makes it easy to get around. While you're in Northern Europe, don't forget to at least consider to take a tour to Scandinavia.
- One of the most popular countries in the world, England, is a dream destination with all of its beauty and grandeur. Rich in history you can explore some of the best historical palaces and castles all across London, Liverpool, Manchester, and York.
- Stare in awe at the Northern Lights in Iceland from November to March as you witness one of the best natural phenomena’s in the world.
- A trip to Scanadinavia will show you some of Northern Europe’s iconic landscapes taking you from Stockholm’s Royal Palace, down to the Round Tower of Copenhagen, then to the fish markets of Sweden, and finishing it off with the impressive churches and art galleries of Oslo, Norway.
- For one of the most affordable Northern European experiences, a trip to the Baltics is recommended! With a combination of Medieval and Baroque style architecture, you’ll find an endless supply of castles, cathedrals, bazaars and art galleries to keep you wondering at the marvel of human creativity.
- The climate around Northern Europe can be very unpredictable so be sure to pack multiple layers and additional clothes. Additionally, it’s highly suggested to bring an umbrella (especially in London) in case of showers.
- There are a few standards in most Northern European countries including: Avoid being overly noisy, ensure you are always punctual to events/meetings, and greet others with a handshake.
- While tipping at restaurants and bars is not mandatory in Europe, unlike in other Western countries, it is suggested to round off the bill upwards with a tip to avoid change.