Why Autumn is the Best Time for a Scandinavian Cabin Vacation

While I'm enjoying the sunshine in Spain, I have Kacey from The Drifter Collective over to tell you why autumn is the perfect time to book a Scandinavian cabin vacation. I have to admit, it did feel weird to leave cold, rainy and stormy Tromso in early autumn to head to Spain for a beach vacation but I sure hope that I'll collect enough Vitamin D to get me through winter!

Anyway, if you already had your fair share of sunshine this year, I sure hope that Kacey can convince you to put a cabin getaway in the North on your bucket list!

Breathtaking landscapes, eclectic culture and soaking up the last days of sunshine and warmer temperatures, make autumn the perfect season to visit the Nordic part of the world. Scandinavia has just about anything and everything for each type of traveler – especially those looking to cozy up and enjoy the fall weather.

One of the best ways to do that across these Nordic countries is to do so by finding your very own place to call home – a cabin suited just to your tastes. Still not convinced? Check out what you’d be missing if you passed on your next cabin getaway.

Nature is literally a hop, skip and jump away.

Specifically, Sweden has twenty-nine (yes, you read that right) national parks and even more nature reserves (some 4,000 actually) on its small square footage. Meaning that your cabin holiday could put you right smack in the middle of all of Mother Nature’s glory, and you can finally disconnect from the stresses of daily life.

You’ll also find that the autumn months will be less full with tourists, leaving Sweden and its great cities open for you to wander without any crowds.

Norway is also right up there in the natural marvel department. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Fjord up close and personal. Pictures just simply don’t do them justice.

There’s also the Arctic Archipelago where you can stay in a cabin right smack in the center – no joke. It’s the rustic and beautiful holiday you maybe never knew you wanted.

And it’s still easy to get back to the city for a change of pace.

One of the great things about Scandinavia is proximity. You can be completely isolated and surrounded by forests, and in less than an hour, find yourself in the hopping city center of Oslo or exploring the myriad cultural identities of Helsinki.

No matter what kind of day or evening you decide to have, your cabin is patiently waiting for you to come home and cozy up by the fire with some wine and watch the sunset – even if your taste in lodging falls more along the lines of artsy and lakeside rather than too rustic.

But maybe you’re up for more adventurous accommodations.

You also have the opportunity to appreciate the autumn up close and personal, and that doesn’t mean observing the vibrant, changing foliage from the ground. Oh no – take ‘up’ for the literal meaning.

In both Norway and Sweden, you can either rent a treetop cabin or stay in a treehouse hotel and get a bird’s eye view of the majestic change of seasons in these beautiful countries.

It’s a totally different way to interact with nature and the living things that inhabit the forests there. You’ll be guaranteed to have a holiday experience unlike any other, and crazily enough, these cabins are open year round.

So if you feel like extending your stay into the winter, go right ahead.

You may even catch some Northern Lights.

Another reason to head to the Nordic countries during autumn is to witness the elusive and mind-blowing Aurora Borealis. If this phenomenon isn’t on your bucket list, stop what you’re doing right now and add it. You won’t be sorry.

Some argue it’s best to try and see the lights in winter, which isn’t necessarily incorrect. Yet, going at the end of autumn beginning of winter around October to November not only gives you some sun, but it also allows you to take in the changes that happen as the world up north freezes – and there’s a special kind of beauty in that.

You may like it so much; you might not want to come home.

Autumn is one of those seasons that reminds us of the fleeting beauty in life. In a way we connect more closely to nature during this season than any other. Add in the adventure of exploring unknown horizons and landscapes, and you’ve just given yourself an injection of adrenaline that is sure to linger.

A short cabin holiday may not be enough. But if you can’t afford to uproot your life to the nearest Fjord, there are other options such as building your own log cabin to make the cabin lifestyle you fell in love with a reality, even after the autumn has passed.

It’s not secret, Scandinavia is a treasure trove of beauty waiting to be explored and experienced by you. Avoid the larger crowds and witness the incredible changing of seasons all from the comfort of your own cabin.

The memories you make are the type that you will hold on to forever. Nothing is quite as spectacular as being reminded how mighty Mother Nature actually is, and who knows, it might change how you view everything after.

About Kacey:

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective. Throughout her life, she has found excitement in the world around her. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine.

She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations, cultures, and styles, while communicating these endeavors through her passion for writing and expression.

Her love for the world around her is portrayed through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

You can find her on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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