Preikestolen - The Pulpit Rock, Norway
This rock plateau shoots 604 meters (1980ft) straight into the sky and is among the most frequented nature attractions in Norway. To make things even better, hiking up there only takes around five hours. Several routes, easily walkable terrain, few steep sections and fresh air make this hike extra pleasant. Be prepared to meet many fellow hikers on this trail though — everyone is out to see what the hype is all about.
The Landmannalaugar Hike, Iceland
This hike is listed as one of the world’s top 20 hikes by National Geographic, and for good reason. It’s hard to describe the range of experiences you will have during this 10-hour long hiking adventure. Starting with bubbling mud ponds and natural hot springs all the way to mountains colored by rhyolite and incredible views from their peaks, Landmannalaugar hike deserves its spot on the list of best hikes in Scandinavia. With unpredictable weather and fairly challenging terrain, this hike can easily be a true Scandinavia backpacking trip.
The Jämtland Triangle, Sweden
If you’re looking to combine challenges outdoors with a comfy bed and local cuisine delicacies, this hike is right up your alley. Many rustic cabins with steaming hot saunas and exclusive restaurants welcome hikers who decide to take on the Jämtland Triangle. The trail stretches for 47 kilometers (29mi), but the terrain is easy to walk on and there are no drastic changes in elevation. Overall, bright blue lakes surrounded by idyllic pastures and birch forests will make for a pleasant and mellow 3-day hike.
Camønoen - The Møn Trail, Denmark
Camønoen was made famous by the white chalk cliffs with massive drops straight into the water. While the entire trail amounts to a whopping 175km (110mi), you can shorten the adventure by skipping sections and heading straight for the cliffs. The trail is considered one of the friendliest for hikers of all preparation levels hiking in Denmark and has accommodation as well as retail stores available. The beaches are also home to numerous fossils such as sea urchins and crab shells. If hikers are lucky enough to find something super rare, they can have it approved at a nearby geological museum and keep it!