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Scandinavia in February


Aurora Borealis in Scandinavia

Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

© Courtesy of NASA

The Month of February:

Now that the winter travel season has quieted down, February travelers will be able to save quite a bit! If you enjoy winter sports but are on a tight budget, why not come to the Scandinavian countries in February. For travelers, the off-season tickets in February offer lower prices, less tourism, and fewer crowds. This is the perfect time of the year for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, or sledding in Scandinavia or to celebrate Valentine's Day in Scandinavia!

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The Weather in February:

Depending on how far north in Scandinavia you go, a February day averages 18 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit (constant freezing is not unusual in northern parts). February has the lowest temperatures.

Now the hours of daylight increase slowly: the southern parts (e.g. Denmark) get 7-8 hours; northern parts of Sweden receive 4-6 hours. In certain areas of the Arctic Circle, there is no sun at all in winter (a winter phenomenon called Polar Nights). Perfect to view the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)!

February Activities in Scandinavia:

February is perfect to visit the winter sports destinations Scandinavia is so famous for, especially Norway. Locate your favorite ski resorts in Norway! Also, the most amazing natural phenomena can be witnessed in February in the northern parts of Scandinavia, especially in Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Find out more about the 3 natural phenomena in Scandinavia.

Packing Tips for February Trips to Scandinavia:

This is the coldest month of the year. Are you headed to the Arctic Circle? Bring sturdy boots for walking on the snow and ice, a down filled waterproof outfit, hat, gloves, and scarf (or scarves!). Long underwear is perfect to wear under clothing every day. If you'll be visiting the cities, bring a down jacket, and maybe a wool overcoat. For winter sports activities, bring your insulated skiing gear. Better a heavy suitcase once than freezing in the cold for a week! But no matter what your destination is, an insulated coat, gloves, hats, and scarves are the bare minimum for travelers in February. Bundle up!

Holidays & Events in February:

Late Jan/Early Feb: Winter Jazz Festival - Denmark
Early Feb: Stockholm Furniture Fair
Feb 6: Sami National Day
Feb 14: Valentine's Day in Scandinavia
Mid Feb: Copenhagen Fashion Week
Mid/Late Feb: Finland Ice Marathon
Mid/Late Feb: Lantern Festival - Helsinki, Finland
Late Feb: Finlandia Ski Race - Finland

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