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Preparing For Your Trip

General information articles to get you ready for your adventure!

NB: The articles below are a collection of general information posts from the Nature Travels blog. While they are intended to be informative and hopefully entertaining, they are not presented as expert advice and are based on personal opinions and experiences. Nature Travels accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or currency of the information provided. Since the posts were published, it is possible that some official regulations, guidance or other information may have changed.

Packing for Your Trip | Travelling Safely | Enjoying Nature | City Stays Before/After Your Tour | Shopping and Travel Practicalities | Language and Culture

Packing For Your Trip

Eyewear for Winter Activities
"Do I need goggles for my tour? I wear glasses - what's the best solution?" Bob from the Nature Travels team discusses considerations for eyewear to best to enjoy your winter adventure.
The Art of Dressing for Scandinavian Winters
Our friends from Nordic Outdoor give some expert guidance on how to dress for your next winter adventure.
Backpack vs Suitcase - Which is Better for your next Travel Adventure?
Sofia from the Nature Travels team gives some thoughts.
Travel Light for a Hand Luggage Only Winter Adventure
Bob from Nature Travels gives some thoughts on lightening the load for your next winter trip.

Travelling Safely

Frostbite During Outdoor Activities in Wintertime
As Nature Travels offers a wide range of outdoor activities in wintertime, from dog sledding and ski touring to ice skating and snowshoeing, one question we are occasionally asked is: "Is there a risk of getting frostbite during the tour?"
How to Stay Safe on Lake and Sea Ice
When you grow up in Sweden, part of your general education is ice knowledge, knowing how to keep safe on and around the ice. All our experiences on natural ice are guided by experienced guides, but it never hurts to freshen up on some ice knowledge.
Mobile Phones - Curse or Blessing in the Outdoors?
Mobile phones have permeated every corner of our lives, and the time we spend in the outdoors has not escaped the invasion. But what have we gained, and what might we have lost, along the way?
Camp Fires - How to Enjoy Your Fire Safely
A camp fire is the centre of social life in the Swedish outdoors, a focal point for conversation, a place to cook and eat, a source of heat, and a hypnotic and endlessly fascinating thing to watch.

Enjoying Nature

Mosquitoes - Fact and Fiction
The Nordic countries have something of a reputation when it comes to mosquitoes – but which stories are really true?
Tips for the Female Outdoor Adventurer
When you’re a female traveller, questions often arise that don’t apply to our fellow male travellers. We’ve got a few more things to think about, especially when doing outdoor adventures. The ladies at Nature Travels answer some of the most common questions from our female guests.
Wild Swimming
Swimming in the outdoors is totally normal in the Nordic countries, and "wild swimming" is somewhat a weird concept as that;s just how you go for a swim. If it's warm enough, why would you swim indoors?
How to Paddle a Canoe
Taking some time to hone your paddling technique will improve your enjoyment of your canoeing holiday and help you move through the water as efficiently as possible.
The Northern Lights - What Causes Them and Where Can I See Them?
Jayne from the Nature Travels team look into what causes the phenomenon and what conditions are best to see them.
How to Stay Cool Camping in Hot Weather for a Good Night's Sleep
Tips and tricks to stay cool on a summer camping adventure.

City Stays Before/After Your Tour

What To Do With A Day In Helsinki
Bob from the Nature Travels team gives some ideas to make the most of your time in Finland's beautiful capital.
My First Adventures in Stockholm
Niki from the Nature Travels team explores Stockholm and the delights it has to offer.

Shopping and Travel Practicalities

Travelling by Night Train in Sweden
All you need to know to prepare yourself for an overnight adventure by rail!
Public Transport in Sweden
A general overview of travelling by train and bus in Sweden.
Systembolaget - Buying Alcohol in Sweden
In this series of FAQs, we look at some of the questions most frequently asked by our clients regarding Systembolaget – the Swedish national chain of off-licences.

Language and Culture

Basic Finnish Phrases
When traveling in Finland you will find that English is spoken to a good standard in most places, so learning Finnish isn’t a “must” before you travel. But if you would like to learn a little and try it out on your trip here are a few phrases you might find useful!
I Wish I'd Known Before I Went To Sweden...
Sofia from the Nature Travels team is from Vaxholm, a small town in the Stockholm Archipelago. Here she gives the lowdown on those things you’ll be glad you knew before visiting Sweden!
Sweden and the Great Double Duvet Mystery
In a globalised world, wherever you travel, and within Europe particularly, most elements of daily life seem at first glance very familiar. But scratch beneath the surface and the subtle differences begin to reveal themselves, adding a new dimension to the adventure of travelling and reminding us that cultural differences are still alive and well after all.
Midsummer in Sweden - Maypoles and Singing
For Sweden, Midsummer marks the beginning, the start of the brief but glorious summer season, a time for leisure, a time for long romantic walks on endless light evenings.
Nordic Sauna and How to Have a "Löly" Time
For many travelling to the Nordic countries, a sauna is an essential part of the Nordic experience and is a great way to soothe aching muscles after a hard day’s activity or simply as a way of relaxing with friends in the evening.
Sauna in Sweden
The word “sauna” comes from Finnish and is often associated with Finland, where it is certainly a central feature of the culture. But the tradition of sauna (or “bastu” in Swedish) is also very important in Swedish society.
What is a Smögåsbord?
The Smögåsbord is a 300-year-old tradition in Sweden. It's a meal served buffet-style with multiple dishes of different foods on the table. It’s normally a celebratory meal where guests help themselves from a range of dishes.
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