When it comes to family holidays, there’s more to Scandinavia than Santa Claus and Legoland – although both will probably get a vigorous chorus of approval from your children. Cities like Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo may be on the pricey side, but they are also supremely kid-friendly with plenty of attractions, ranging from theme parks and gardens to museums and castles. Further afield you’ll discover nature’s very own theme park – a wilderness of lakes, forests and mountains where thrills and spills come in the form of rafting trips, husky sledging and a veritable smörgåsbord of other activities, depending on when you visit. Scandinavia is also an easily accessible place to introduce your children to some of the world’s most extraordinary phenomena. Lapland has the Northern Lights and midnight sun, Iceland has volcanoes and ice caps and Finland has the Moomintrolls. If those endearing white hippo-like characters don’t do it for your kids, however, Denmark’s Viking legacy is sure to fire their imagination. Lapland’s reindeer-herding Sami culture will also captivate most children, while the home of the big man himself, Mr S Claus, can be visited year-round.
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