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Climate change drives Germans to the Nordic countries | High demand for travel to Norway and Finland

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-The Scandinavian countries and Iceland are in greater demand than ever in the German tourist market this year, due to climate change with increasingly hot summers in the south.

DER Touristik, for example, has more than double the number of bookings this year than last year for these destinations, according to the company’s product manager for Europe, Dino Steinkamp. Demand is particularly high for Norway and Finland from the end of summer to early autumn appears to be significantly higher for Lapland as well, explains Steinkamp.

This is because the chance of travellers seeing the Northern Lights is already very high at this time of year.

Scandinavia and Iceland are also “absolute trend destinations” for TUI, according to the travel group.

As such, there is likely to be congestion in some of the aforementioned destinations during the high season. Tour operators have significantly increased their schedules in some cases, but capacities are limited.

“We are not operating in a tourist environment like the Mediterranean, for example. Capacity is limited, especially in Iceland, where in some places there is simply no other accommodation,” the DER Touristik executive notes. So the tour operator, like many others, advises travellers to book well in advance.

Customers seem to be taking this more into account, with the result that bookings are again being made well in advance of the trip, according to adventure travel specialists Diamir and Lernidee. “There are many travellers who are already planning their trips for 2025,” observes Felix Willeke, head of Lernidee. He adds: “This is something new.”

Of course, the incentives to travel north in line with climate change are not so new. For years, countries like Sweden have been considered viable travel destinations that can be reached by land by train or car. According to Lernidee director Willeke, this “zeitgeist” partly explains why rail travel packages are particularly popular in Scandinavia at the moment.

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