Scandinavia – 9/10

I have visited Scandinavia on a number of occasions both for skiing in the winter and some summer backpacking as it tends to be cheap to fly to from the UK thanks to SAS youth fares (25 years and under from memory). My allergy experiences have been pretty consistent throughout this area of Europe, so please note that this post covers Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. 

Food labelling in shops is very consistent in the region, but there are a number of different (but somewhat similar, bar Finnish) languages spoken so I just downloaded translation apps onto my phone for each language when I did a big trip across Scandinavia in 2014. 

I found that traces of nuts seemed less common than back home, which was great and essentially meant more choice for me in the supermarkets! Though in fairness I probably actually had less choice as the shops are smaller but it felt good being more free to choose. Even bakeries were fair game, as in my experience most of them didn’t have peanuts on site – they just don’t seem to be that popular this far north. This proved to be most true in more remote locations, and less true in large towns/cities.

I have eaten out in quite a range of restaurants in Scandinavia as I’ve been there with family and also as a backpacker. I had no troubles anywhere, as I found that everyone spoke a very good level of English and were reasonably allergy aware. Another bonus is that I didn’t find any nutty local dishes so I was able to enjoy a lot of local cuisine and delicacies (rotten fish may be nut free but I’d still recommend avoiding it!!). 

The cost of food is high in these areas, but the quality is good and for me it’s a very safe bet for a holiday both with my allergy and other socioeconomic factors.

Verdict – 9/10

100% will visit again (I’m hoping to head up to Finland and maybe Sweden for some skiing next Easter)

My apologies to anyone irked by my grouping all these nations together. 

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