During the cold, long Winter, we all dream of enjoying the warmth of the sun, the evening breeze by the sea, playing in the sand and water…. But during Summer, these hot destinations can sometimes become unbearable due to the amount of people, extreme temperatures and high prices. So, this summer, why not forget the beach and head to cooler destinations? Head north, head south and head high.
Iceland is stunningly beautiful. It is like no other place on Earth. Temperatures in Iceland rarely rise above the 60´s during Summer, but there is daylight all night. Volcanoes, charming towns, hot springs, glaciers, hot-tubbing, hiking, whale watching and an exciting nightlife in Reykjavik, will surely get you to come back for more.
Apart from the interior where nature reigns supreme with 3 national lake parks, including the Blue Lagoon and small fishing villages, make sure you spend at least several days in the capital city. Reykjavik is a relatively small yet urban metropolis with a bustling port and a reputation for incredible nightlife. While you´re there, make sure to go to the pool and join locals as they catch up and relax in the heated waters. Laugardalslaug is the name of the largest outdoor swimming pool in the city that has a jacuzzi, steam room and masseuse on site.
Along the west and southern coast, Summer in Ireland has a lot to offer and temperatures remain moderate throughout the year (16 to 21 degrees in the summer). Mountains, lakes, breath-taking cliffs, Celtic crosses and medieval monasteries are some of the many things to enjoy in Ireland. Make sure to head towards Garryland Nature Reserve where writers and artists such as Yeats and Shaw were inspired by its landscape. In Dublin, home of Guinness, take a walking tour of iconic Irish writer, James Joyce.
Kinsale is considered Ireland’s gastronomic capital. While you´re there, head towards the harbour and visit James´Fort. Each year, during mid July, a multi-disciplinary art festival is held featuring the best national and international talents. For a complete list of things to do, visit the Tourist Information site here.
Heading towards the mountains has always been a great way to cool off during the Summer months. This year, why not head to Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn where you can actually ski during the Summer? Hop on the Glacier Express train or perfect your skills at the snowboard park. Only 4 hours by train from Geneva or Milan, Zermatt is a car-free city meaning no noise and no pollution.
Take the Klein Matterhorn cable car from Zermatt to experience what it´s like to be on top of the world and get a bird´s eye view of the breathtaking peaks. Enjoy a stroll on a horse-drawn sleigh where you´ll be outfitted with thick lap rugs, take a thrilling glacier trek or a mountain bike along any of the 100km trails.
It´s Winter in the southern hemisphere, but temperatures are still mild. Two fantastic places to go when you head south are Chile and Argentina. July and August in Santiago and Buenos Aires hit the 15 to 20 degree mark on the thermometers.
In Chile head towards the water to sail through the Andes and soak it up in the Lake District, known for its luscious green forests and steaming volcanoes.
While in Chile, make sure you visit the Atacama desert and hike the magical Torres del Paine National Park, loved by hikers from all over the world.
Hit the slopes as you watch condors soaring above you. The Valle Nevado and Portillo ski resorts are some of the best.
Buenos Aires has a lot going on during the Summer months. During July, head to the planetarium where Tango 360 will make you want to learn this traditional dance. If you plan on visiting during the month of August, get tickets for the Tango Festival.
Apart from all the wonders this capital city offers, this Summer do like the locals and enjoy a visit to the Buenos Aires Market where you´ll discover the best organic products.
Now, are you ready to take it cool this Summer? Let us know where you´ll be heading to get away from the heat.