A look at the best destinations in the world to avoid the summer heat
Summer is an excellent time to vacation because children are out of school and many tourist sites are open for the season. However, typical summer destinations can bring uncomfortably hot weather. The beach can be fun, but sunburn is not.
Instead of looking at warm destinations, head to a vacation spot that’s cool enough to wear a jacket. Here are the six best summer travel destinations to beat the heat.
Beating the heat means traveling north, so head to the northernmost capital in the world – Reykjavik, Iceland. July is the hottest month in Reykjavik, with the average temperature being 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Summer is an excellent time to visit Iceland because the sun doesn’t set until around midnight due to its distance north.
Reykjavik offers fun opportunities for the whole family. Despite the cold temperatures, you can go swimming in the Blue Lagoon Iceland. This facility has a heated pool with algae and other minerals to soothe your body.
Summer in Reykjavik also provides an opportunity to embrace nature. You can see the majestic humpback whales, blue whales and minke whales on the coast as they migrate in the ocean. Reykjavik is only a few hours away from beautiful waterfalls such as Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss. These natural wonders are an excellent way to get out of the city and enjoy nature.
Another great Northern European excursion can be found in Bergen, Norway. The city is about 300 kilometers – or 186 miles – from the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Temperatures in Bergen rarely exceed 70 degrees Fahrenheit, providing excellent weather for Norwegian fun.
Bergen is famous for its location on the west coast of Norway, offering travelers access to the North Sea and proximity to mountains and fjords. The city has a rich trading history dating back nearly 1,000 years. The Old Pier – Bryggen – is an essential part of Bergen’s history and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its well-preserved architecture and historical importance.
The city has many surrounding mountains, providing easy access for those who want outdoor adventures. Mount Ulriken is the highest point in the area, reaching just over 2,100 feet. Passengers can glide underneath and see the amazing views as they fly to the base.
In Bergen, you’ll find summer fun with festivals throughout the season. They start during the shoulder season, with festivals in late May. This two-week celebration has been celebrating music, dance, literature and other arts since the first celebration in 1953. A few weeks later, you can enjoy Bergenfest celebrating great music from around the world. Famous groups such as the Lumineers, Killers and Arctic Monkeys performed at this festival.
Canada’s northeast coast is where you’ll find Newfoundland and Labrador’s great summer destination. This Canadian province is famous for its fishing villages and its history dating back to the days of the Vikings. Winters can be harsh here, but summer temperatures reach around 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July and August.
Newfoundland is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a food adventure. Its proximity to the Atlantic coast gives you fresh seafood no matter where you travel in the province.
The British Isles and Canada influence the local cuisine, so try delicious local dishes such as fish and chips or cod cakes. Grab a plate of fig duff topped with whipped cream for this famous Newfoundland dessert.
Comfortable weather provides excellent conditions for hiking. Visit Gros Morne National Park for another chance to see a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This park has several hiking trails, such as the Gros Morne Mountain Trail and the Western Brook Pond Trail. You may see beautiful wildlife such as caribou, seals and black bears while roaming the area.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve is the third largest national park in the United States, offering nearly 7,500 square miles of summer fun for the family. The number of visitors often exceeds 500,000 annually, and many tourists come in the summer. Try to visit during the shoulder seasons of May and September to avoid the largest crowds.
The national park is home to Denali, the highest point in North America at just over 20,000 feet. Its summit overlooks thousands of miles of lush wilderness with diverse wildlife. In Denali National Park, you’ll see foxes and ground squirrels on the trails. Occasionally, you may see a black bear or deer roaming the grounds.
Denali is located near population centers such as Talkeetna and Anchorage – the state capital. Here you will find famous delicious seafood such as lobster and salmon fresh from the sea. Alaska supplies 29% of the world’s crab supply, so these cities allow you to eat it straight from the source. Besides seafood, Alaska is famous for its reindeer sausage, akutak, and fireweed cakes.
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
Traveling near the Arctic Circle is a great way to beat the heat. However, the Southern Hemisphere also offers cool destinations due to the alternating seasons. Traveling to places like Los Glaciares National Park in southern Argentina provides a winter escape in the middle of the Northern Hemisphere summer.
Los Glaciares National Park is Argentina’s largest park, with more than 2,800 square miles to roam. June, July, and August have cool temperatures of around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so they’re great for cool weather seekers.
As the name suggests, the park is famous for its glaciers. You can see nearly 50 massive glaciers at between 5,000 and 8,000 feet above sea level. Los Glaciares National Park is also a chance to see unique wildlife, such as Andean condors and guanacos. The site has designated camping spots for travelers to relax under the stars and enjoy nature.
Access to this national park can be difficult for tourists. The easiest way for international visitors may be a three-hour flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate.
West Coast, New Zealand
Another beautiful landscape in the Southern Hemisphere is the west coast of New Zealand. The land has been inhabited by indigenous people for thousands of years, making it rich in history with the Ngāi Tahu tribe.
Like the Argentinean park, New Zealand’s west coast is famous for its glaciers. In Westland Tai Putteni National Park, you can see the Franz Josef Glacier, which extends for about eight miles. You can hike to the glacier or see it from above by helicopter. Fox Glacier – another famous landmark on New Zealand’s west coast – is located southwest of Franz Josef.
New Zealand is known for its abundance of wildlife. You will likely see sheep and snakes while driving, so be careful and let the animals cross the road. The west coast is also a great area for wildlife viewing. You’ll see sperm whales, orcas, dolphins, seals and other amazing creatures in the Tasman Sea.
Summer vacations usually make you think about beaches, rivers, swimming, and other warm-weather activities. However, some locations may be too hot to be comfortable. Instead, try these six cool-weather locations and plenty of fun things to do.