Summer in the Nordic countries and Canada is about finding your peace of mind by spending time outdoors.
Cottage breaks are more than just a weekend escape, they are a way of life. During the summer months many Scandinavians decamp to a red log cabin nestled by a lake or shoreline. Venturing out to the countryside or coast is a tradition, lifestyle and outdoor education all at once. Escaping into the wilderness, adults and children search for berries, mushrooms and signs of wildlife. Lucky fishermen grill today’s catch on the flames of the barbecue, whilst the others relax in the wood-fired sauna. The inevitable jump in the invigorating lake is of course a matter of choice.
Canadian log cabins are a hub for any outdoor endeavour ranging from horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, kayaking or perhaps mountain biking. The terrain is shared with Canada’s iconic wildlife, so chances are that you’ll come across moose, wolves or perhaps even bears. Returning from an exciting day spent outside a hearty meal made from fresh local ingredients awaits.
Discover the country, its people and hidden gems as you drive down long-winding, empty roads. Travellers who like to see as much as possible in a short period of time, will enjoy hopping from one epic view to the next. With our detailed route descriptions, you’ll be sure to discover the hidden gems, the breathtaking views and cosy overnight accommodation along the way. None of our routes are set in stone and there is always room for tailor made elements if you wish to.
Photo: Christoffer Collin
Not only humans long for the return of summer. Once snow and ice receded you can hear bears crack through the undergrowth. The summer months in particular offer plenty of opportunities to follow the tracks of wildlife on guided or self-guided tours. In specialised wilderness huts and hides experienced guides track the bears, who are often found teaching their cubs how to survive in the wild. Learn more about wildlife holidays here.
Foodies are spoilt for choice in Canada and the Nordic countries. In fact, the skies above Scandinavia are star-studded with Michelin star ratings. Set out for foodie adventures in Gothenburg, Sweden’s foodie capital, dine in the Faroe Island’s first Michelin star restaurant or enjoy a meal in Stockholm’s solely wood-fired restaurant. The summer months are the best time to explore the taste of local produce brought to perfection.
Take binoculars - our sightings included a dolphin, a moose and a pair of white-tailed eagles.
Susan, travelled to the Lofoten with MNT