20 Cold Places to Escape to This Summer from 20 Cold Places to Escape to This Summer
20 Cold Places to Escape to This Summer
Summer is a time to get outside and explore and to try new things. Don’t let high temperatures stop you. Whether you already have favorite outdoor hobbies or are looking for new, going on an adventure is always worth it.
Do something unconventional this season and discover a new side of a place you probably can’t imagine in the summer.
Nova Scotia, Canada
It is usually around 70F in the summer – perfectly cool. The maritime province is an adventurous place. Tidal bore rafting – on the highest tides in the world – and surfing are popular example. The province’s popular attractions celebrate what it is mostly known for – music, reconstructed fortress towns and seaside vineyards.
With an Arctic climate you can expect average temperatures that do not exceed 50F. Greenland's epic fjords and remote arctic tundra remain under the radar. Polar bears live and breed in the northernmost parts of West Greenland. You can see calving glaciers, giant icebergs, and Arctic landscapes.
Warm summer days reach a temperature around the mid-70s F. Few places on Earth are still considered truly wild, even though the country has been gaining popularity. Sometimes referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice,” the Nordic island’s contrasting landscapes most famously feature many molten lava fields and a number of fascinating glacial terrains.
Denali National Park, Alaska
Summer daytime temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s F. Mountains, wildflowers and Huskies are calling your name at this century-old park. The park features 6 million acres of mountains, glaciers, forests and tundra, and centers around the highest peak in North America, Denali, formerly known as Mount McKinley.
The averages for highest temperatures between May and July are between 64 and 68 F. There is something magical about Ireland. Maybe it’s the pristine beaches or magnificent castles. Regardless to if you are looking for adventure or relaxation, Ireland has it all. From glacial valleys to exciting festivals, nature reserves and horse races, your trip to Ireland will never be a bore.
Mammoth Mountain, California
The fact that you can ski here in June says it all. Just 30 minutes from the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park, you can easily roll your ski vacation and some spectacular sightseeing into one visit. The high elevation at Mammoth Mountain allows for one of the longest ski seasons in North America. Mammoth is also a top resort for snowboarding.
July temperatures range between 59 and 75 F. The iconic European Alps are beloved by snow sports enthusiasts, but climate change is bringing challenges for the mountain range. The Matterhorn, standing at the border between Switzerland and Italy, is a must-see. It is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe – at approximately 14,692 feet.
Summer months bring temperature of around 65-70 F. The Fitz Roy Trek is among the most incredible hikes that leads to waterfalls. Fairly easy walks without any big climbs are ideal for trekkers who want to visit one of several large waterfalls in the area. Patagonia is also a wonderful SUP destination. You’ll be cruising past gigantic glaciers and some of the most stunningly incredible landscapes on the planet.
Summer temperatures don’t really surpass 65 F. This is the season to go on wine tastings. The charming town, located south of the Equator, is a ranching village and a rural countryside getaway. The most famous winery is the Bodega Garzón. In addition to spectacular wine, it offers hot-air-balloon rides and olive harvest adventures.
Olympic National Park, Washington
It usually is around 60 F. Temperatures may vary from 10-20 degrees, especially along the coast and higher elevations, according to the NPS. What makes Olympic National Park a favorite is its unique combination of three distinct environments: the mountains, a coast laced with sea stacks, and a rainforest where every available inch is covered with growth.
Summer there in early August. The sun is at its warmest with temperatures reaching 75 F. Norway is easily among the most beautiful countries in the world and the fjords are its trademark. The rugged scenery and massive inlets are magnificent. The fjords region ranges from the coast from Stavanger to the Russian border. The rustic village resorts look like they are from a fairytale.
Average maximum temperatures in the summer range from 60 F to 65 F. Scottish Highlands is often used as a synonym with Scotland, even though there is a Lowlands region. Explore the spectacular unspoiled nature with rugged massifs, deep blue creeks and empty valleys where Red Deer rule the hills, and see what the fuss is all about.
Falls Creek, Australia
Skiing in the summer? Yes, please. This resort town, Victoria’s largest, in northeastern Australia is popular for being an alpine and cross-country ski center. There are more than 40 miles of free cross-country trails, downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing.
As a Nordic country, the average maximum temperature is around 73 F in July, the warmest month. Go on an adventure trip of a lifetime to the Swiss National Park. Located in the Western Rhaetian Alps, it is the largest protected area and the only national park in the country. There is so much to do, and even more to explore. In the summer, go hiking, biking and embark on an outdoor rafting trip.
Hossa National Park, Finland
July temperatures in Finland are usually around 60 F. The wilderness of Hossa is stunning. The trails run along pine moorlands that just make you want to hike and bike all day; the crystal-clear lakes are ideal for canoeing and fishing. There are open wilderness huts, lean-to shelters, campfire sites, camping grounds.
Easter Island, Chile
Summer temperatures hover around 65-70 F. This World Heritage Site is the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle. Visitors go to for a sense of isolation unlike anything they could find on mainland Chile. The now-barren island was once populated by the Rapa Nui civilization (and many trees) and is home to around 6,000 permanent residents.
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
The Capital of British Columbia has an abundance of parkland, making it perfect for outdoor and recreational activities, especially when the summer temperatures are in the late 60s F. Victoria’s shores meet the waves of the Pacific Ocean, and the land offers tourists access to rainforests and the Olympic Mountains.