Nordic Summer Collection
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Welcome to the Land of the Midnight Sun
Summer in the north of Europe is a very special time of year and offers visitors a captivating range of landscapes and experiences. This is the ‘Land of the Midnight Sun’ where at some points in the year the sun never sets bringing a full 24 hours of unending daylight.
Whilst many of our holidays take place high above the Arctic Circle, the warmth of the Midnight Sun makes these wild and remote landscapes the ideal place for a summer holiday.
Our holidays cover the coastal beauty of Norway including the magnificent fjords and northern archipelago, the varied natural wonders of Iceland, wild and remote corners of Finland where the wildlife and nature still hold sway, and areas of Sweden which provide the chance to explore some of the country’s hidden gems.About Nordic Summer Collection
Summer experiences and activities
Our summer holidays offer a diverse range of activities and each holiday is classified by its pace, meaning that you can see how active an itinerary is at a glance.
In the summer our guests can explore more independently and our self-drive holidays in Iceland and Norway mean that you can determine your own priorities with our expert help. Importantly, we can help you to include some unforgettable experiences in your itinerary. For example, in Iceland, we can arrange for you to snorkel between continents or hike on a glacier. If you prefer a more leisurely approach then you can simply enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape as you travel along some of the most spectacular routes in Europe.
Our cruise voyage from Greenland to Iceland allows you to enjoy two exceptional islands in one fell swoop. You can choose from the wide variety of shore excursions available, from Icelandic horse riding to leisurely small boat cruises and wildlife watching. Iceland is, of course, also famous for its whale watching cruises.
If wildlife is your thing then our holidays to the Wild Taiga region of Kuhmo in Finland offer up an abundance of exceptional opportunities to view the likes of bears and lynx in their natural habitat.
Norway’s spectacular coast
Norway is one of our most popular summer destinations and its most spectacular northern landscapes are becoming increasingly accessible. The Norwegian coastline is amongst the most dramatic in the world and creates a backdrop for some exceptional experiences and activities.
Starting in the more southern regions we feature the ‘prettiest town in Norway’ Ålesund, the gateway to the mighty fjords. From here, you can kayak, cruise, hike and explore to your heart’s content.
On the Northern coast, you will reach Tromsø, a starting point for many of our holidays. This delightful city offers guests an insight into the heritage of the Arctic and its nature through its museums and a taste of some of its greatest culinary delights.
From Tromsø our guests can take in stunning landscapes and travel along some of the best roads in the world.
Iceland’s Natural Wonders
Iceland needs little introduction as this island provides so many bucket list experiences that it is hard to mention them all.
For those who want to see the power of Mother Nature at work then there can be no better place on Earth to visit as the density of volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, geysers and geological wonders is simply incomparable.
Iceland is best broken down into regions in order to ensure a full experience. Our Wild and Wonderful West holiday takes in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – an area which is often referred to as "Iceland in miniature" as it encapsulates almost everything that is spectacular about the island.
Further south, our Exceptional Iceland holiday incorporates the famous and unmissable Glacier Lagoon and Golden Circle.
If you quite simply cannot choose your destination then our Iceland Circumnavigation cruise is surely the way to go – take in the whole of the coastline and visit very special destinations such as the Westman Islands.
Finland’s wilderness and wildlife
The summer landscapes of Finland provide habitat for an impressive array of birds and wildlife. Some of the animals our guests to Kuhmo and Torassieppi may spot during the summer months include bears, wolves, lynx and eagles.
Our Brown Bears of Finnish Lakeland holiday to Kuhmo includes the chance to spend the night in a remote wilderness hide, situated in ‘no man’s land’ between Russia and Finland. An addition to this holiday is the opportunity to search for the largest member of the deer family on a European Elk safari.
Our Torassieppi – Finnish Lapland Tailor Made holiday is based at the Torassieppi Reindeer Farm and Cottages, on the edge of Lake Torasjarvi. Here guests can experience and learn, firsthand, about the life of the reindeer and their herders, past and present.
Chasing the sun in Sweden
Northern Sweden's landscapes are stunning at any time of year but bathed in the Midnight Sun of summer, there is clarity of light that brings the lakes, mountains and forests to life. Couple that with some of the cleanest air in Europe, if not the world, and Sweden leaves you feeling at once invigorated and rejuvenated.
The region’s above the Arctic Circle ensure endless sunlight in the summer months and nowhere is more perfectly positioned than the Abisko Mountain Lodge where guests will stay during our Sweden’s Midnight Sun and the world famous Icehotel® holiday. The wilderness setting – just 4 km from Abisko National Park – provides a myriad of hiking trails. Included in the trip is a guided night-time excursion to the top of Nuolja Mountain which offers panoramic views of the park and the Midnight Sun.
At this time of year, the weather is warm and the days endless, allowing you to fully appreciate this unique environment.