Are you a schvitz-er, mopping up your sweat even when it’s cold out? Is summer killing your cool vibe? This year, escaping the heat to somewhere with cooler temps has become, well, a thing. People are booking flights to snowy peaks, floating glaciers and northerly fjords, so they can fill their lungs with the freshest air around. You can even take a self-guided trip that will teach you some history along the way.

What are you waiting for? Escape the summer heat by travelling. These 10 very cool trips are just right for anyone who just needs a breather from the heat.

Our Top 10 Cool Trips to Escape the Summer Heat

Not every traveller chases the sun, and some even dread the thought of summer’s sticky cities and crowded beaches. Luckily, there are more exciting ways to beat the heat than staying put and turning up the AC. From cycling South Africa’s breezy Garden Route to camping in eastern Finland, check out these top 10 cool climate trips departing this July and August:

1. Dolomites Centre-Based Cycling

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersCyclists can escape the heat in the high altitudes of Dolomites and avoid sweat inducing climbs on this new centre-based bike tour in Italy. The area is criss-crossed by a network of quiet lanes and purpose-built cycle paths to nearby medieval towns, perfect for enjoying at a steady pace.

Average daytime temperature: 22-24 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $1,995 CAD.

2. Cycle the Baltics

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersFor a unique respite from central Europe’s scorching heat, cyclists should head to the Baltics. The 11-day bike tour begins at Estonia’s enchanting Trakai Castle and journeys across Latvia to Lithuania.

Average daytime temperature: 20-25 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $2,095 CAD.

3. South Africa: Trails of the Garden Route

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersIn 14-days travellers trek across South Africa’s Garden Route of shifting sand dunes, thick canopy forests and stretches of rolling vineyards. South Africa reaches its coolest temperatures in July and August, making it the perfect time to conquer Table Mountain, go whale watching, and join a safari in Addo National Park.

Average daytime temperature: 13-18 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $3,565 CAD.

4. Alaskan Wildlife and Wilderness

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersAn active 14-day adventure takes travellers on a float plane to spot active Grizzly bears at the end of their annual winter hibernation. Basking in the pleasant weather, the small group will cruise across Prince Willian Sound to explore nearby mountains, glaciers and thundering rivers.

Average daytime temperature: 16-18 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $4,895 CAD.

5. Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersIn 15-days hikers dominate Europe’s Haute Route, passing beneath 10 of the 12 highest mountains in the Alps, and enjoying the cool winds rolling off the surrounding glacial lakes. In the evening, travellers can count shooting stars before retiring to their remote alpine huts or canvas tents.

Average daytime temperature: 20-23 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $3,355 CAD.

6. Finnish Wildlife Weekend

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersWildlife lovers fly out to Basecamp Kuikka located in remote eastern Finland, near the Russian border, and spend a night in a hide observing brown bears in their natural habitat. With 12 to 16 hours of sunlight in the summer, Finland is a wildlife photographer’s dream.

Average daytime temperature: 14-16 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $1,255 CAD.

7. Walking the Fjords

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersAvid hikers can explore Norway’s epic fjords, pristine national parks and charming farmhouses in 8-days with Exodus. In the summer, Nordic flora and fauna come to life, and the daily hikes across glaciers are made more enjoyable by the mild climate.

Average daytime temperature: 16-18 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $3,465 CAD.

8. Discover Namibia – Lodges

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersAfrica isn’t the first continent that comes to mind for cool climate-seeking travellers, but Namibia’s summer temperatures can be surprisingly mild, dropping down to single figures and even freezing at night. Safari-goers will visit a local Himba village and spot wild zebras, elephants, giraffes, rhinos and lions in Etosha National Park.

Average daytime temperature: 18-20 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $3,985 CAD.

9. Discover Iceland

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersTravellers discover southern Iceland on an 8-day journey to lunar-like landscapes, water-spurting geysirs, fishing villages and hot springs. Iceland’s 20 hours of summer sunlight creates endless photo opportunities, and if anyone needs to warm up, there is always a hot spring close by.

Average daytime temperature: 10-13 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $3,775 CAD.

10. Walking Wild Greenland

10 Very Cool Trips for Summer Heat HatersIn 10-days modern day explorers will discover by foot one of the most remote locations on earth. During the summer, Greenland’s blooming flowers contrast the aquamarine icebergs and whale watching is at its prime.

Average daytime temperature: 5-7 degrees Celsius.

Rates from $5,035 CAD.

 

Leading adventure tour operator Exodus Travels has a vast range of adventure and activity holidays across seven continents, offering places as diverse and as exhilarating as Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, the Ice Hotel and Antarctica. Whether it is solo travellers, couples, groups or families, Exodus offers an incredible choice of trips for all ages and activity levels.

 

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