Coolcation guide for hikers


Coolcations offer a refreshing alternative to traditional summer vacations, providing cooler climates, fewer crowds, and unique experiences. This guide will help you plan the perfect coolcation hiking adventure.

Planning Your Coolcation

  1. Research Destinations: Choose from popular coolcation spots such as Norway, Finland, Scotland, Iceland, the Baltic States, Denmark, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, and Greenland. Each destination offers unique landscapes and cultural experiences.
  2. Trail Selection: Look for well-known hiking trails that suit your experience level and interests. Trails like Kungsleden in Sweden, the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland, and the Arctic Circle Trail in Greenland are great options.
  3. Best Time to Visit: While these regions are cooler, summer months (June to August) offer the best weather for hiking. Be prepared for varying conditions, even in summer.


  1. Gear and Clothing: Pack appropriate gear for cooler climates. This includes layers of clothing, waterproof jackets, sturdy hiking boots, and a reliable backpack.
  2. Navigation Tools: Carry maps, a compass, and a GPS device. Many trails have detailed guides and markers, but it’s always good to be prepared.
  3. Safety Equipment: Bring a first aid kit, emergency shelter, and plenty of water and food supplies.

On the Trail

  1. Stay Informed: Check local weather forecasts and trail conditions before setting out.
  2. Respect Nature: Follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.
  3. Stay Connected: Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time. Use a whistle or personal locator beacon for emergencies.

Enjoy the Experience

  1. Embrace Local Culture: Take time to explore nearby towns and interact with locals. Attend cultural festivals and try regional foods.
  2. Wildlife Watching: Many coolcation destinations offer unique wildlife viewing opportunities. Keep a safe distance and respect local wildlife.
  3. Capture Memories: Bring a camera to document the stunning landscapes and memorable moments.


Coolcations provide an excellent opportunity to explore the serene beauty of Northern Europe’s hiking trails while escaping the summer heat. With careful planning and preparation, you can enjoy a safe and unforgettable adventure.

For more information and detailed guides, visit the ERA Coolcation page.