Explore Coolcation destinations with ERA

Coolcation is an abbreviation of Cool Vacation: Coolcation.

Today more than 50% of the tourists choose their destination because of the climate and weather.

Discover the joy of Coolcations

As climate changes bring more intense heat waves, hikers are seeking cooler destinations to escape the summer swelter. The European Ramblers Association (ERA) invites you to explore the beauty and tranquility of Europe’s coolest spots, perfect for your next summer adventure. From the majestic fjords of Norway to the lush forests of Estonia, from Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland to Greenland, coolcations offer a refreshing alternative for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Why choose a Coolcation?

Comfortable climate: Escape the extreme summer heat and enjoy mild, pleasant weather perfect for outdoor activities.

Fewer crowds: Experience serene landscapes without the hustle and bustle of overcrowded tourist spots.

Unique experiences: Engage in activities like hiking, kayaking, and exploring cultural festivals in cooler, less-traveled regions.

Top Coolcation destinations and hiking trails

Find the best hiking trails in Northern Europe with:



  • Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe, Kullaleden: Discover the scenic beauty of Sweden’s Kullaleden, a coastal hiking trail offering breathtaking views and outdoor adventure.
  • E-path E1 in Sweden: Embark on Sweden’s E1 path, a captivating hike through diverse landscapes, tranquil forests, and picturesque countryside.
  • E-path E6 in Sweden: Explore Sweden’s E6 path, a scenic adventure through lush forests, serene lakes, and charming rural landscapes.
  • Hike cool in Sweden: Discover walking in Sweden, where diverse trails offer stunning natural beauty, from coastal paths to deep forests and serene lakes.
  • Kungsleden (The King’s Trail): One of Sweden’s most famous trails, stretching over 400 kilometers through Lapland, known for its stunning Arctic landscapes.
  • Sörmlandsleden: A network of trails through the Södermanland region, offering a mix of forests, lakes, and historical sites.
  • Skåneleden: A long-distance trail through the Skåne region, known for its diverse landscapes from coastal areas to dense forests.



  • Nuuksio National Park: Located near Helsinki, this park offers multiple trails through forests and around lakes, perfect for day hikes.
  • Pirttimäki Trails: Features well-marked paths through beautiful Finnish woodlands and lakes.
  • Korpilampi Trail: A picturesque route offering a mix of forest and open areas, ideal for observing local wildlife.

Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

  • E-path E9: Explore the E9 path in the Baltic countries, a coastal adventure through stunning shorelines, charming villages, and rich cultural landscapes.
  • E-path E11: Discover the E11 path in the Baltic States, a scenic hike through diverse landscapes, historic towns, and lush forests.
  • Hike cool in Estonia: Experience walking in Estonia, where trails lead through pristine forests, picturesque coastlines, and enchanting historical sites.
  • Hike cool in Latvia: Discover walking in Latvia, where trails meander through beautiful landscapes, serene forests, and captivating cultural sites.
  • Hike cool in Lithuania: Explore walking in Lithuania, with trails that traverse scenic countryside, ancient woodlands, and vibrant cultural landmarks.
  • Oandu-Aegviidu-Ikla Hiking Route, Estonia: Part of the longer Peraküla-Aegviidu-Ähijärve trail, offering diverse forest and coastal scenery.
  • Gauja National Park Trails, Latvia: Features trails through Latvia’s largest national park, known for its river valleys and sandstone cliffs.
  • Žemaitija National Park, Lithuania: Offers trails around Lake Plateliai, surrounded by forests and historical sites.


  • West Highland Way: Scotland’s most famous long-distance trail, running from Milngavie to Fort William.
  • Cairngorms National Park Trails: Offers a variety of hikes, from gentle forest walks to challenging mountain routes.
  • Great Glen Way: A scenic trail following the Great Glen fault line, from Fort William to Inverness.


Faroe Islands


  • Arctic Circle Trail: A 165-kilometer trail from Kangerlussuaq to Sisimiut, showcasing Greenland’s rugged wilderness.
  • Ilulissat Icefjord Trail: Offers breathtaking views of icebergs and glaciers, ideal for those interested in Arctic landscapes.
  • Tasermiut Fjord: Known as the Arctic Patagonia, this area offers challenging trails with stunning fjord and mountain scenery.

Join the Coolcation Movement

ERA is dedicated to promoting sustainable and enjoyable hiking experiences across Europe. By choosing a coolcation, you contribute to responsible tourism and help preserve these stunning natural landscapes for future generations.

Share your coolcation stories with us on social media using #HikeCool with #ERACoolcation.