5 of the best coolcation holidays on the water

26 June | 6 min read
Humla guests on beach in Lofoten Islands Norway

Not everyone is a fan of the sunshine, and with temperatures rising, many are now searching for cooler holiday destinations, with an increase in the popularity of ‘coolcation’ holidays. Across the Baltic and Nordic countries, you’ll still find long sunny days, yet with temperatures cool enough to enjoy the surrounding scenery. Exploring far from the beaten track, our sailing coolcation holidays are perfect for discovering some of Europe’s best-hidden gems. Time on the water also allows you to enjoy a constant steady breeze as you sail through sheltered coastal waters and fjords. Beat the heat this summer and experience the best of Europe from the water with our coolcation holidays.

Fairytale island hopping: South Denmark

The South Funen archipelago boasts stunning sailing grounds with gentle waves and moderate winds, making it undoubtedly one of the finest sailing destinations in Denmark. A sailing holiday here offers a hands-on experience perfect for beginners and seasoned sailors alike. Venture to Lyø, covered in pine forests, where hiking trails wind through picturesque islets and serene, bird-filled marshes. Strynø offers a glimpse into the region’s rich maritime history with its iconic half-timbered houses and traditional boat museum. For nature lovers, the tranquil island of Drejø features peaceful walking trails and sightings of graceful white fallow deer. Across the islands you’ll find charming thatched cottages, making it a beautiful spot to anchor, swim off the stern, and explore on foot. Sailing holidays in South Funen offer a unique, sustainable experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty and maritime heritage.

Average temperatures in July and August: 20-26°C


Lofoten island adventures in Norway

The Lofoten Islands are a haven of dramatic landscapes and pristine beaches. Sailing around these islands reveals breathtaking panoramas at every turn. Activities such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and birdwatching providing endless adventures for nature lovers. Explore charming fishing villages with iconic red cabins that add vibrant splashes of colour to the rugged surroundings. Under sail, discover inlets and fjords accessible only from the water, and end your days with a beach bonfire on a remote island, watching the Midnight Sun float on the horizon. Aside from the breathtaking natural landscapes on offer, you’ll also be treated to an endless display of wildlife. From otters, foxes and moose ashore to whales, dolphins and puffin colonies at sea, keep your binoculars at the ready!

Average temperatures in July and August: 18 – 25°C


Sailing Stockholm’s idyllic archipelago

The Stockholm archipelago is an exquisite cluster of over 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries extending into the Baltic Sea. This stunning maritime landscape offers a mix of natural beauty and charming fishing villages. The Stockholm archipelago is a sailor’s paradise, offering lush, forested islands, rocky outcrops, and sandy beaches. As you sail, you’ll visit islands steeped in history and culture, each with its own unique story, from ancient Viking settlements to historic fishing communities. Indulge in fresh seafood and traditional Swedish cuisine, both onboard and at charming island restaurants and cafes. Wake up each day surrounded by the serene beauty of the Baltic Sea, with the sound of gentle waves lapping against the hull, and explore a diverse landscape that changes with every nautical mile.

Average temperatures in July and August: 18 – 22°C


Scottish summer staycations

A Coolcation holiday doesn’t have to mean flights abroad—a staycation in Scotland can offer just as much in the way of dramatic landscapes and adventures far from the beaten track. Boasting more than 10,000 miles of stunning coastline, Scotland and its islands provide something for everyone; a unique land rich with history, wildlife, jaw-dropping beauty, and world-leading whiskies. The Hebrides, considered the jewel in the crown of Scotland’s coastline, feature remote islets, secluded sea lochs, and sheltered coves. Enjoy long, warm sunny days in the Western Isles, with ideal sailing conditions and sheltered bays for continued adventures when the Atlantic winds blow. Wildlife enthusiasts can look forward to visiting puffin colonies, spotting birds of prey, and experiencing unforgettable encounters with dolphins and whales, including the resident pod of Orca gliding elegantly through the waters.

Average temperatures in July and August: 15 – 23°C


Discover the dramatic Norwegian fjords

Embark on an unforgettable sailing adventure through Norway’s stunning fjords, where majestic mountains, picturesque villages, and rugged snow-capped peaks await. These pristine landscapes, carved during the ice age, are home to breathtaking backdrops of steep, forested mountain slopes and deep, emerald waters. The fjords feature dramatic scenery and charming villages, where each stop offers opportunities for sightseeing and scenic walks in the untouched beauty of Norway’s coastline. Enjoy activities such as hiking, kayaking, or simply relaxing onboard as you sail through the tranquil waters. Conclude your adventure in one of Norway’s picturesque coastal towns, where you can explore historic sites and enjoy local cuisine. Our coolcation holidays to the Norwegian fjords are perfect for those seeking to explore Norway’s natural wonders away from the tourist crowds.

Average temperatures in July and August: 13 – 18°C


Ready to set sail on a coolcation?

Embarking on a coolcation holiday under sail offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore some of Europe’s most stunning and lesser-known destinations from the water. Whether you’re navigating the serene fjords of Norway, the enchanting Stockholm archipelago, the magical Scottish islands, or the idyllic shores of South Funen, each journey promises unique landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and unforgettable adventures. Escape the summer heat, embrace the cool breezes, and experience the magic of Europe’s waters like never before.