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Don't like the heat? Where to go to have a cooler summer holiday

For many people, sun, sand, beach and cocktails are compulsory requirements for a summer holiday location. However, not everyone is fan of this type of holiday and some people prefer an alternative kind of summer holiday away from the heat. If you are looking for locations where the air is fresh and the temperatures are cooler, Hundredrooms, the holiday rental search engine has selected alternative summer holiday destinations where the temperatures struggle to reach above 20°C.

Cape Town

An aerial view of Table Mountain. Image: Alexcpt/Getty Images
An aerial view of Table Mountain. Image: Alexcpt/Getty Images

The beautiful Cape Town is a great option for a summer holiday where the temperatures remain cool. With temperatures struggling to go above 20°C, this location is perfect for those who don’t have space for shorts in their suitcases. Home to the spectacular Table Mountain, the flat-topped mountain top is where you can experience one of the world’s most iconic views. There is a wide range of activities to do in Cape Town for the adventurous including hiking, biking, whale watching and shark diving.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms
Reykjavik is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms

The little model like town of Reykjavik is a fantastic summer getaway for those who are not ready to put away their winter woollies. With temperatures barely reaching a high of 15°C, hats and gloves are definitely required. The world’s most northerly capital displays the creativeness of its people, with its miniature houses bursting with colour and its sparkling seas. Outside the capital, the countryside offers fresh air, rocky seas and snow-topped mountains.

Tromso

Tromso is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms
Tromso is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms

Often referred to as the gateway to the Arctic, the small town of Tromso sits 400 km north of the Arctic Circle at 69°N. Summer in this small Norwegian town is somewhat chilly as the temperature can reach lows of 8°C. Traditionally a launch pad for Arctic expeditions, Tromso is now recognised for being one of the most spectacular locations to spot the Northern Lights. Like many other Northern towns, the nightlife calendar is a lively one and Tromso prides itself for having more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town.

Nuuk

Nuuk is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms
Nuuk is one of the coolest places in the world during the summer. Image: Hundredrooms

Nuuk is the capital city of Greenland and is by far its largest, most cosmopolitan town. It is framed by a spectacular panoramic backdrop of mountains, and provides a good starting point to explore the rest of Greenland. The must-see locations in Greenland for the summer of 2017 are the Ilulissat Ice-fjord and Uunartoq Hot Springs, and you can depart from Nuuk on a whale-watching excursion.

Other destinations listed by Hundredrooms for a cooler summer holiday include Santiago, Chile, Timberline in Mt Hood, Oregon, Aviemore in Scotland and Patagonia, Argentina.