Can you help me choose my next destination?

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1. Posted by Elysah (Budding Member 4 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi fellow travellers,

I'm new to this forum, but I've been travelling a lot in the past 20 years.

In September, I'm going to take 2 weeks off for a solo trip in Northern Europe.

Thing is, I haven't set my mind yet on where exactly, but was thinking that the experience & advice from you, fellow travellers, might help me choose the best option!
Currently, my three options are:
- Faroe Islands, Denmark
- Lofoten, Norway
- Lapland, Finland

I'm a 38F, travelling alone (have done this a lot), healthy and fit, although not really an experienced hiker.

I'm looking in the first place for a place with beautiful nature and landscapes! (they all are, obviously)
With the possibility for relatively easy hikes and walking trails; with refuges or other alternative options to camping (I don't have the gear for it).
I don't mind cold weather or rain :)
Expenses are not too much of a barrier either, but I certainly do not look for luxury or very high comfort. I have my drivers license.

Which one would you recommend and why?

Thanks a lot :)

Elysah

PS: In exchange, I'd be happy to give advice and information on places I've visited!

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3. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 874 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi Elysah, and welcome to TP! :)

As a fin I would of course recommend Finland

We have for sure a lot of beautiful nature and lot of hiking trails, nature trails, natural parks throughout Lapland! As for September the weather might be little unpredictable but it shouldn't be problem if you, as you said, don't mind the rain :)

Personally, I have done only day trips but I know that in most of the longer treks there is huts on the way where you are able to spend the nights, but for more specific information you would need to seek in Nature parks sites. There should be plenty of info available as for the lenghts and conditions on the routes, difficulties etc. :)

Hope this was helpful and don't hesitate to ask me, either here on the forum or by DM if you have any questions, I am happy to help! :)

4. Posted by Sergio Gonzalo (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi

I am planning to go to Lapland in November, so I have been looking for information on the Swedish and the Finnish part of the region. Kiruna in Sweden and Inari and Rovaniemi in Lapland seem to be quite nice and to have fantastic nature and landscapes around them.

Enjoy the preparation of the trip!

5. Posted by ericssmith453 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8w Star this if you like it!

Hi Elysah,
I am also a travel enthusiast who loves to explore new places. If you love taking travel photographers you can go to Hallstatt, Austria. Hallstatt, Austria is the best place for travelers to spend their vacation wandering the 16th century alpine houses, exploring an ancient salt mine, and many more.
PS: Don't forget to share your experience and traveling tips.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5666 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Of the three destinations, I've sadly only visited the Lofoten so far. Absolutely gorgeous, but I hardly got to do any hiking there, as I just didn't know where to look for trails, and it's not really the type of landscape where you can just set out.

Since then, I found this Norwegian hiking map - ut.no/kart, which shows hiking trails all over Norway. No personal experience with it, but it should be a starting point. Sadly the interface is only in Norwegian, but I expect you'll basically want to turn on "Sommerstier" (summer trails), and not "Vinterl√łyper" (winter trails). If I translated their explanations correctly, these should all be marked trails.

7. Posted by zakharova (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7w Star this if you like it!

Hi Elysahy

Glad to know about your 20 years of travel experience!

If your solo traveler i would recommend you to try out in Russia, Ukraine & Belarus.

Its a most beautiful place to visit and their local quite welcoming!

8. Posted by Lisulisu (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hi Elysah, I lived a year on the Faroese. It is quite a beautiful place, but I'm not so sure of how much ppl go camping there,but there are many places for overnight stays. It should be possible to spend the night outside too, but it can get a bit rough if you're caught in a storm or fog. The ppl are fantastic, friendly and accommodating.
That said I'm personnally more into norwegian nature. Higher mountains and more variation.
Cheers, lis

[ Edit: Edited on 9 Aug 2021, 11:37 GMT by Lisulisu ]

9. Posted by Elysah (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Lisulisu

Hi Elysah, I lived a year on the Faroese. It is quite a beautiful place, but I'm not so sure of how much ppl go camping there,but there are many places for overnight stays. It should be possible to spend the night outside too, but it can get a bit rough if you're caught in a storm or fog. The ppl are fantastic, friendly and accommodating.
That said I'm personnally more into norwegian nature. Higher mountains and more variation.
Cheers, lis

Hi Lis,

Nice that you had the opportunity to live on the Faroese Islands, it must have been a great experience. I decided not to visit them this time, but they're for sure still on my bucket list. I myself lived in the Azores for many months (a wonderful experience), and I always felt that Faroe Isl. were like the Azores of the North :)

Thanks for sharing your experience!

E.

10. Posted by Elysah (Budding Member 4 posts) 5w Star this if you like it!

Quoting zakharova

Hi Elysahy

Glad to know about your 20 years of travel experience!

If your solo traveler i would recommend you to try out in Russia, Ukraine & Belarus.

Its a most beautiful place to visit and their local quite welcoming!

Thank you for your advice, I won't go this year, but maybe another time.