Top 4 Places in North Europe for 2019
Whether you’re dreaming to embark on the ultimate arctic adventure, discover new capitals of culture, or just break away from the usual hotspots, you’ll find what you’re looking for in our list of the top 4 best places to visit in North Europe in this 2019.
Breathtaking rocky fjords, majestic glaciers, and quiet, colorful towns make Greenland one of the best places to visit in 2019, at least for lovers of the Arctic Circle and once-in-a-lifetime adventures. A massive icy island between Iceland and the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, Greenland is as enthralling as it is remote. Though geographically part of North America, it is actually an autonomous constituent country of the Kingdom of Denmark, with a unique and fascinating Inuit culture all of its own.
Midnight Sun at Kangaamiut
There are no roads between towns, which means getting around is neither easy nor cheap. However, with a bit of planning or the help of a local travel agency, your trip to the world’s largest non-continental island will be memorable for all the right reasons. Depending on the season, visitors can cruise among icebergs under the midnight sun, kayak through icefields, explore the barren Greenland Ice Sheet (which covers 80% of its surface) on a dog sled, and spot incredible wildlife, from arctic foxes and wolves to whales and polar bears, in the planet’s largest national park (Northeast Greenland National Park). Greenland also boasts fantastic opportunities for hiking, heli-skiing, whale-watching, and Aurora Borealis viewing.
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
If you’re looking for rugged natural beauty and authentic local experiences, this group of islands off the west coast of Scotland is the one to watch in the coming year. Also known as the Western Isles, the Outer Hebrides offer an unexpected mix of pristine Caribbean-looking beaches, Northern Lights, and thoughtfully preserved Gaelic culture. You can spend hours here walking through the open countryside, amid swathes of moorland thick with wild flowers, and along epic coastal paths towering above wild, whirling seas. The air is fresh, the views endless, and the stillness of nature is balm to the soul. In a place like this, hurrying makes no sense, nor does technology. Instead, embrace the leisurely pace of life, have a drink at a quirky local pub, and indulge in some of the best seafood and farm-to-table cuisine in Britain.
Meanwhile, the islands are particularly famous for their rich birdlife and enigmatic archaeological sites. Lewis is home to the famous Hebridean Celtic Festival and the Callanish Stones, which are older than Stonehenge and just as intriguing; North Uist abounds in wildlife; the airport on the Isle of Barra is the only one in the world using a beach as the runaway; and Harris prides itself with some of UK’s best beaches, think iridescent teal seas and miles of pure sugar-white sand.
If you’ve ever considered visiting Berlin, now is the time to go. In 2019, Germany’s cool, liberal capital is more festive than ever as it celebrates the Bauhaus Centennial, as well as 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This only means that in addition to vibrant art, glorious nightlife, and a brilliant food scene, travelers will be greeted with a plethora of special events honoring the two anniversaries. Museums and cultural centers across the city will host a roster of thematic exhibitions, and there will be plenty of concerts, lectures, and theatrical performances to keep everyone busy.
This year is also witness the opening of Humboldt Forum, a new large-scale museum housed in the rebuilt Berlin Palace, which will incorporate two existing institutions, the Ethnological Museum of Berlin and the Museum of Asian Art. Besides, eccentric Berlin is a hotbed for creatives, with lots of quirky galleries, artisanal cafés, and hip workspaces infusing life in the city’s many derelict buildings. The streets are a canvas for graffiti artists, parks and green spaces stretch as far as the eye can see, and former warehouses have been transformed into clubbing temples. History is tangible here, but so is the explosive artistic energy that this big, multicultural metropolis exudes.
In the last few years, Copenhagen has rarely been out of the spotlight. And, considering that it’s constantly named one of Europe’s most livable, bike-friendly, and design-forward cities, that’s hardly a surprise. Inspiring dining places, chic new hotels, and an excellent taste in design have transformed Copenhagen into Europe’s capital of cool. The city is jam-packed with culture, history, Michelin stars, and effortlessly stylish locals, and each of its eclectic neighborhoods has a charm of its own.
Nowadays, the trendiest of them is Vesterbro, a hipster district outside the city center, filled with quirky vintage shops, organic eateries, and wonderful street art. Even so, most visitors flock to Indre By, the touristy, but no less charming, Old Town, home to picturesque cobbled streets, fantastic museums, and the colorful Nyhavn area along the waterfront. Then there’s bohemian Christianshavn, multicultural Norrebro, or posh Frederiksberg, known for its elegant Neoclassical houses, glitzy fashion boutiques, and upmarket restaurants. Stunning architecture and a wealth of cultural treasures lend the Danish capital a storybook charm, but it’s the city’s creative vibes, clean Scandinavian design, and ambitious green agenda that really make it one of the best European cities to visit. Copenhagen is aiming to become carbon neutral by 2025, and its state-of-the-art green power plant already hosts one of the longest artificial ski slopes in the world up on its roof. Need we say more?