Helsinki The capital of Finland is not the first place you think of when you think of weekend breaks. However, the city has been gaining a reputation as an awesome place to stay. The city is situated within hundreds of small islands on the countries southern coast and is surrounded by a pristine wilderness of pine forests and mountains. The city itself is vibrant with many great places to eat and drink whilst also having one of the best nightlife scenes in Northern Europe. I’ve always wanted to visit a Northern European city, particularly in winter time. Other options would include Stockholm, Copenhagen or Oslo. However, Helsinki seems like as good a place as any to start exploring Northern Europe!
Iceland Iceland has always been near the top of my list. The island is on the boundary of two tectonic plates which results in a volcanic landscape that is second to none. The scenery is full of canyons, volcanoes, hot springs and glaciers all waiting to be explored. The country also has great views of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis to give it its technical name) in the early months of the year. There are also reasonably priced hostels doted all around the island, so a big thumbs up there! The night life in the capital Reykjavik is also meant to be pretty sweet, partying then climbing a glacier the next day would be fine right? I think I’d want to go to Iceland for at least a week and rent a car which would be a great way to see the country as it gives you so much freedom. The island is small enough to do a full circle stopping of in different towns along the way!
Summer 2016 If I can afford it I would love to go somewhere in the summer as well! Japan has always been on the list as it just has such a cool culture, amazing history and seems so technologically advanced! South Africa is also on there, the country seems so real and fresh and just has to be explored!