1. The Faroe Islands
I mean WOW, this place is out of this world. Maybe that is why it is not even on most maps. The Faroe Islands is a self-governing archipelago, part of Denmark. It comprises 18 rocky, volcanic islands between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, connected by road tunnels, ferries, causeways and bridges.
“Unfathomable beauty, mysteriously tucked away like a figment of a child’s imagination”
– Visit Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands is probably the most beautiful place I have ever been to. After saying that, I want to point out that the list below is not a ranking list – I simply couldn’t decide if one was better then the other. They are all gorgeous.
2. Cinque Terre, Italy
Italy is the perfect holiday destination – the food, the culture, the weather. I had dreamt of visiting this place years before actually going there and it was everything I had imagined and hoped. We stayed at a cute B&B and took the boat from village to village in June.
“Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits”
3. Santorini, Greece
Santorini might be the most romantic place on earth, but nevertheless I went there all by myself. I kind of like the idea that some memories will be just yours to keep. During my stay I walked a lot, had a lot of good food and some wine, watched the sunset every night but still went to bed early.
“Santorini may well have conquered a corner of your imagination before you’ve even set eyes on it”
– Lonely Planet
One day I met a Mexican girl and we explored Perissa and Oia together. She didn’t know much about Finland and thought we spoke English here. We had a nice lunch on the beach and dinner in Oia in the evening. After that we parted ways. I was going back to Athens before flying to Helsinki and she was continuing to Barcelona.
4. Tasmania, Australia
I seriously don’t understand why Tasmania is so underrated. I am so glad we decided to spend a week there on our Australia trip. We mostly enjoyed the beautiful views at National Parks but also spent a day shopping and chilling in Hobart. Bruny Island and the Bridestowe Lavender Field really charmed me.
“A curious island at the edge of the world”
– Disvocer Tasmania
5. Brugge, Belgium
You got me, I am a sucker for cute, colorful houses. Brugge in northwest Belgium, is distinguished by its canals, cobbled streets and medieval buildings.
“If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges. Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses”
– Lonely Planet
Lapland photos: Taipale Brothers, Jordan Herschel, Juho Kuva
6. Lapland, Finland
I am super proud of my country. I mean, couple years ago when I was still studying, (I was a typical Finn) I was asking every exchange student why on earth they chose to come to Finland out of all the places in the world.
“Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to those who dream of a winter wonderland. Contrasts are a key factor in the allure of Lapland where 24-hour sunlight in the summer replaces the dark winter days”
– Visit Finland
But seriously, why not – Finland is simply magical. We have Santa, we have northern lights, midnight sun and so, so much snow in the winter.
What would be on your list?