Perfect winter break in Estonia – Tallin and Lahemaa National Park

Viru Bog, Lahemaa National Park in winter

Estonia might not be the first place you think of when planning a winter holiday, but we loved our time there and found there was plenty to offer at this time of year. Hiring a car also allowed us to leave the city of Tallin and explore the lesser explored countryside and national parks of Estonia.

In this post I’ll provide you with a short summary of our 5 night winter trip to Estonia, including what we did in Tallin and why we would encourage you to rent a car and explore the winter wonderland that is Lahemaa National Park in winter.

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The best things to do in Lapland in January – 5 nights in Rovaniemi, Finland

Reindeer in Lapland, Finland

Lapland in Finland covers a vast expanse of Arctic wilderness and is home to stunning nature and scenery. More famously its the unofficial home to Santa Claus. Rovaniemi is the capital of this region and serves as a great base to explore the area at any time of year.

I visited Lapland in January during the middle of winter and chose to spend 5 nights there with a rental car. Whilst only a short amount of time, it provided me with ample opportunity for me to have a true Lapland experience and visit all the sights I wanted to.

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Spectacular mountains and fjords in the Faroe Islands – 7 days of island hopping by car

Faroe Islands road trip

The Faroe Islands is not a place that initially comes to mind when thinking of planning a road trip. Located in the North Atlantic between Iceland, Scotland and Norway, the islands are a hidden gem that I can’t recommend highly enough. Dramatic mountains and fjords aplenty, the scenery is absolutely incredible.

Most of the islands are connected by a network of bridges and tunnels that run over and beneath the fjords, meaning much of the island is accessible by car. You’ll also be able to take your car on some ferries to those islands that aren’t connected by road bridges or tunnels. The Faroe Islands really make a great destination for exploring by road.

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Perfect 7 day summer road trip in Iceland – How much can you see in a week?

Skogafoss.  Waterfalls in Iceland.

Iceland has to be my all time favourite destination. There’s so much to see and do and I always aim to see and do as much as possible every time I visit. I always choose to rent a car to get around, giving me the freedom to explore at my own pace and to get off the beaten track. If you want to see beautiful mountains, volcanic landscapes and abundant sea and birdlife, then then the land of fire and ice is for you!

A week is an ideal amount of time to see plenty of Iceland, but I would refrain from aiming to circle the entire island as you’ll fine you’ll be driving almost the whole time. Instead I would focus on exploring the many sights that the south coast has to offer. Read on to get some ideas that may help you with you road trip planning.

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Amazing 3 week self drive safari in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe – Road trip planning in Africa

Giraffes at Etosha National Park, Namibia

This has to go down as one of my best experiences to date. Driving in Africa seemed daunting at first, but I can safely say that I enjoyed every minute of this trip and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone thinking of organising something similar. If you’re looking for a safari holiday in Africa and want to see abundant wildlife and stunning scenery then Namibia is definitely for you. We ended the holiday in Botswana and finally Zimbabwe, managing to cram in three different countries in three weeks.

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