We’ve set foot into the second half of the year with summer temperatures at their peaks. You can expect the beaches to be crowded, gallons of cold drinks, and barbeque along with the AC units set to their peak limits. We know that there are thousands of sun lovers out there who love the scorching heat and want to get that perfect tan but at some point, everyone would just want to chill out. For those fortunate souls who still have a few days of summer vacation left and aren’t to heavy on their pockets, a visit to a cold-weather destination may be the best way to take away the heat from your bones. So, put away the portable fan and umbrellas, and get your ski and hiking kits out for the next coming weeks or simply pack up your warm clothes to chill out in a cool summer destination.

If your idea of a perfect vacation or holiday doesn’t include itchy sunburns, dehydration and sweaty beach time, you should definitely consider visiting at least one of these cool places during summer;

1. Geirangerfjord, Norway

Geirangerfjord is one of many European jewels located in the north of Norway’s fjords region. You can find high elevations and sheer canyon walls that will protect you from the sun. It is one of the coolest places you can visit in the world and the vacation spot is perfect for hiking, cruising, camping and kayaking along fjord-hugging trails and not to mention, the most amazingly beautiful Nordic skies and landscapes.

2. Cannon Beach, Oregon

Canon beach, Oregon is one of the coolest places in the US all year round. With an average high temperature of just 53 degrees, it is perfect for those who wear jeans and long sleeves all year round. It is also a cozy town filled with locally owned shops, art galleries, comfort food restaurants and coffee that goes perfectly with the weather. You can also hike in Ecola State park while overlooking the rocky shore line and the Tillamook Head Light House. If you are a wild life fanatic, do not miss out on watching the gray whales migrate along with anemone and starfish at the marine garden near Haystack Rock.

3. Dublin, Ireland

There was a famous blog recently posted on social media about an Irish man complaining about the scorching heat when the temperature was just 16 degrees centigrade. A typical heatwave takes temperatures up to 25 degrees centigrade which is at cold as it gets in some parts of the world.  So, folks in the Middle East, India, and from parts of the US like Texas, Florida and California can imagine the pain this would bring to our burning souls.  Dublin is known for its cool temperatures and light rain which makes the city green and one of the coolest spots in Europe. The city is also over a thousand years old and offers so much historic sites and stories of the middle-ages. Plus, you get to enjoy some warm Irish culture with beer and some of the best food in the world.

4. Patagonia, Argentina

If you’re really fed up with the heat and looking to bundle up during the end of July and August, Patagonia is the perfect escape from the heat. The mountainous region is home skiing resorts, spas and amazing restaurants to make your holiday memorable. Plus, this time of the year is the best time to visit this gem of a place as skiing conditions are not suitable during summer in the southern hemisphere.