Like most of Europe, there is no clear demarcation of the countries that fit into Northern Europe and many variations exist. However, the United Nations geoscheme places 10 countries in Northern Europe, from the five Scandinavian countries to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Iceland, along with 7 dependent areas like the Isle of Man, Faroe Islands, and Jersey.
Northern Europe with its wide expanse of wilderness, forests, lakes, and volcanoes, enshrined by the mystical northern lights epitomizes all that the great outdoors should be. Some of Europe’s best hiking trails are located in this scenic expanse of land which also has some breathtakingly beautiful coastline. Winter transforms the verdant green into thick carpets of snow, giving rise to some of the best skiing sites in the world. Most countries in this part of Europe have developed economies and their cities are shining examples of the high standards of living. Some of the cleanest cities in the world such as Copenhagen and Stockholm are located in Northern Europe where green sustainable living is a way of life. Despite the long depressing winters, Northern Europe also has some of the happiest cities in the world, with Reykjavik, Helsinki, and Bergen featuring in this list.

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Manchester

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Manchester

Manchester has the reputation of being one of the most gay-friendly cities in England. The city is famed for its football culture, but gay travelers know it for Canal Street, the heart of the Gay Village of Manchester. With Manchester being just two hours away from London, the LGBTQ population from the capital often comes…

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Brighton

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Brighton

The city of Brighton houses one of England‘s largest gay communities and is often called its ‘gay capital’. Home to UK’s best Pride Festival, the English seaside resort town of Brighton is home to many gay-friendly hotels and gay bars. In fact, gay hotels in Brighton run the gamut from high-end luxury hotels and mid-range…

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Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In London

Jolly old’ London is one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities and has been a haven for the members of the LGBT community for more than a hundred years. In the last two decades, the city has become extremely gay-friendly, with LGBT clubs and bars popping up in tourist areas. London has been home to…

Top 10 Things To Do In Cambridge

Top 10 Things To Do In Cambridge

The two big ‘intellectual’ names in England are the university cities of Cambridge and Oxford. Like Oxford,  Cambridge is also an old city that dates back to the 13th century. However, what sets this city apart from its historic rival are the green spaces that surround it. In the midst of all this green is…

Top 10 Things To Do In Bath

Top 10 Things To Do In Bath

Bath is one of England’s most beautiful cities. Located near Bristol airport and just over two hours away from London. Bath has a  history that dates back thousands of years. A hugely popular place. The city welcomes visitors in their hundreds of thousands every year. They are drawn to the stories of its famous residents…

Top 12 Things To Do In York

Top 12 Things To Do In York

York, a city located in North Yorkshire, England is famous for its historical landmarks and variety of cultural and sporting activities. Founded as Eboracum by the Romans in 71 AD, some of its Roman heritage is evident in parts of the medieval wall which is still quite intact. With the conquest by the Danes in…

Top 9 Things To Do In Liverpool

Top 9 Things To Do In Liverpool

Liverpool is the 7th largest city in Britain and was once one of the world’s largest ports. Besides the obvious fact that The Beatles come from there, Liverpool is well known for its industrial heritage, having built the first dock and inter-city passenger railway line. Nowadays, the city’s waterfront is a designated World Heritage Site and…

Top 11 Things To Do In Oxford

Top 11 Things To Do In Oxford

Home to the oldest University in Britain and the second oldest surviving university in the World (after the University of Bologna), the city of Oxford is an architectural marvel, and its many amazing buildings are the reasons why it is so famous. See the inspiration for Harry Potter’s Great Hall at Christ Church, view the city…

Top 10 Things To Do In Manchester

Top 9 Things To Do In Manchester

Manchester is a special city in North West England with a rich history and culture. This once largest industrial metropolis has transformed itself into England’s edgy northern capital – it’s the home of some of Britain’s biggest music legends, iconic landmarks, a multitude of shopping, thriving arts, culture scene, world-famous sports and entertainment facilities. Take…

Top 10 Things To Do In London

Top 10 Things To Do In London

When I was a child my favorite uncle told me so many stories about London, he said: “a bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else”, funny, but true. There is nowhere in the world quite like London. This is not just another capital city, it’s a thriving metropolis with a unique…