If you like to be active during a holiday, then lake and mountain holidays are perfect for you. The Alps, cutting right through the centre of Europe, are a favourite destination, and the Scottish Highlands and Norwegian fjords offer some of Europe's most breathtaking scenery.
Stunning mountain vistas for your next European break
By opting for lake and mountain holidays, you can look forward to walking, cycling, exploring small towns, and eating great local food in gorgeous surroundings. Alpine destinations in Switzerland, Austria, and France, mostly dedicated to skiing in winter, are perfect choices for summer breaks as well – the Alpine meadows burst into life in the warmer months, and there's no shortage of holiday homes to stay in, things to do, or places to see. You'll likely still find snow on some peaks in summer, with summer skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports on offer in the highest villages.
The United Kingdom is popular for lake holidays as well. Head to England's Lake District, which is favoured among hikers and fans of quaint villages with pretty tea rooms, or further north into the Scottish Highlands for the UK's highest mountains and deepest lakes. Spot eagles, deer, other wildlife, and perhaps even the famous Loch Ness Monster.
Norway's rugged Atlantic coastline, which boasts deep fjords cutting into the coast and dramatic coastal scenery, attracts thousands of adventurous holidaymakers every year. Explore the countryside on foot or by bike, see the colourful wooden houses in the town of Bergen, or take to the sea in a boat or kayak to experience the coast from a different perspective. In the far north, take in the spectacular sights of waterfalls or glaciers, even in the summer months. If you're lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights on your Scandinavian trip.
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