Even though the end of summer is almost on the horizon, the heat and humidity of Dubai keep us dreaming of more temperate climates. For those of you who still have summer vacations to plan, why not head to a cooler locale where you can indulge in the feeling of being cocooned in a chunky knit and stylish coat while taking in the fresh, crisp air?
From soaking in spouting geysers to visiting UNESCO World Heritage sites, Savoir Flair has rounded up the five best experiences to have abroad while it’s still scorching hot in Dubai.
Walk Through the Norwegian Fjords
With temperatures peaking at 20°C in September, Western Norway and its beautiful fjords provide the ideal escape. This is a country where you can experience mountains, valleys, and glaciers, all while working on your cycling, hiking, and kayaking skills.
SF Tip: Plan your hike around the glaciers at Breheimen, which will have you wandering through birch forests in the Jotunheimen National Park. Need a little extra assistance? Head to the luxuriously secluded Storfjord Hotel that offers an incredible array of bespoke nature tours.
Climb Table Mountain in South Africa
With flights and accommodations available at much more reasonable prices during the South African winter, September is a great time to climb this breathtaking natural wonder that overlooks the charming city of Cape Town.
SF Tip: If the idea of steep drops and strenuous climbs doesn’t sound appealing to you, take the cableway to the top of the mountain instead. Avoid the crowds by purchasing an afternoon ticket, which is valid from 1 p.m. onwards.
Discover the Canadian Rockies
Alberta is a province in Western Canada where the landscape encompasses mountains, prairies, deserts, and vast coniferous forests. The picturesque countryside plays host to over 600 lakes as well as the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Two absolutely must-visit locations in this region are Jasper (home to white water rafting) and Banff National Park, where you will find pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers, and sweeping valleys.
SF Tip: Jasper is roughly 90 minutes away from Banff National Park, so make sure you rent a car to travel between these two stunning destinations.
Visit the Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina
Located in the area known as Austral Andes in Argentina, this UNESCO World Heritage site is the largest continental ice extension after Antarctica. The area is particularly beloved for its hiking trails, nautical sports, and sightseeing cruises.
SF Tip: Make sure you allow a few days to explore the glaciers. And when you need to rest your head, we recommend doing it at the quaint EcoCamp Patagonia Domes, which is deeply immersed in nature and features roof windows.
Soak in New Zealand's Geysers
Rotorua, home to New Zealand’s volcanic activity, has drawn visitors to the region for generations due to its redder-than-red thermal parks, which include spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools.
SF Tip: The Māori, a Polynesian tribe indigenous to this area, consider these springs to be sacred waters. A visit to Rotorua is as therapeutic as it is culturally fascinating, considering that 35 percent of the population is made up of people from this ancient tribe.
Maryanne Haggas runs Doodle Diaries DXB, a travel and lifestyle blog based in Dubai.