Fresh off the heels of our multi-generational family summer trip through Scandinavia, I published an Ecotourism in Northern Europe series, which you can find within the Greenloons Blog. It’s a wonderful part of the world that offers tons of family ecotourism activities:
- Riga, Latvia – The Baltic Sea spa resort Jurmala is located on the Gulf of Riga approximately 8 miles west from Riga is beautiful. Jurmala has a mild climate, beautiful sandy beaches, and conifer forests that stretch along the coastline as well as curative peat mud and spa mineral waters.
- Gdansk, Poland – Nearly 30 percent of Poland is protected land in the form of national parks, nature reserves, and landscape parks. Slowinski Park, which is one of Poland’s 23 national parks, is approximately 100 miles due west of Gdansk and offers many ecotourist activities. Registered both on the UNESCO list of World Biosphere Reserves and the International Ramsar Convention of protected waterways, the main attraction of the park, which stretches for 21 miles along the Baltic coast, is the shifting dunes that reach 140 feet high. Hiking routes as well as cycling paths are well marked and nature enthusiasts can also enjoy the nearby lakes that are replete with birdlife as well as plentiful beaches and even a mini-desert.
- Stockholm, Sweden – Outside Stockholm and quite reachable by subway/metro or short bus ride are the beautiful Bergianska Botanical Gardens, the Fjarilshuset Butterfly and Bird House, and Haga Park. With emphasis on relaxation and getting back to nature, they are all great places for rejuvenation.
- Copenhagen, Denmark – Greater Copenhagen was recently linked up with the Marguerite Route, which takes you through nature, outdoor activities and shopping. The Marguerite Route goes by Western Amager and the Commons at Kalvebod. In addition to a wealth of nature experiences, there are man-made landscapes that are completely flat and offer a clear view of the Copenhagen skyline. From Amager, the route continues to Damhus Lake and the nature areas of Vestskoven and Herstedjoje.