Try something different this summer in Scandinavia

From chic city pads to remote log cabins, choose from hundreds of homes on Holiday-Rentals

15 June 2009 Think Nordic countries are all about snow, long nights and Christmas markets? Think again. For those who want to try something different this summer but don't want to venture too far from our British shores, the land of midnight sun is ideal. Holiday-Rentals lists 530 properties in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland, from city break pads to remote log cabins by crystal-clear lakes, and the countries are well-served by budget airlines so great for a bargain break.

Summers in Scandinavia are truly spectacular, with gorgeous nature, long hours of daylight, cheerful locals and a plethora of activities on offer; from hiking and biking to fishing, rafting and canoeing. Scandinavian scenery includes the mountains and fjords of Norway, and the waterfalls and spouting geysers of Iceland. Summer temperatures reach as high as 30°C, but proximity to water means major Nordic cities never get as scorching as Continental capitals, and there is always a cooling breeze. If you hurry, you might even catch the midnight sun shining above the Arctic Circle in June and July!

Below are just some of the properties in Scandinavia with summer availability.

Sweden - Gorgeous 2-bedroom house right by a lake, with gorgeous views, an inviting terrace and bird swings. Located on the most beautiful beach at Åsunden Lake, which offers a swimming area, jetty, beach volleyball and fine sandy beach.
£570 per property per week - Luxurious, beautifully decorated 3-bedroom villa in Saltsjöbaden, in Stockholm's breathtaking archipelago. Built in 1896, its original charm has been kept alive, even though the property has undergone extensive renovation works.
£1,754 per property per week

Norway - Stunning 2-bedroom apartment in the centre of Ålesund, with wooden floors, beautifully furnished and boasting fantastic views over the city. Garage for parking inside the building.
£982 per property per week - Two apartments, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom, within one house, with a panorama view of the fjord, on the west coast of the country. 35 minutes drive to Bergen. Boasts an outdoor hot tub, and each apartment has a little boat with outdoor engine. One of Europe's best golf courses is only 30 minutes away by car.
£658 per property per week for a 2-bedroom apartment
£825 per property per week for a 3-bedroom apartment

Denmark - Delightful 3-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a beautiful old manor. The estate has a lovely garden and is located near the German border, 1km away from the centre of Tondern. North Sea, Baltic Sea and Flensburg are just half an hour away by car.
£342 per property per week - Spacious 5-bedroom house in Bornholm with sauna and Jacuzzi. Only 250m from the beach. Has a south-facing terrace with garden furniture.
£647 to £1,118 per property per week

Finland - Cosy little cottage (25 sq m) in Ruorasmäki in the southern part of Lake Suonne, with terrace and sauna. It is located only 15 from a beautiful clear lake.
£351 per property per week - Beautiful 5-bedroom lakefront loghouse with a large courtyard, spacious beach sauna heated by a wood stove, broadband Internet and satellite TV.
£906 per property per week - Two stunning villas, 2-bedroom and 4-bedroom, in Western Lapland, beautifully furnished and equipped with top-of-the-range gadgets, including Miele cooking appliances. Both houses have saunas.
£1,132 to £1,491 per property per week for a 2-bedroom villa
£1,991 to £2,368 per property per week for a 4-bedroom villa

Iceland - Bright and cosy 2-bedroom flat in the old west part of Reykjavik, 10 minutes walk to the centre. The flat is on the top floor of a three-floor building with sloping, wood-panelled ceiling.
£404 per property per week - Traditional 1-bedroom Icelandic cottage spread across two floors, 10 minutes walk to the centre of Reykjavik. 5 minutes walk in the other direction brings you to the path along the seashore.
£420 per property per week - Lovely 4-bedroom cottage in the south of the country, with sauna, Jacuzzi, BBQ area, guesthouse and spectacular views. 1 ½ hour to Reykjavik. Places of interest in the neighbourhood include waterfalls, glaciers, Westman islands, volcano Hekla, Geysir and waterfall Gullfoss. The cottage is also surrounded by many historical places from the old Icelandic saga, Njáála.
£450 per property per week