The Summer Solstice is a celestial event that has been respected for thousands of years all over the world, from the Ancient Egyptians, who believed it was responsible for the vital annual flooding of the Nile, to the Vikings, who would go on fishing expeditions and raids. Even today, it is a time to appreciate the life-giving powers of the Sun and it’s relationship with Earth, which allows every living thing on our planet to thrive. It’s also a time when the warm weather lets us gather with friends and family and enjoy the great outdoors, whether it’s hiking through forests and mountains, serving barbecue lunches, or simply lying on the beach with a well-earned cold one in hand.
In 2018, the Summer Solstice will fall on Thursday, June 21, in the Northern Hemisphere, and these are our favorite accommodations to experience the world’s best celebrations.
1. Summer Solstice Parade in Santa Barbara, California
2. Summer Solstice Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina
Stay just an hour away from the colorful celebrations in Greensboro, North Carolina, with this cabin near Raleigh and discover an artisan market with an array of hand-crafted goods and culinary delights, live musical performances with influences from around the globe, and dazzling fire-spinning displays in the evening!
3. Secret Solstice Festival in Iceland
Marvel at the breathtaking mountain and ocean views from a private outdoor hot tub with this unique glass cabin near the Secret Solstice Festival in Reykjavík and watch world-class musical acts from a variety of genres. 2018's acts include Slayer, Stormzy, Bonnie Tyler, and Gucci Mane!
4. Astrofest in Istria, Croatia
This superb villa rental is based on the Istrian Peninsula in Croatia near the site of Astrofest where lovers of astronomy and mystical mythology gather to watch the sun set before rising again on the shortest night of the year.
5. Mountain Fires in Tyrol, Austria
The extraordinary spectacle of the Mountain Fires on the peaks of Ehrwald, Lermoos, and Biberwier in Austria’s Tyrol region is a truly unique sight, with the glowing sculptures reaching a height of 200 meters. Make your Summer Solstice getaway unforgettable by staying in an igloo in the enchanting city of Innsbruck.
6. Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in England
Gather around the ancient standing stones of Stonehenge and admire the first rays of the sun while joining in the extravagant pagan celebrations. Guests can expect to see displays of flamboyant Aztec and druid costumes, mass yoga sessions, and lively drum circles.