There’s nothing like spending time on a little island to recharge and rest! I’ve never really visited a lot of tropical islands. Northern islands are more my speed. I tend to love fir trees, lighthouses, rocky coastlines, and little cabins. Here are a few of my very favorite Northern islands I’ve visited and a few that I hope to visit soon! Do you have a favorite you’d like to add to the list?
Mackinac Island 1 of 10Mackinac Island is a small island in Lake Huron in between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The island has been a popular summer resort for over one hundred years. Preserved impeccably, the entire island is actually a historic landmark. There are no cars allowed on the island so it's a great place for bike riding with the whole family!
More information at Mackinac Island.org.
The San Juan Islands 2 of 10The San Juans are an archipelago of islands in Washington State near the Canadian border. Each island has a little different personality but all are fantastic for bike riding and camping. The wildlife, villages and farms make a picturesque setting for any vacation. You can island hop by visiting each island via ferry or sailboat.
More information at Visitsanjuans.com.
Prince Edward island 3 of 10This tiny island in the maritimes of Eastern Canada is famous for it's red dirt roads, wild lupines, and picturesque potato farms. Prince Edward Island also became famous as being the setting for the Anne of Green Gables series of books. If you have an adolescent daughter, this might be just her thing! You can even visit Green Gables.
More information at Tourismpei.com.
Stockholm Archipelago 4 of 10Off the West Coast of Sweden is a collection of 24,000 islands. These islands are referred to as The Stockholm Archipelago. You can take old ferries out to all the islands and it's not unusual to see tiny islands with just one house. A few of my personal favorites are Grinda, Sandhamn, Finnhamm and Resaro. Photo credit: BjÃ¶rn Tesch/imagebank.sweden.se
More information at Sweden.se.
Isles de la Madeleine 5 of 10This little archipelago of islands is part of the Canadian province of Quebec, though they are closer to Nova Scotia. Affectionatly called "The Maggie Islands" by locals, the islands boast white sandy beaches and miles of open space for bicycling and camping. It is also popular for windsurfing and kite surfing.
More information at Tourismeilesdelamadeleine.com.
The Channel Islands 6 of 10This group of Islands lie off the coast of France but are part of Great Britain. In the spring you'll find bluebell forests and in the summer you'll find warm coast lines for beach going. If you are a history buff, this is a great place to explore French and British history.
More information at Visitchannelislands.com.
Usedom 7 of 10This little German island sits in The Baltic Sea between the borders of Germany and Poland. White sandy beaches and resort hotels are popular with tourists. There are beautiful nature reserves and castles as well. It's a great place for bicycling too.
More information at Usedom.de.
Gotland 8 of 10Gotland is a large island off the coast of Sweden. It's a great place to spend time at the beach, rent a cabin and bicycle. History buffs will love Gotland for it's pre-historic sites and viking legends.
More information at VisitGotland.net.
Faroe Islands 9 of 10
Swan’s Island Maine 10 of 10This remote island is located off the coast of Maine near Bar Harbor. If you crave time with nature, fresh air, and don't particularly like touristy places, this might be the island for you. Spend time in Swan's Island for a slower pace and to take a break from the routine of everyday life.
More information at Swansisland.org.
Top photo: Mackinacisland.org. All other photos from respective sources.
Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!
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