Vestvågøya, the geographical center of the Lofoten Islands, is distinguished by its dramatic landscape—soaring peaks, sheer rock faces, glimmering lakes, and surf-washed shores—quaint fishing villages, and the Lofotr Viking Museum. No matter when you visit this arctic arcadia, expect eye-popping weather phenomena, from the magical midnight sun to the mythical northern lights. Don’t miss these unforgettable bucket-list trips that won’t break the bank.
Only an hour ferry from Santorini, Folegandros—a 12-square-mile islet with just 765 year-round residents—has all the Grecian allure without the crowds and sky-high prices. Hike the rocky cliffs, kick back on the pristine beaches, watch the sunrise over the Aegean, soak in the laid-back vibe of Chora, and feast on matsata (handmade pasta with a red sauce and chicken, goat, or rabbit).
Gozo, the second-largest isle in the Maltese archipelago after Malta itself, is storied for its jaw-dropping scenery. The biggest draw is the Azure Window, a 92-foot-tall limestone arch—the film location for the Dothraki wedding in the first episode of “Game of Thrones.” Gozo also boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the Mediterranea, plus Ġgantija, a megalithic temple complex that’s older than the Pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge. Here’s how to pick the perfect vacation based on your personality type.