Today is International Happiness Day, the day designated by the United Nations.  The human rights organisation recognizes the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental human goal. According the the recently released UN  World Happiness Report the top five happiest destinations are: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland.

Guided holiday company, Trafalgar, has put together packages that will help travellers experience the five happiest places on earth.



While its long, dark and cold days seems at odds with its listing as the happiest place on earth, Finland is a delightful surprise.


Trafalgar’s 15-day Best of Finland, Russia and The Baltic States Summer 2018 trip begins in the country’s hip capital city, Helsinki and continues to Russia’s s must-see cities, plus Europe’s eastern gems.


Tales of Vikings and trolls await on Trafalgar’s epic Best of Norway trip, a 9-day journey through Norway, the second happiest place. Take in the startling beauty of this Scandinavian country and her people, including dinner with the 5th generation Øvre-Eide family on their livestock farm, which has been a working farm since the 1500s.


Third on the happiness list is Denmark and Trafalgar’s 14-day Scenic Scandinavia and its Fjords Summer 2018 trip makes it easy to discover the deep fjords, glaciers and islands that line the Scandinavian coastline.


Denmark City Scandinavian Scandinavia Copenhagen

Discover people and place that inspired Hans Christian Andersen to share tales of mermaids, queens and ugly ducklings.




This year’s fourth happiest destination – Iceland, is also one of the world’s hottest places to visit. Trafalgar’s 10-day Ultimate Iceland Summer 2018 makes it easy to discover the stunning scenery of this country and the warmth of the Icelanders.




Wrapping up the top 5 happiest places is Switzerland and Trafalgar offers an 8-day Contrasts of Switzerland Summer 2018 trip highlighting the diversity of this happy place, from its natural mountain scenery, lakes, and refined resorts to its cosmopolitan cities. This trip includes the stunning Glacier Express Train through the Swiss Alps from St. Moritz to Zermatt.