2. Reykjavik, Iceland
It can be cold, but the capital of Iceland feels surprisingly warm for LGBT seniors, socially and otherwise. In 2009, the openly lesbian 69-year-old Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became prime minister. Since then, the nation has legalized same-sex marriage and adoption. (The country feels especially welcoming since its volcano named Eyjafjallajölull, which spewed ash in 2010, has gone quiet.)
During bright summer days, temperatures in Reykjavik hover in the lower 50s Fahrenheit. But this chill doesn't get in the way of hot and healing dips in geo-thermal springs. Try the Blue Lagoon, a gay-friendly spa located just outside of the city.
LGBT-focused tour operator Pink Iceland can create a custom itinerary to match your interests, such as a dinner cooked in a gay Icelander's home or a visit to Truno, a new downtown cafe that is diverse age-wise.