When you think of holidays, going to a hotel somewhere hot and lounging about in the sun with the family is usually what comes to mind. There’s so much more you can do however, and at any time of year not just the summer. Sometimes a winter holiday is just what the doctor asked for, and winter holidays are so underrated. There are plenty of fun activities you can do, and plenty of beautiful countries to visit that are just as unique and interesting as warmer countries. Read on to find some fantastic and breathtaking holidays that will blow you away. Who want to be stuck in the airport during the summer holidays, trying to get to the same country as every other family? Not only is travelling at these peak times expensive, but it can be busy and stressful too. Winter holidays are unique and underrated, so here are some fantastic ideas of places you can go to enjoy the snow and somewhere you can sit by the fireside in the evening.
The Northern Lights
The Northern lights are a once in a lifetime opportunity, and something that is on everyone’s bucket list, so why not go experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. There are a few countries you can visit to see them including Iceland and Greenland. Usually there will be a local guide who will take you out to a place out in the country where visibility is good. Being locals, they will know the best places to take you where you are most likely to catch a glimpse of them. It is not always guaranteed that you do see them as it can be weather dependant, which means seeing them is extra special. The Northern lights are one of the most beautiful sights you can see, and so experiencing this natural wonder is a once and a lifetime opportunity.
If you go to see the Northern lights in Iceland for example, chances are you can do some whale watching too. Whales are beautiful and majestic creatures, and so sailing down the fjords to go and find them is an exciting experience. Whales are of course endangered in many parts of the world and are hunted, so helping an industry that encourages whales to live safely in their natural habitat is a good cause to endorse. Seeing animals in their natural habitat is a totally different to seeing them in a zoo, and sailing down rivers and the open ocean is a thrilling journey itself. This can be great fun for the whole family, and whale watching is an exciting adventure itself, and can be done on the same trip as seeing the Northern lights.
Skiing or Snowboarding
There are plenty of ski lodges and destinations across Europe or America that you can go to. Having an active holiday like this can be a great break from everyday life, and it can be great to move, have some fun and get out of the office. Most places cater to people of all abilities, so don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before. Most of the fun is in learning! If you want some pointers, or you really want to hone your skills, you could always try enrolling in a ski school. You could even try some country skiing if the slopes are not your thing. There are loads of winter sports that can so much fun for everyone, you can be sure there will never be a dull moment.
A City Break in the Snow
Any city is transformed when seeing it covered in snow. There is a certain romance to seeing the tree tops powdered with white. Seeing any capital city in Europe is beautiful at any time of year, but seeing it in the winter gives you the city from a new perspective. Winter has its own beauty, and it transforms any city into a completely different place. Try visiting a city that’s on your travel list at a different time of year. Winter is a magical time, and can make a fantastic and romantic getaway for you and a loved one.
If you like your spa days, and want to go somewhere beautiful to relax, then why not try the hot springs in Iceland? There are lots of different springs you can visit, each with their own nuances. They often have loads of other services at the springs, as well as the springs themselves, from cleansing treatments to mud baths. Iceland is situated on naturally heated springs, making these places a place of natural beauty as well as healing properties. Because of this natural heat, the country is also home to many different kinds of plants, that are able to grow here because of the warmer climate, for any botanist enthusiasts! For a relaxing and visually stunning winter break, try Iceland’s hot springs and come home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, the perfect outcome of a winter holiday.
Fancy a winter hike to test your walking ability? Glacier tours are becoming increasingly popular and are enjoyed by more and more people each year. This is the same principle as hiking at home, just is snowy conditions, or climbing and exploring glaciers. These are often done with tour guides of course, because of the potentially dangerous conditions, and because many walkers are unfamiliar with these areas. If your enjoy a hike, and exploring a landscape in a totally new way, a glacier tour or snowy hike could be for you. When you’re equipped with some extra gear and a guide, you will be on your adventure in no time.
There are loads of great ideas for winter breaks, and they are so underrated. Try any of these and have a great adventure, experience a breathtaking landscape, or come back feeling refreshed. Snowy landscapes have so many fun activities you can try for the whole family. Many of the colder countries have so much to offer, so go explore them this winter.