A winter holiday doesn’t have to be about skiing; more and more people are taking advantage of the exciting winter activities on offer in destinations such as Iceland and Scandinavia to enjoy a snowy adventure; where else can you stay at a hotel built anew every year from blocks of freshly cut ice, soak in a hot tub beneath the Aurora Borealis or access the Arctic wilderness.
All winter destinations within the Arctic Circle offer a great chance of viewing the Northern Lights, which can be combined with an exciting range of ‘winter safaris’ by snowmobile, husky or reindeer sled. Depending on where you’re travelling, you can also enjoy king crab fishing, ice rally driving, ice fishing and much more.
If you’ve got school-age kids, you can take them to meet Santa in Swedish or Finnish Lapland. Or, if they’ve flown the nest, where better to celebrate New Year’s Eve than the elegant architecture, great nightlife and wintry surrounds of Reykjavik, Copenhagen or Helsinki.
Further afield, the wintry snowscapes of Canada and Russia are just as adventurous and guaranteed to provide opportunities for exploration and discovery.
Winter holidays 
Rather than rush off in search of some sun and a beach holiday, embrace the cold and snow on a winter holiday in Iceland or Scandinavia and try the wide range of activities available in Finland, Norway and Sweden.
Rather then head to Scandinavia for a winter holiday, consider Canada or the USA in North America for a chance to revel in the snow and try a range of winter sports and activities.
Top 10 winter holidays
Northern Lights in Tromso, Norway
Tromsø is situated right in the centre of the Northern Lights zone and is, therefore, among the best places on earth to observe this natural phenomenon. …
Ice Hotel, Sweden
Located 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in the small village of Jukkasjärvi, Ice Hotel is surely one of the most unique places to stay anywhere in …
Gothenburg’s Christmas Markets
From the middle of November into early January, the beautiful Swedish city of Gothenburg is transformed into a winter wonderland of festive fun. Millions of …
Christmas at Malangen Resort
Enjoy a Christmas like no other as you journey to Arctic Norway. Stay at Malangen Resort, a charming fjord-side hotel set amid magical winter landscapes outside …
Iso-Syöte Snow Adventure
Just 90 miles from the Arctic Circle and close to the border of Syöte National Park and two excellent ski resorts, Iso-Syöte is Finland's southernmost fell …
The Golden Eagle Arctic Explorer
Take in the beautiful city of St Petersburg before boarding one of the world's most luxurious trains, the Golden Eagle, and setting off on a quest to find the …
Quebec City and the Ice Hotel (Hotel de Glace)
North America's first ice hotel, Hotel de Glace, is made entirely of snow and ice and features ornate furniture, carved from from ice blocks, two art galleries, …
Vancouver to Whitehorse: Under Canadian Skies
This 10-day tailor-made tour encapsulates the true spirit of Canada as you journey by train from the Pacific coast city of Vancouver, deep into the breathtaking …
Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara winter wonders
Ontario is surely the most diverse of all Canada's provinces, where you can feel the power of Niagara Falls; wander the wilderness landscapes of Algonquin …
Winter Wonderland of Québec Province
The province of Québec, Canada is a winter wonderland. Here's how to experience the best of what is on offer.