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.
Popular destinations for Winter holidays
Winter is when Norway comes into its own—a lively way of life has developed here, from snowshoeing and trekking to cosy indoor getaways in luxury log cabins. Perhaps most of all, this is the season of the Northern Lights, and Norway is home to some of the most dazzling displays on Earth.
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.
Our top itineraries for Winter holidays
Combine Germany’s quintessential festivities with its wide-reaching heritage, visiting Berlin, Frankfurt, Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dresden.
Combine the colourful city of Reykjavik with the Iceberg town of Ilulissat in Greenland. The Ilulissat Ice Fjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in addition due to the town's location north of the Arctic Circle it’s a fantastic place to look for the Northern lights.
Located on the outskirts of Kiruna, Camp Ripan combines cosy cabins, proximity to wilderness and a selection of exciting and enthralling winter activities. Live in typical Scandinavian style and venture to snow-clad landscapes, sample local, delicious cuisine and chase the Northern Lights.
Top offers for Winter holidays
This 11-day tailor-made winter holiday sees you travel to north to the remote city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada's most reliable location for spotting the Northern Lights.
Early Booking Offer 18/19 - Receive £100 on board credit
Book by: 30 June 2017
There are a staggering 34 ports of call on this seven-day Hurtigruten cruise, travelling north up Norway's west coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle, some of which are rarely visited by other cruise ships.
Special fly-cruise fares
This full-board, exploratory cruise will bring you through fjords and past remote islands to reach Norway’s historic towns, fishing villages and Arctic fun. Everything from dogsledding and snowmobiling to the North Cape and the Russian border is set under the Northern Lights.
Exclusive offer: Includes an Aurora Safari
Book by: 31 March 2018
Tromso 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. Gateway to the Arctic and the capital of northern Norway, Tromso also has many cultural sights and excellent restaurants.