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
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.
Bjorkliden's Aurora Festival is the first Northern Lights festival, celebrating culture, myth and science, with a variety of optional winter excursions for you to enjoy.
A five day break experiencing a night in the vibrant city of Olso, before spending 3 nights in Longyearbyen in order to experience the Arctic Wilderness of Svalbard.
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Toronto is Canada's largest city, an exciting multicultural metropolis brimming with world-class museums, galleries, restaurants and shops. Its theatre scene is one of the best in the world, often compared to the big hitters of London and New York.
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Your base for this four-day Santa break in Lapland, Finland is the Harriniva Hotel, a cosy retreat high up in the Arctic Circle, complete with jacuzzis on the riverbank and a private husky farm.
Northern Lights Promise Winter 2016-17
Book by: 31 March 2017
Norway's lHurtigruten cruise ships sail along its western coastline, a region of fjords, mountains and, in the winter months, the Northern Lights. The ships stop at more than 30 ports between Bergen and Kirkenes, no other voyage offers such a close look at Norwegian coastal life.
Nuremberg's Chrismas Markets
Book by: 19 December 2016
Nuremberg's Christmas Market, or Christkindlesmarkt, on the picturesque Hauptmarkt Square in the city's beautiful old quarter, is one of Germany's largest, attracting almost two-million visitors each year and featuring around 200 stalls, selling an incredible array of festive ornaments, toys, arts,…