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.
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.
This is a great combination of winter experiences in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The dog sledding is a particularly great way to explore the snowy, alpine terrain.
Top offers for Winter holidays
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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.
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Alta is the perfect destination to see the spectacular beauty of the Aurora Borealis, with the Lights visible on an average 200 nights each year from October to April. Many a myth has surrounded the Lights.
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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.