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
Making the most of a new direct transfer from Tromso Airport, this tailor-made break includes three nights at Malangen Resort, a Northern Lights watch and half-board dining throughout.
Based in the pretty town of Banff, this tailor-made holiday includes a host of fabulous winter activities, including snowshoeing, guided ice walks, husky sledding, sleigh rides and ice skating. There's also plenty of free time for those who want to hit the slopes.
This short winter break combines a visit to World Heritage-listed Québec City with a memorable overnight stay at Hôtel De Glace. - North America's only ice hotel.
Top offers for Winter holidays
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: 28 February 2018
Our most popular Northern Lights break, this four-day city stay in Tromso is the ideal introduction to Norway's Arctic delights, with wonderful restaurants and bars and easy access to a host of winter adventures.
Winter sun offer plus free half board upgrade – Save up to £795 pp
Book by: 30 January 2018
The three distinctive properties in this outstanding Dubai beachfront resort offer a wonderful recreation of the grandeur, romance and hospitality of Old Arabia.