For many, a winter holiday is about adventure and excitement, with more and more people are taking advantage of the thrilling seasonal activities on offer throughout Scandinavia and the Nordics to enjoy a truly memorable, and snowy, adventure. After all, 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 a range of ‘winter safaris’ by snowmobile, husky or reindeer sled. Depending on where you’re travelling, you can also enjoy king crab fishing, ice fishing, snowshoeing and much more besides.
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
Travel deep in the frozen wilds of Finnish Lapland for included winter adventures, Northern Lights viewing and the best in traditional Lappish dining at Wilderness Hotel Inari.
Travel to the ultimate Arctic destination, Svalbard, on this action-packed winter holiday. A Northern Lights snowcat tour and a thrilling evening at Camp Barentz are included in the price.
Explore French-colonial Quebec City, before heading to the spectacular Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge, nestled within dense fir forests. Spend days biking and kayaking in the spectacular surrounds, coming back to all-inclusive meals and an outdoor hot tub.
Top offers for Winter holidays
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This spectacular expedition voyage discovers the remote reaches of Norway's isolated and unspoiled north, from Svalbard's polar bears to Bear Island's rugged bird cliffs. You'll spot an abundance of wildlife that thrives among these mountains, glacial fjords and dominating icy expanses.
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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.
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From a secluded, luxury stay to visiting a geothermal spa and spotting the Northern Lights from an outdoor hot tub, this Iceland escape is full of romance. You'll also explore the natural wonders of the Golden Circle before ending with Reykjavik's historic charm.
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With its mesmerising sculptures and thrilling excursions, a stay at Sweden's original ICEHOTEL is a truly unique experience. This classic short break includes a night in an Ice Room with two nights in warm accommodation.