You can now dodge the burning question of choosing your travel destination to encounter your ultimate winter experience because we’ve got you covered! Here are some winter getaway destination ideas for your next adventure:
What other place can be a better getaway for the ultimate winter experience? Antarctica is definitely the place to be. It does sound insane, but it is one amazing adventure that you should definitely undergo in your lifetime. If you are planning to experience the ultimate winter in Antarctica, you can travel with the best Antarctica cruises which are accomplished enough to transmit you through this thrilling experience. Cruises generally depart from Ushuaia, Argentina, which is the southernmost city of the world, and the journey can last from anywhere between 11 to 21 days. With the amazing tundra and magnificent seascapes, you can catch yourself whale watching or simply ogling the penguins bouncing around. The best time to visit Antarctica is between the months of November to March, which is also the summer season in the southern hemisphere of the globe. The continent faces harsh winter in the other months, and so it is impossible to visit.
Switzerland is beautiful to visit at any time in the year, but if you are looking for your ultimate getaway, the Swiss Alps outshine amongst others. With lesser people in sight and cheaper accommodations, you can experience one of the most scenic views of the world. There is Bettmeralp in the Canton- Valais region, or the Mt. Pilatus in Lucerne, which are some of the must-visit places in the Swiss Alps during winter. Gondola rides are offered for you to reach the peak of the mountains. The crisp mountain air and the panoramic views are to die for. A few associations also offer you the opportunity to ski, and doing so in the Swiss Alps is a bucket list alter ego!
Queenstown, New Zealand
If you are an adventure junkie, Queenstown is a must-visit for you. Located in the southern hemisphere, winters are witnessed between June to September. Like Switzerland, it is pleasant and splendid all year round. Queenstown offers exciting sports such as paragliding, skydiving, bungee jumping, kayaking, skiing, sledding, offroading and all kinds of adventures that you can imagine. Speaking of New Zealand, we cannot miss out on the world-famous fantasy series, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Queenstown offers you the Lord of the Rings set tours, making it an experience you would look forward to.
Visiting Iceland in December might sound challenging but is enthralling at the same time. Iceland is pretty much dark throughout the peak winter season, except for 4 or 5 hours during the day, but then it is the best time to view the northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis). With recurring natural hot pools and hot springs, you can take a break from the chilly ambiance and take a dip in this warm, geothermal water. Frozen waterfalls, blue glaciers, and clear snow make the icescape ethereal. No wonder the most famous scenes from Interstellar and Game of Thrones were shot here. Another important advantage of traveling to Iceland in winter is that you would hardly see any tourists. You can book the hostel dorms for cheaper rates if you are backpacking, and you would basically be living alone.
Everyone prefers to visit Norway in the summer due to the harsh winter climate during the season, but ever imagined yourself immersed in the sparkling snow and sledding down the mountains during the peak months? Norway offers the finest quality of snow, which is light and fluffy, and it glitters! It is one place where you will witness the most beautiful winter. And, skiing and sledding are a common sight for normal commute in Norway during winter. No wonder they rock during the Winter Olympics!
Lesser known than Vienna in Austria, Salzburg offers a picturesque perspective and many activities to look forward to. It holds one of the most renowned Christmas market events, where hundreds of stalls are installed with varied creativity. A walk through these stalls can guarantee you a pleasant time. Apart from that, ice skating in the Mozart square will simply glide your ecstasy (pun intended). Another seizing activity in Salzburg is visiting the Salzburg Christmas Museum if you are so insistent on having the ultimate winter experience. This destination also offers you one of the best countryside to feel the crisp air and watch the snow envelope the trees.
This might be an experience which people crave and tops their travel bucket list. Saariselka in Northern Finland hosts Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, which consists of the glass igloos. You can book one glass igloo for four people, and admire the Northern Lights from within. Surrounded with ice and fir trees, this scene looks straight out of a fairytale; imagine topping it off with the view of the breathtaking Aurora lights.
Quebec City, Canada
What speaks of winter more than Canada? You would have definitely had a proud Canadian talk to you about their bone-chilling winter, almost throughout the year. Quebec City is one eye-catching destination which grips the world’s largest winter carnival. This is a sight which encapsulates live music shows, snow baths, sleigh races, and fireworks. It is as magical as it sounds. With dog sliding and sleigh rides, Quebec City will fetch you the ultimate winter experience.
Switching hemispheres and exploring that winter weather all year round needs some serious snow-bunnying. But with these beautiful destinations, one can only ask for more. From the North Pole to the South, every place shares the same apprehension yet stands out on its own. Each place has something different to offer, and there is something for everyone!