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Winter Highlights in Northern Europe

No matter how difficult it seems and you’d prefer to spend the next few months hibernating in a warm bed with a cup of hot chocolate lamenting over winter, there is no time to waste! We’ll show you how to embrace the icy days ahead, exactly there, where they are the most extreme!

There are places in Europe which are definitely not favoured by the summer sun, warm days or temperatures soaring up, not even during the summer months. Imagine what they’d be like in winter then! Yes, we admit – they are super cold but that is one of the very things that sets them apart and makes so unique and attractive. Our winter 2018 wishlist features three cool (no pun intended) destinations in Northern Europe worth your time.

Iceland Geothermal Pool Iceland: Geothermal outdoors spa

Contrary to popular belief that Iceland offers all but pleasant weather in winter, we’re choosing it as the “road less travelled” and a winter destination still off the beaten track. Thanks to this wide-spread belief and less demand than in summer, you could profit from affordable holiday packages including airplane tickets.

There are many reasons to visit Iceland in winter and our number ones are Aurora Borealis spotting and geothermal spas! Did you know that you can see Northern Lights from September to April in Iceland? Unlike other countries, thanks to its position and very little light pollution, you are most likely to see the splendid lights in Iceland. Be sure to choose a night without cloud cover, preferably with little moonlight, and a spot far from a city. One such popular place for the Northern Lights chasers near Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park, only a short drive away.

Nothing beats cold temperatures like a hot bath! With many luxurious spa resorts in Iceland, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Why wouldn’t you take it up to a whole new level and soak in an outdoors spa for free? Yes, that’s possible! The hot geothermal pools of volcanic origin are a must on your Icelandic winter adventure. While those in Reykjadalur are no longer a secret, there are other natural hot springs, some in the middle of nowhere, which most probably won’t be overcrowded. Drive to Hveravellir or Landbrotalaug for a more intimate experience as it can only take in two or three people.


Finland Igloo Village

Finland: Kakslauttanen Igloo Village

Finland’s favourite, Kakslauttanen resort is an excellent getaway choice for those who don’t mind giving in to their urge to splurge on holiday. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, although on the pricy side, will give you that much needed rest from the stressful urban world and modern society rat race.

Paying a bit more will give you restful solitude for several days, a heated glass igloo to sleep in and stargaze from – could you wish for more on your winter holiday? Remember, this is the ultimate place for a honeymoon, booked much in advance. Plan on time and grab your own piece of untouched nature in Kakslauttanen.


Husky Sled Ride

Estonia: Husky sled ride

One of the least explored Baltic countries, excluding the capital city Tallinn, is actually a pretty cool winter destination with so much to offer. Tallinn is slowly becoming a secret uncovered and a hip destination for young Europeans. Leave some time to visit Tallinn and experience its unique flair, a colour -bursting panorama and the UNESCO-protected heart of the city.

Our final destination on this winter trip, however, is not the city but countryside. Dress warm and get ready for a trip to Rapla County to take part in one of the most popular winter activities in Estonia – husky sledding! You are in for an exciting day with huskies. The tours usually consist of a sled ride, a visit to a husky farm, and a frozen waterfall. Needless to say, it includes a lot of cuddles too!

Let us know if you have visited any of these places! We’re always looking forward to your comments, tips and suggestions. What is your must-visit place this winter?

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One Response to Winter Highlights in Northern Europe

  1. Biplab Poddar says:

    Wow. Thanks for sharing this.North Europe is heaven man for a traveller. I really want to pack my bag and visit the Iceland and Finland right now.but I need to wait for next year. I am travel freak. love to travel.For me, Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
    People often have a theme that they base their worldly travels on, but how about a mental mantra for your travel? Out of a cheerleading event that consisted of our family shouting supportive words at our daughter who was attempting to kill a rather monstrous spider that the rest of us were too chicken to get close to, came this great quote, “If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!”

    This quote came back to haunt me when on vacation in Seattle. I thought it would be a great idea to take the kids on the Seattle Great Wheel, the ferris wheel overlooking the ocean, but as we approached it, I realized how high it went and immediately panicked! Just as I had decided to put the kids on it on their own, my daughter says, “Come on dad…If you don’t think, and you just do….then it’s done!” What could I do at that point?! She was telling me to stop thinking and creating more fear about the situation and just get on the thing!
    “If you don’t think, and you just do, then it’s done!” We all now keep this quote in our back pocket, ready to whip out at any time to push one of us forward into an adventure we know they won’t regret. No hesitations, don’t allow any time for fear to set in, and be prepared for your kids to turn your life advice back on you!

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