If you’ve never taken a winter vacation before, then 2016 is the year to do it. The best thing about a winter vacation is that you can enjoy the adverse weather instead of being stuck indoors because of it. There are dozens of great activities you can enjoy that make the most of the snow and ice. And some of them can even improve your health!
Northern Europe is one of the best places in the world to enjoy a great winter vacation. According to Artisan Travel, you can even enjoy a handcrafted stay package to make the most of the activities you are interested in. There are several countries that offer the kinds of terrain to really experience the best of the snow and ice. It all depends on what you want to do.
This part of Europe also offers some of the most incredible National Parks. There are six in Finland alone. They offer the freshest and crispest air you can find. Low populations of people and high populations of reindeer make for a very interesting vacation hot spot. And if you love the heat, do what all Finns do best. Take a Sauna. Just be prepared to jump into the nearest freezing lake right after though!
Northern Europe is also home to the best views of the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is visible in all its shimmering glory for about 200 nights of the year here. To get the very best view, don a pair of snowshoes, and hike through the wilderness at night. It’s a fantastic adventure activity, and could even give you a chance to hear the local wolves howling to each other.
There is plenty of wildlife to see in Northern Europe during the winter too. From the huge population of reindeer to the tiny population of endangered seals, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a wildlife tour, or just enjoy meandering through the huge forests by yourself. You can pick wild mushrooms and berries to eat as you go, and make the most of the stunning scenery.
For a truly stunning backdrop, a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords is a must. There are many other ways to see this spectacle, but the cruise offers the best views from the sea. You can try some hiking and mountaineering if you want some physical challenges. Cycling and lake swimming are very popular during the warmer months as well, but there are options for both even in the winter.
Perhaps the most exciting activity to take on in this part of Europe is riding a snowmobile across the wilderness. It can get you from place to place quickly and easily. It’s a great way to get into the heart of the countryside to see the most beautiful views. For a slightly quieter approach, try Husky sledding or even a spot of racing if the mood takes you.
For something different in 2016, a winter adventure vacation is a must. It offers something different from skiing and snowboarding even if you do like to take a winter vacation each year. Make the most of your year with a vacation to Northern Europe.