We love a winter getaway. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending the festive season at home, but come January I’m ready to jet off somewhere else. It’s not so much the sunshine I seek, but more a little adventure after spending so much time cooped up indoors!
We often visit the UAE in the winter since my sister lives out there, and last January we visited Cape Verde for a little winter sun. But recently I’ve been thinking about places a little closer to home, where we can embrace the cold weather, wrap up warm and explore the culture on offer. Here are some of the holidays on my winter holiday bucket list…
Iceland self-drive and Blue Lagoon
I‘m a sucker for great scenery and I really love the idea of exploring the wilderness of Iceland, perhaps through a self-drive. With glaciers, volcanos and waterfalls abound, this sounds like a nature-lover’s dream!
I can’t think of anything better than spending long days exploring, coupled with a visit to the Blue Lagoon or one of the other hot springs to unwind. The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik is only three hours from London by plane.
Norwegian Fjord cruise
I’ve always wanted to visit Norway and I’ve heard from a few people that a cruise is the best way to see the scenery and appreciate the beauty of the Norwegian Fjords. From the charming, colourful houses of remote coastal towns to the steep mountain lined fjords with snowy peaks and dense pine forests; there’s a lot to see and the best way to appreciate this beauty is from the waterways which wind their way through the land.
I’ve never been on a cruise, but with our love of sailing I know we’d absolutely love this as a holiday and I’ve heard that cruise ships are a great option for families. You can find some great last minute cruise deals online.
Ice hotel and Northern Lights in Sweden
Seeing the Northern Lights has been on my bucket list for years. In fact, it’s something I thought I would’ve done before now! You can see the Northern Lights at various sites, but Abisko National Park has been rated by Lonely Planet as the best place in the world for experiencing them.
I’m also curious about the Icehotel in Sweden and quite fancy a night tucked up in a thermal sleeping bag on a thick mattress. Although I think we might have to leave the kids at home!
Visit Santa in Lapland, Finland
The best thing about having kids is getting to be a big kid all over again, and I can’t think of a more magical experience than visiting Santa in Lapland. Plus I’m getting a little tired of visiting the Father Christmas with the fake beard – Has nobody seen Miracle on 34th Street?? I love the idea of meeting the ‘real Santa’ and enjoying the thrill of a dog sled ride with the kids.
Have you ever visited any of these places? I’d love to hear your reviews!
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