There’s far more to a snowy holiday than skiing or snowboarding you know. Check out these brilliant ideas and then grab your passport.
Winter holidays to Scandinavia can mean driving huskies over barren snow plains, cruising to remote snow-capped villages, trekking into the night to experience the Aurora Borealis, speeding through magical landscapes on a snowmobile, spending the night in an igloo or ice hotel, and cuddling up in a traditional log cabin.
For holidaymakers still looking to ski on their winter holiday, there some exciting opportunities, even into springtime. Here are some mighty fine ideas we sourced from the The Mighty Fine Company’s expert travel advisors.
The Northern Lights
You can hunt the Aurora Borealis and enjoy optional winter activities on a ‘Northern Lights Tromso City Break’, a three-night taste of Norway. The ‘Short Break Aurora Borealis Hunt in Lofoten’ takes sightseers to a remote group of islands within the Arctic Circle, said to be among the most picturesque in the world. Holidaymakers will journey to a spectacular village on the ‘Inari Northern Lights Break’, where they have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights and can also learn about the intriguing Sámi culture.
A stay at the famous ‘ICEHOTEL®’ is part of the ‘Ice Hotel Lapland Adventure’. However, there are other ways to sleep in an icy abode: spend a night at the SnowHotel as part of the ‘Finland Activity Week including Snow Village’, which also includes exciting outdoor pursuits every day. Sleep in a snow room decorated with artworks carved from ice on the ‘Northern Lights and the Kirkenes Snow Hotel’ trip. The Arctic town of Alta has a unique Ice Igloo where guests can stay during the ‘Alta Ice Hotel Adventure’.
Traditional Log Cabins
Known as the gateway to Lapland, Iso-Syote lies in Finland’s southernmost fell region and boasts some of the country’s heaviest snowfall. Guests can keep toasty in a traditional log cabin on the ‘Winter Adventure Week’, a seven-night action-packed holiday. If you’re looking for an untouched winter wilderness, the ‘Pure Nature Winter Tour at Polarctis’ offers the chance to explore the natural beauty of Swedish Lapland and stay in a secluded log cabin.
Lapland Igloo Village boasts a myriad of snow accommodation, from an ice bar and ice gallery, to ice igloos and the world’s largest snow restaurant. One of the highlights of the ‘Lapland Igloo Village and Northern Lights Holidays’ is spending a night in a glass igloo, which offers a panoramic view of the night sky and is a captivating way to view the Northern Lights.
Cruising the Norwegian Coast to Hunt the Aurora Borealis
A popular route along the North Norwegian Coast is the ‘Nordlys Northern Lights Cruise-Tromso-Kirkenes-Tromso’ journey, which begins at the same latitude as Siberia and cruises through frozen waters surrounding the North Pole. A great alternative voyage is the ‘Nordlys Northern Lights Tromso to Bergen Cruise’, which passes through the magnificent Lofoten Islands, offering some of Norway’s most incredible views.
Adventure junkies will dash over mountain tracks and zip through glistening forests on an expedition across the frozen Arctic on the ‘Five Day Snowmobile Adventure’. The pinnacle of the trip is a drive to the peak of Finland’s largest mountain, Halti, which offers spectacular panoramic vistas.
The ultimate experience for dog lovers takes travellers on a guided overnight safari with an eager team of dogs on the ‘Experience the life of a Husky Musher’ holiday. After learning how to work with the dogs, guests will race up to 25km per day across snowy plains, frozen lakes and pristine forests.
A winter geo-tourism trip to Iceland brings the chance to learn more about the Northern Lights phenomena, as well as the country’s geysers, waterfalls, volcanoes, lava formations and hot springs. The ‘Hotel Ranga and Northern Lights Adventure’ includes a stay at the famous Hotel Ranga, where friendly staff will impart their knowledge and wake guests on a strong sighting of the Aurora Borealis.
A Culinary Adventure
A ‘Traditional Lapland Winter Holiday at Lake Heikki’ is a cosy winter culinary break with the opportunity to trek to the Russian Border. Guests will enjoy delicious home-cooked food at the Isokenkäisten Klubí guesthouse, cook lunch over the central open fire at a tepee-like ‘kota’, dine at a Finnish restaurant and be served a Russian feast with lashings of vodka.
Late Season Skiing
Most ski resorts in Finland are open until early May, so winter sports fanatics can take advantage of late season skiing on the ‘Winter Activity Break’. The slopes are comparatively empty, the days are getting longer and temperatures are rising. Visitors can join the Finns at their favourite time of year, for skiing and many more optional activities.
For more information about these holidays and travel ideas you can telephone The Mighty Fine Company 0845 072 0090 or go to http://www.mightyfinecompany.com.
- The Most Elaborate Ice Hotels Around The Globe (businessinsider.com)
- Northern Lights cruises: All aboard to catch the most colourful show on earth (dailymail.co.uk)
- Best places to see the northern lights (mnn.com)