Snowy Experiences

Think it’s fair to say that there are very few people who have managed to avoid the snow over the last few days? Unlike us, who cannot wait for the snow to disappear so we can get on with our daily routine, you may be a fan of the white stuff. With this in mind, we thought we would share with you our Top 5 snowy experiences that you may wish to encounter during your lifetime. Just take a look at this…

Igloo Village in Finland
This has to be one of those things that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime – mainly because it works out to be a bit on the pricey side so keep doing your numbers on The Lottery). Why not whisk your loved ones to Finland where you can watch the phenomenal Northern Lights illuminate the sky above as you stay in one of 20 snow or glass igloos. The temperature in the snow igloo will drop to below zero so you can experience real Arctic weather whilst being kept snug and warm in your insulated sleeping bag.  Whilst in Finland you can enjoy a snowmobile ride. An exhilarating husky safari through Lapland as well as a visit to the Santa Resort where you can see the great man himself and more!

The Ice Hotel in Sweden
If you loved spending the night in an igloo, how about going one step further and checking in to the ICEHOTEL located in the beautiful village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden. The pure clear water of the River Torne is what is used to construct the stunning ICEHOTEL. As winter approaches, the clear water and gentle flow of the river creates crystal clear ice measuring up to 1 metre thick. This is the unique building material used for the ICEHOTEL, ICEchurch and the Absolute ICEbar. A new feature for this stunning collection of buildings is the introduction of the Northern Lights Suites. These are rooms featuring a variety of sculptures and artwork made completely out of ice with the Northern Lights being magically recreated on the ICEceiling. The construction of the ICEHOTEL is featured many times on TV but here’s your chance to see it for yourself on a holiday to Sweden.

Winter Activities in Austria
If you’re a fan of the slopes, you won’t go wrong with a holiday to Austria as it has more ski resorts than you can count and when it comes to quality runs, this country is absolutely full of them. If you’re looking for the perfect snow, book your Austria break between the months of December to March and you won’t be disappointed. Winter sports are high on the agenda for Austria where you can do a bit of everything such as snowboarding, tobogganing, sleigh riding, curling and skating. Aside from these sports, experience the magic of Eisriesenwelt in Werfen where you’ll find ice caves featuring ice sculptures all year round. The caves are buried beneath the mountain wall, south of Salzburg.

Brave the winter chill in Antarctica
A trip to Antarctica could quite possibly feature as one of the ultimate of snow experiences especially if you’ve been watching ‘The Polar Bear Family and Me’ which was on TV recently. If you are a fan of history, here’s your chance to follow in the footsteps of famous explorers such as Captain R.F Scott by visiting some of the historic sites in Antarctica. Marvel at the stunning scenery or take to the skies on a helicopter ride where you can spot a wide variety of polar animals from penguins to albatrosses. You may also get to spot elephant seals, emperor penguins and minke whales from the best wildlife viewing spots in Antarctica. On expeditions, kayak close to the icebergs so you get a closer view of the blue-tinted ice, gaze up at the stars on one of many crystal clear arctic nights and after all this activity thaw yourself out with a dip in the thermal waters of Deception Island.

Winter Adventures in New England
Holidays to the Eastern Seaboard have lots to offer but for many, New England is famous for just one thing, its colourful Fall which attracts 1000s of visitors year on year. However, did you know that this colourful state of America is home to many winter adventures when the snow falls? Some of these activities are not for the faint-hearted such as snow-tubing where you hop aboard a giant circular air-filled tube and slide downhill at top speed on specially created slopes. You’ll be able to snow-tube to your heart’s content in places such as Sunday River or Sugarloaf in Maine or the King Pine Ski Area in New Hampshire. For another amazing winter adventure, head to the white mountains of New Hampshire where you will clamber aboard a ‘Pinzgauer’ and scale Barron Mountain for some awesome views. If you’re looking for something a little more tame, dog sledding and sleigh rides will suit so sit back and relax as you are taken through sparkling snowy landscapes to the sound of sleigh bells!

Rachel Jones writes for Door2Tour coach holidays . If someone gave me £5000 to spend on a holiday, she would: “Really get away from it all, on the other side of the world, by booking a holiday to Australia! You see so much about this country on TV that it would just be great to actually visit it for myself. I’d want to give myself a challenge and climb the Sydney Harbour, experience opera for the first time at the Sydney Opera House, head out to the outback and perhaps have a go at the didgeridoo!”