Travelling to colder temperatures during wintertime can be hard, but if you bear with the cold a little, it can turn out to be one of the grandest adventures, one that you would remember till eternity. The surrealism of snow and the dazzle of the Aurora Borealis bring forward the most seraphic displays of Mother Nature. Some experiences in the world are made more extraordinary only at the touch of winter.
Here are a few things you can do to make the winter days more magical –
Ice Skate at Christmas in New York
New York in wintertime is the most magical city in the world. They say, once you see the city, you begin a lifelong love affair with it. So, this Christmas, plan a trip to the most enchanting place in the world. Apart from exploring its many marvels, stay a while for a quintessential New York Christmas experience at the Rockefeller Centre. Situated only a few steps from the iconic Times Square, Rockefeller Centre houses a dazzlingly decked up (mostly also the largest in the city) Christmas Tree and an ice rink. Strap on your skates and go a few rounds or just stand in awe watching the crowd and bask in the beauty of the scene.
Be ‘Wowed’ by the Northern Lights in Norway
Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis. Surrounded by snow-sodden mountains and fabulous fjords, these lights glow with an even lovelier halo in Tromso, Svalbard, and Oslo. These dancing lights are, undeniably, one of those spectacles which are surreal as well as breathtaking.
Soak in the hot waters of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
The Blue Lagoon is more than just a visual treat; it is not just otherworldly in appearance, but therapeutic in its spa-like experience. There’s nothing quite like a sublime soak in hot, mineral-rich 100-degree water when it’s freezingly cold. It is the ultimate experience in relaxation and rejuvenation.
Visit Santa’s Home in Finland
We’ve all grown up believing in Santa Claus and we know he resides in Finland. So, if you or your kids love Santa, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in Rovaniemi (Finland), which happens to be his official hometown! Visit Santa’s main post office, where every single letter – whether posted to Lapland or simply Santa Claus – is delivered. There are Santa’s elves everywhere busy wrapping gifts and replying to letters from kids all over the world. Santa comes to visit your home once a year, but everyone’s welcome to his home any time of the year.
Embark on an Arctic Cruise Expedition
The Arctic is an adventure! Make your way to one of the world’s most remote and fascinating regions on a polar cruise. As you sail past icebergs, you can spot a few polar bears, penguins, seabirds and maybe, a few whales. Off the ship, activities might include anything from kayaking and zodiac cruising to camping and snowshoeing.
Warm up in Budapest’s famous Thermal Spas
With 125 thermal springs, Budapest is the only world capital with healing water flowing beneath its grounds. Soaking in the mineral goodness of these hot springs also has medicinal benefits for many diseases. Each pool varies in size and temperature, so visitors can choose to brave a ‘brisk’ experience in an outdoor pool – or just chill in the indoor pools. The most common baths in the city are the Széchenyi Baths, St. Gellért Thermal Baths, St. Lukács Thermal Baths and the Rudas Thermal Baths.
These experiences would ward away the winter’s chill with their warmth and sheer wonderfulness.