While some would rather hibernate all winter long, others are ready to embrace the cold. When travelling in the wintertime, you avoid the summer throngs of tourists and get to witness the awe-inspiring sights and spectacles of winter firsthand.
If you’re one of those people who love to travel in winter, check out these amazing adventures – these are the best places in the world to explore when the temperature drops.
This is the perfect town to go skiing in the winter. Situated next to the famous ski resort in Big Mountain, Whitefish takes you away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are stunning panoramic views from the mountaintops, and views of the mountains reflected in the lake below. But the real selling point is the winter festival, which focuses on skijoring. In this sport, a jockey and his horse pull a skier along the horseshoe-shaped course as the skier makes his way through the gates.
The Gullfoss waterfall is located in the southwestern part of Iceland. It’s situated in the canyon of Hvítá river and is fed by Langjökull, the second largest glacier in the country. This waterfall is beyond breathtaking in the winter, as it turns into a beautiful blue and turquoise, gathering the icy rocks and snow. The waterfall flows down 100 feet and is met by 200 feet of the canyon wall. This is not everyone’s dream spot, since there’s not much else to do other than look at the waterfall, but for the nature lover, it’s a must.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Slovenia looks like something out of a fairy-tale, especially in the wintertime. Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps in the north-western part of the country. Lake Bled surrounds Bled Island, which has a community of homes and a church that hosts weddings each year. The lake turns into a beautiful icy blue rink, which reflects the snow-capped mountains in the distance. You can ski or take a winter stroll at the nearby Vintgar gorge, which has its own natural beauties.
Lake Baikal, Russia
Some people are against going to Russia in the winter. Some risk it just to check out the views of Lake Baikal, also known as the Sacred Sea. This freshwater lake turns into a 12,200-square mile ice skating rink in the wintertime. Dog sledding, figure skating, and snowmobiling tours are popular on this lake, as well as ice diving and water rafting in areas that aren’t frozen.
Midway is like its own winter wonderland. This winter location is located west of Heber City. It’s a dazzling sight to behold in the wintertime. This quaint little town has ice castles, horse-drawn carriages, and skiing, and you can even go scuba diving in the 90-degree waters. You need to check out the ice castles that are curated by artists from around the world. You can even inside these massive structures and feel frozen in the 20 million pounds of ice.
Whichever destination you choose this winter, don’t forget to pack for the cold. Packing inadequately is the cardinal mistake you can make on a winter trip. The scenery, not the cold, should be the only thing that takes your breath away!