Swap out a sandy beach for a winter getaway for your next vacation. Fall in love with natures icy mountains and delicate snowfall - a week in the cold breeze can be refreshing for your mind as well as your body, so here are a few breath-taking retreats for your bucket list.
Located north west of Tokyo, Nagano is an ideal scene for a skiing and snowboarding escapades. Enter a world of snow and ice and encompass yourself by the Japanese Alps. After a day on the slopes, the natural hot springs are a perfect way to unwind after a glacial adventure. Don’t forget to check out some of the beautiful, snow sprinkled Buddhist temples, like the Zenko-ji which was built in the seventh century and the third largest wooden temple in Japan.
Iceland is a magical winter paradise featuring the phenomenal Aurora Borealis. Take a drive just outside the outskirts of Reykjavik to get the best view of the lights or maybe even a boat tour instead. Another unforgettable experience is taking a dip in one of the many geothermal swimming pool that the city has to offer. Although each swimming pool has its own character, we recommend the Nauthólsvík, a small white sand geothermal beach.
Quebec City, Canada
The city offers spectacular towering historical buildings wrapped in twinkling lights or sprinkled in snowflakes. The winter wonderland is a great destination for vacationers looking to bundle up in the snow. If you’re seeking a frosty adventure, take up ice canoeing through the Saint Lawrence River or snow tubing down 70km hills. Adrenaline junkies this will be right up your street!
Yellowstone National Park USA
Visit USA’s Yellowstone National Park, home to moose, black bears, deer and bison for an extraordinary unique view of the park and its famous landmarks. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and Lamar Valley as well as Old Faithful are just to name a few. The park is littered with new life and nature in the springtime, but it really shines in the winter months when it glistens with snow.