Are you ready to add to your list of memorable vacation experiences? The winter vibes will inspire you as you pack your suitcase and start your winter celebrations. You can witness the beautiful Northern Lights in Russia, search for reindeer in Finland, or enjoy the warm weather during a safari in South Africa. The destinations on our list have something for everybody.
1 – Chase The Northern Lights In Russia
Nothing touches the heart more than seeing the Aurora in person. One of the best places in the world to see it is in Murmansk, Russia. It usually appears between 9 pm and Midnight. You can wrap up warmly and prepare to see the most magical sight. With 300,000 residents, Murmansk is the world’s largest city beyond the Arctic Circle. If you love crisp, cold nights, then this destination must be on your bucket list.
You can join the locals and enjoy some excellent skiing and snowboarding. There is also the option of renting dog sleds and snowmobiles. Or visit the icebreaker Lenin and the local Sami villages. The cold season lasts from November to March.
2 – Put Your Safari Hat On In South Africa
If Murmansk is too cold for you, then South Africa could be the perfect match for you. November to February is the summer season in the southern hemisphere when temperatures are pleasantly warm, 23ºC to 26ºC. With lots of accommodation options and reasonable prices, it is an excellent choice for your African adventure. Also, don’t forget about the stunning scenery and incredible Safari experiences.
You can tick off the African Big Five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino). The best places are next to the Kruger National Park, such as Sabi Sands and Timbavati. If you are traveling with children, go to the malaria-free safari options on the East Coast. Kwandwe, Madikwe, Shamwari and Tswalu are great choices.
3 – Ski Down The Slopes In Switzerland
Do you love skiing? Then Zermatt should be on top of your winter holiday list. At an altitude of 3,883m, it is the highest ski resort in Europe. It boasts black, blue, red, and yellow slopes (difficulty), covers 360km, and offers a spectacular Matterhorn Glacier Ride. There is also a multi-lingual ski school, perfect for beginners.
Titlis is also a great alternative and is perfect for skiers and snowboarders. The longest downhill run is 12km and is at an altitude of 2,000m. Most of the pistes at Titlis are snow-sure from December to April. You can also ski up on the glacier during this period. Cliff walking, tobogganing, and cross-country skiing are also available.
4 – Explore the Ancient Wonders of Egypt in Luxor & Aswan
There is nowhere in the world like Egypt for history lovers. The ancient city of Luxor was once the Egyptian capital & is considered an open-air museum. The Temple of Luxor is still breathtaking after thousands of years. Visit the Karnak temple complex and Luxor Museum, with incredible ancient relics, royal mummies, and well-preserved statues. Don’t forget to visit the temples at night when they are lit up and imagine you are there in the past. Luxor is dry during the winter months and has an average temperature of 20ºC to 25ºC from December to February.
Aswan, a town on the East Bank of the Nile, is a great base to visit ancient cities. You can explore the island temple of Philae, a site for the goddess Isis. Or visit the “unfinished obelisk” in a nearby quarry. Treat yourself to a high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. Then feel like royalty as you sail along the Nile in a beautiful sailboat. Between November to February, you can enjoy 9.5 to 10 hours of sunshine per day. The average temperature during the coldest month, January, is a pleasant 16.5ºC.
5 – Search For The Prettiest Reindeer In Finland
If you love nature, Finland is one of the best places in the world to visit. It is a true winter wonderland. The reindeer are so many that they match the number of humans that live there! The Finnish people love them and enjoy sharing these unique animals with visitors. When you are on a holiday there, you can do so many reindeer activities. The cold season lasts from November to March.
A reindeer ride is a lovely way to get close to them. You can have a reindeer ride for 10 minutes or up to a few hours. You can also combine your reindeer trips with a forest campfire adventure or a canoe trip. Plus, if you are traveling with children, you must visit Santa’s Village.
6 – Unwind On The Magical Beaches of the Maldives
Winter is the best time visit the Maldives. Travel between November and February to enjoy the warm weather. It is also the best time of the year for diving and snorkeling, as the visibility is incredible. Take advantage of the great weather and tie your holiday with your Christmas or New Year break. Don’t rule out February as another option. It is the driest month with an average maximum temperature of 30ºC and ten glorious hours of sunshine per day. February could be your new “getaway” month. Get your hammock ready, lay back, soak up the sun and relax!
7 – Rejuvenate in a Geothermal Spa in Iceland
December is a popular time to go to Iceland. Travelers like to tie it in with their Christmas break. But winter doesn’t have to feel cold when you have some natural heat. With its volcanic activity, Iceland is home to some of the best geothermal spas in the world. Geothermal spas are a cross between a natural spring and an artificial pool. This hybrid means you can enjoy the surroundings of nature. But also enjoy the added benefits of other luxurious facilities. Iceland’s largest geothermal spa is called The Blue Lagoon, which is known for its healing minerals. Visualize hot tubs, waterfalls, saunas, and steam rooms. Pure heaven for your Winter holiday!
This winter, you can book a unique vacation for yourself, your friends, and your loved ones. There is no need to stay at home when there are so many new destinations to explore. Winter might become your favorite time of year to go on holiday. Get in touch with your holiday consultant & let’s create your winter wonderland holiday.