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10 Most Incredible Frosty Winter Getaways In The World

December 10, 2014

Winter is fast approaching, and with it comes your growing lust to make a sunny getaway to a tropical paradise like Caramoan or Phu Quoc. Of course, the gray skies, chilly atmosphere and never-ending rain make winter quite a dragging trial.

But as a travel junkie, you don’t have to flee to a warm tropical destination to enjoy an unforgettable respite during this season.  As a matter of fact, embracing the polar vortex and unique travel experiences that this seasons offers could give you a trip of a lifetime.

Looking for the perfect winter wonderland or experience for your respite this year? The cities, trips and places mentioned in this list are not necessarily the world’s greatest travel experiences and tourist destinations.  But when the winter season kicks in, they could convince you and the other travel zealots that they are the top can’t-miss experiences and destinations.

 

1. Riga, Latvia

Wonderfully preserved with asymmetrical red roofs and winding paths, Riga’s old medieval town definitely looks more ravishing when wintertime sets in. Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this historic   town delights its winter visitors with a gripping Soviet-era treasury, cheap opera seats, and a fantastic collection of glamorous Art Nouveau buildings.

 

2. Washington D.C., USA

Washington, the capital city of the United States, flaunts a dazzling 30-foot Christmas tree that will leave in you awe during the holiday season. In addition, the Lincoln Memorial and White House would look especially gorgeous in the snow.

 

3. Sapporo, Japan

One of the nicest and newest cities in Japan, Sapporo is a blissful snowy refuge with hot springs, stunning Japanese architecture and world-class skiing resorts. Furthermore, it is home to the Sapporo Snow Festival, a convivial annual gala famous for its ice sculpturing competition. In this competition, artists, from all over the world, gather and compete to create the biggest and most elaborate artworks made from snow and ice.

 

4. Hop aboard Via Rail Canada’s “The Canadian”

Looking for a winter trip that gives you a chance to read your favorite timeless classics and feast your eyes on breathtaking icy scenery? Then, it is best that you cross Canada via “The Canadian”, a passenger train ride that starts from Toronto and ends on Vancouver. A fascinating 10-day escapade, this train trip is truly a sensory overload, with magnificent views of the snowy Rockies, frozen lakes and polar bears.

 

5. Salzburg, Austria

With a backdrop of traditional markets and Christmas carols, the city of Salzburg is by far a perfect place to take a winter break. Apart from its laid-back winter setting, the city has a load of charming sights, such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Schloss Hellbrunn, Getreidasse, and a whole lot more.

 

6. Tromso, Norway

There are a lot of reasons why Tromso, billed as the capital city of the Arctic, makes a great winter destination. Not only it is often tagged as the most beautiful city in Norway, but it is also a terrific base for catching sight of a famous natural phenomenon known as aurora borealis (northern lights). What’s more, it is home to a myriad of museums, such as the Tromso Museum and Polar Museum, which a gripping treasury that provides a deep historical insight into the epic expeditions of the Arctic.

 

7. Prague, Czech Republic

With its cobblestone streets, snow-capped spires and romantic shade of street gas-lit lamps, it is easy to see why Prague is nicknamed a fairy tale city. As expected, this city becomes more beautiful and magical during the winter season.

 

8. Bergen, Norway

After Disney’s blockbuster animated film “Frozen” became a global sensation, throngs of travelers were inevitably beckoned to the ice-covered and eye-catching landscapes that inspired the film’s animators. Known as the ultimate gateway to West Norway’s fjords, the city of Bergen is indeed a present -day version of the fictional place “Arendelle”.

Not a big fan of Frozen? Don’t worry, as the city is filled with otherworldly natural wonders, as well as offers amazing hiking opportunities. Moreover, the city is famed for its underground music scene and cultural life.

 

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

Adorable public gardens, an awe-inspiring castle and cobbled streets make the city of Edinburgh a blissful year-round destination. But, the city picks up a notch during wintertime, making it even more breathtaking during this season.  In winter, the Prices Street Gardens are magically transformed into a festive wonderland, complete with a Ferris wheel, giant Christmas tree, and an ice skating rink.

 

10. Reykjavik, Iceland

No list of the best winter escapades is complete without the inclusion of Iceland’s capital. Although it is one of the coldest spots in Europe, Reykjavik has a ton of hot springs that would help you keep warm during the season. Plus, it has plenty of coffee houses that served delectable hot drinks and rugbrauo, a dark locally-made sweet kind of bread.

For those who are fond of adventure, you can skate as well try a variety of winter sports at the Tjornin pond. To top it all off, the city celebrates the Winter Lights Festival, a colorful fiesta held every February.

Even if the wintry atmosphere lures you to stay at home and huddle around a cozy fireplace, it is best that you spend your winter break experiencing any of these lovely breezy trips and destinations. But, before you start packing your stuff for your upcoming winter getaway, make sure to plan your trip with Trekeffect!

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Ashley Thompson
A fun size lass born in rock and roll who dreams to become a rock star, or a world traveler, or both.