In the words of everyone’s favorite TV show, ‘winter is coming’, which means that it’s time to book your winter getaway! It’s easy to pick the first sun spot that comes to mind and grab an all-inclusive package, but we think it’s time to head off the beaten path. Adventure to one of these winter escapes and embrace with cold weather and snowy terrain for a magical wonderland holiday!
Here are six incredible winter vacation destinations that will make you want to book a ticket immediately:
Winter Vacation Destination #1: Yellowknife, Canada
Toronto, Vancouver or Montreal are usually the top tourist spots but during winter, why not *really* experience the Great White North and trek to Yellowknife in the Northern Territories?
Why should you go: Yellowknife offers up stunning views of the northern lights, charming views of forests while you snowshoe and exhilarating dog-sledding experiences. You can even try your hand at ice fishing- a quintessential Northern Canada activity!
Winter Vacation Destination #2: Rovaniemi, Finland
Step back in time and immerse yourself in quaint Rovaniemi, Finland. Admire the rustic architecture in a picturesque, storybook setting. Pack your warmest and coziest winter coat, layer up and embark on a getaway during the holiday season.
Why you should go: As if the views weren’t good enough, legend has it that Rovaniemi is the hometown of Santa Claus himself! Travelers can enjoy a guided tour of this fairy tale inspired town, head out on a day tour to Sweden on a massive ice-breaker cruise or even witness the northern lights.
Winter Vacation Destination #3: Seoul, Korea
As snow blankets the streets of Seoul, the action doesn’t slow down! Seoul makes for an excellent winter vacation destination because you can easily venture out on a day trip to the countryside, use public transit to get to a ski resort or even just enjoy the winter sights within the city.
Why you should go: Leave Seoul and in just a few hours you can find yourself at Nami Island, strolling the tree-line footpaths. Or, in Petite France, a France-inspired village with quirky museums and vibrant architecture. Choose to shred the slopes at one of the very conveniently located ski resorts just outside of Seoul or opt to stay in the city and witness the brilliant lights decorating parks.
Check out the Day Tour from Seoul: Nami Island and Petite France or Vivaldi Park Skiing Experience in Seoul
Winter Vacation Destination #4: Okinawa, Japan
Okinawa isn’t exactly a typical winter vacation destination which is what makes it the perfect location for a holiday. Not only is the weather quite mild, but there are there awesome winter-specific activities and you won’t be fighting with other tourists for views at popular attractions.
Why you should go: Only in winter can you see the migrating humpback whales heading to Kerama Islands. During the winter, the water averages a comfortable 24°C so you’re able to snorkel and dive and discover a stunning underwater world.
Winter Vacation Destination #5: Munich, Germany
Spend Christmas in Munich, Germany this year. The old buildings, enchanting laneways filled with whimsical shops and cafes and illuminated markets will make for a magical winter holiday.
Why you should go: Munich is home to one of the best Christmas markets in Europe. Meander through the town square’s market and find your way to stalls selling delicious treats like the traditional glühwein (mulled wine). Eat your way through Munich’s Christmas market like a true German!
Winter Vacation Destination #6: Abisko, Sweden
Abisko, Sweden is one of the best locations for viewing the northern lights. Surrounded by a rustic landscape, camp out in a tent or chalet and take in the colorful light show at night.
Why you should go: Get back to basics and cook up BBQ in a rural cabin. Travelers can walk along Abisko’s river canyon or hop on a snowmobile to take in the sights. Head to Auror Sky and take a chairlift up to the mountaintop.
Whether you’re chasing after the northern lights or looking to catch a glimpse of exotic whales, these spots have you covered. For the ‘coolest’ holiday this winter season, ‘chill’ out at one of these 6 incredible winter vacation destinations.
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