Winter Wonderlands – 20 Destinations that are better when it’s cold

Happy Tuesday!

I came across this article in the Telegraph, which I had to share as we are knee deep in winter.  

Have a look at the selection of destinations that are best to be seen in winter.

Riisitunturi National Park, Finland 

It’s trees resemble snowmen when the amount of moisture in the atmosphere is just right.  

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Be sure to check out the ice caves found in Jökulsárlón glacier in the southeastern corner of the country. This is the stuff of Disneyland fairy tales were created

Lake Bled, Slovenia

This fairy-tale place is perfect for a romantic getaway.  Lake Bled is 35 miles from Slovenia’s capital.  

Hallstatt, Austria 

An Instaworthy spot in the heart of the country.  Make sure you layer up as the bone chilling temps will take your breath away along with the picturesque view.

Prague, Czech Republic 

Prague is one of the most “feast for the eyes” city with its Gothic architecture and spectacular city views of the Charles Bridge.  

Lake Baikal, Russia

This is the world’s largest freshwater lake that freezes in winter.  This is a must see winter wonderland spot to visit for it’s pure majesty of nature.  

Reine, Norway

This is one of Europe’s most wintery places to visit.  The wintery landscapes can be seen til late March.  

Grand Teton National Park, US 

Grand Teton is located in the northwestern part of Wyoming. Wyoming is known for it’s majestic peaks and glacial lakes.  It’s a must see in winter.

Kirkjufell, Iceland

This is a photographer’s dream winter getaway.  It sits on a 463-metre peak on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.  

Jigokudani, Japan

The wild monkey park is the only place in the world where you can see these lovable snow monkeys.  

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

This sleeping beauty castle was the inspiration to build Disneyland.  The Romanesque Revival castle sits on a hilltop above the village of Hohenschwangau in Southern Germany.  This is on my bucket list of places to visit.  🙏🏼

Salzburg, Austria 

During December the village looks like the North Pole story book.  The Christkindlmarkt is one of the most beautiful villages to visit in Europe.  It runs til December 26th.

Svalbard 

If you want the ultimate Polar Bear sighting experience this is the place.  It is located 1,300 miles from Britain – and under six hours away by plane, via Oslo.  The extraordinary glaciers are a must see.  It is best to explore the area by ship if you are not ready to bear the arctic cold.  

Central Park, New York

There’s no place on earth better than New York City during the holidays. The electrifying show displays in the department store windows on 5th Avenue are fantastic display of creativity and celebration. The crisp air is a sure way to awaken your spirit. Plus, there are a plethora of things to do besides shopping.

Yellowstone Park, Wyoming

While the bears are sleeping the rest of the wildlife comes out to play. Take a walk through Yellowstone to see elk, bighorn sheep and more. You will know you are close to the streaming geysers and bubbling mud pools by its intense odor.

Harbin, China

The city figured out a clever way to deal with the bitter cold by converting it into an Ice Festival. The parks are filled with beautiful ice sculptures.

Icehotel, Sweden

This is not a place to stay if you are a tropical creature like me. The entire hotel is made up of ice. However, it does make for spectacular photo shoot.

Juvet Landscape Hotel, Norway

Nestled in the woods, this is not only a fairy tale romantic getaway, but a please to melt your stresses away.

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Sweden

This log and glass arctic resort sits 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle, which is a perfect perch to witness the Northern Lights.

The Scottish Highlands (and islands)

This is by far the most inexpensive place to visit in March. December – February you can risk getting snowed in. As night draws in expect to encounter fabulous sunsets that spill orange, red and purple hues across the sky. The skies above are inky black, encrusted with millions of glowing stars, which makes for a perfect romantic night.

Sending wanderlust winter vibes! 💋

Photo credits: Google images

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