As we move through February and far past the initial excitement of snow and winter, the short days have some of us feeling the winter blues. Whether you’re a winter enthusiast looking to spice things up, or a reluctant winter warrior, it’s about time for some midwinter cheer!
Here’s how to take advantage of the season and shake off the blues:
1. Hot Springs in Iceland
Iceland is a dynamic country that offers tourists volcanos, waterfalls, geysers, and hot springs. With so much natural and diverse beauty, Iceland is the perfect place to visit. Iceland is a geothermal hot spot with a lot of activity. Therefore, many hot springs can be found throughout the country. There are several hot springs scattered around the mountainous island. Some are free and natural, while others are regulated pools with an entrance fee and shower/changing rooms. The most iconic hot spring is the Blue Lagoon outside of Reykjavik. While gaining popularity among tourists, Iceland is still a relatively quiet, private, and cheap place to get to (though not always so on location) – perfect for the peaceful winter warrior.
2. Visit an Igloo Village
Iglu-Dorf is a snow village in Zermatt, Switzerland. The igloos are reconstructed every winter with fresh, glistening snow by talented artists. At 2,727 meters above sea level, the village is high up in the Alps, in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn. Enjoy homemade white wine or warm up with a Swiss cheese fondue at a table or bar carved from ice. The elaborate art incorporated into the igloos is absolutely stunning. Zermatt is also home to a ski resort if you want to hit the slopes before your Igloo Wine. Or, dip into a relaxing hot tub inside the resort, or outside in an igloo!
3. Look for the Northern Lights in Finland
There are many places and ways to chase the beautiful northern lights. However, none quite as unique as Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi, Finland. These outdoor suites are fully insulated with electricity and running water, and, best of all, a glass ceiling to star gaze and look for the northern lights. The hotel has an Aurora Alarm to gently alert sleeping guests to the presence of the lights. Just open your eyes, and look up! You can also check out the lights from the Snow Sauna – a traditional, outdoor sauna surrounded by snow walls and Arctic air. This unique experience could be perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation you’ll never forget.
4. Try Snowga!
Yoga in the snow (snowga) is becoming an increasingly popular trend amongst yogis and skiers. Lots of ski resorts around the world offer snowga now. For example, the Wellness and Snowga Retreat at Killington Mountain Lodge in Vermont has created a vacation around snowga! Try a class before you hit the slopes. Your body will appreciate a good stretch before boarding or skiing all day. Not into the alpine pursuits? Try snowga during snowshoe hikes. You snowshoe a gorgeous trail, stop for some snowga, then snowshoe back. For an extra challenge, there are classes that incorporate your snowshoes, board, or skis. So, next time you’re planning a ski trip, look for a resort that offers snowga!
5. Visit Lake Louise, Alberta
Bring your skates for a game of shinny or skate further out for some picturesque privacy on Lake Louise. Surrounded by the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise is one of the most gorgeous winter destinations right here at home. Chateau Lake Louise sits at the water’s edge and offers tourists a unique Ice Bar where you can buy drinks and maple taffy in an outdoor bar made completely of ice! And, you don’t need to be a guest to get a drink – you just need cash. In addition, the hotel has many ice sculptures and snow castles to explore and admire.
Written by Megan Cary
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