Most people are all about the sun when they’re choosing holiday destinations. That’s understandable when you’re living in Britain and summer only lasts about half an hour I suppose. We don’t get much sun but we don’t get much snow either. It’s just drizzle most of the time. I remember being a kid and listening to the radio in the mornings when it snowed, hoping that school would be closed so I could spend the day chucking snowballs at my friends. Even Christmas isn’t snowy these days and I probably miss the snow more than the sun. If you’re like me, try one of these holiday destinations to find the winter wonderland that you yearn for.
When you think of Turkey you probably aren’t thinking snow but in some areas in the eastern part of the country, it gets pretty cold. The Cappadocia region is littered with lots of picturesque rock formations that look amazing with a dusting of snow covering them. While you’re there it’s also worth checking out one of the many caves that are hidden in the rocks as well as the salt chimneys which are an impressive natural feature, formed over thousands of years.
Finland is a great all around cold weather destination but the main attraction is the Lapland winter experiences you can find there. For anybody that’s mad about Christmas, there’s no better holiday than seeing Santa on his home turf. You can also catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights or go dog sledding while you’re at it. It’s the perfect place for young families to go away together.
Though the name doesn’t suggest it, Greenland is covered in snow pretty much all year around. If you’re interested in seeing some great natural features with a chilly twist then this is the place for you. There are lots of huge glaciers and ice sheets that have to be seen to be believed, but be prepared to wrap up warm because temperatures can drop as low as -30 degrees Celsius.
There’s nothing better than a beautiful city in winter. There are cities all over the world that look great in the snow but none of them quite compare to the city of Bruges in Belgium. All of the old medieval buildings look as though they’ve been perfectly preserved and there’s something magical about exploring the maze of cobbled streets as the snow falls gently. The market square has an ice rink during the winter so you can recreate all of those winter cliches.
Lithuania is a great place to combine a love of history with a need for snowy weather. The country has a rich and varied history that you can find in all of its museums. If you fancy doing something a little different, Lithuania is a great place to go ice fishing. It’s not for the faint hearted because it’s cold enough to freeze the fish within a couple of seconds of catching them.
Sitting on the beach sipping cocktails is ok for some people but if you’re in the market for something a little colder then try one of these places.