For all of us on the southern hemisphere it’s already WINTER! This obviously means cozy afternoon naps by a crackling fire, soft & snuggly clothes, hot soups and warm tea.
We’re so hyped about these winter vibes we thought it’d be a great idea to share our dream winter destinations. These range from secluded lodges in Finland to walking through Salzburg’s streets. Exciting right?
1. SCANDINAVIA: NORTHERN LIGHTS, THERMAL POOLS AND NATURE
Although the temperatures may be too low for some, the northern lights, only viewable during winter months, make it 100% worth it. The chances to see them are higher in Iceland, northern Norway, Finland and some specific sites in Sweden (like Abisko) from September to March.
| photos by Naian Wang; Jonatan Pie; Luke Stackpoole |
There are quite a few ways in which one can experience this life-changing, magical encounter. One we think is just fantastic, is staying in lodges in the middle of the remote Scandinavian nature.
For instance, the KAKSLAUTTANEN ARCTIC RESORT in Finland seems like the ideal choice!
If you’re visiting Iceland you may also experience lots of other raw natural wonders such as swimming in the geo-thermal pools or the Blue Lagoon, visiting the ice caves and glaciers, the hot spring Geysir or the Gullfoss waterfall. There are really so so many sites and activities. If you’re looking for a unique and mind-blowing encounter with nature, this is your best shot!
| photos by Red Charlie; Jeff Sheldon; Davide Cantelli |
In Norway make sure to visit the small town of Bergen. Specially during winter months, it looks like a town straight out of a fairytale!
|photo by Lucija Ros |
2. EUROPEAN CITIES: HALLSTATT | SALZBURG | PRAGUE | BAVARIA
Speaking of fairytales, visiting these small cities in Europe during winter will definitely feel like travelling through time. For a full-on cozy by-the-fire vibe this one’s your definite pick!
First up is the village of Hallstatt in Austria!
|all photos by Lia Garcia |
Dreamy right?! Another very cute and magical town is Salzburg, also in Austria!
|photos by Travel Away and Journey of Doing |
Next up is Prague in Czech Republic – the city of bridges!
|photos by Travel Away |
Lastly, Bavaria in Germany (this one’s truly a fairytale itself)
|photos via Pinterest |
These are just our small selection of towns, there are loads of other small mesmerising villages you can add to your trip!
3. PATAGONIA: SKI, TREKKING AND NATURAL WONDERS
Visiting Patagonia (Argentina) during summer is definitely stunning but the wonders of winter certainly add a special charm. From truly captivating landscapes and natural wonders, to skiing and hiking, this one’s really got it all!
There are lots of sites to visit within Patagonia, covering both Argentine and Chilean soil.
First up in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
|photo by Peter Winckler |
The contrast between the blue icy water and the raw mountains is really captivating! There’s a wide variety of activities you can do in the area such as: hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching and so on.
The Perito Moreno Glaciar in Argentina is also a must site. As one of the top natural wonders of the world, it’ll definitely be a mind blowing experience.
|photos by Juan Cruz Mountford; Margo Brodowicz |
Visiting Ushuaia – the city at the end of the world – is also a quite an experience. There are lots of hikes around the area, penguin watching and other life-changing activities.
|photos via CNN |
There are also quite a few wonderful skiing areas around Patagonia for those ski and snowboard lovers. To name a few: Cerro Catedral (Bariloche), Chapelco (San Martin de los Andes) and Cerro Castor (Tierra del Fuego)
4. USA SKIING SPOTS: BEAVER CREEK | VAIL
In the area of skiing, the USA has some truly top-notch options. If you’re in the mood for a ski vacation, look no further! Even if you’re not a big skiing fan, the cozy lodges, the hot cocoa and twinkling christmas lights makes it completely worth it.
There are lots of options in Utah, Colorado, Vermont and so on. One of our favourite is Beaver Creek in Colorado. At only a 20 minute drive from Vail, Beaver Creek offers a more secluded and less crowded skiing experience.
|photos by Beaver Creek Blog |
AWANAY WINTER EDIT
These jaw-dropping winter destinations got us really inspired. Thus we put together an AWANAY WINTER EDIT! This selection includes our favourite winter rugs – heavy, warm and comfy – and some of our most cosiest pillows and throws!
So, what’s YOUR dream winter destination?! Share your thoughts below ♡