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When the winter blanket of pristine, white snow settles across northern Europe it’s time to think about a winter activity holiday with a difference. For a more varied and altogether more natural alternative to conventional downhill skiing holidays, you could try a winter activity holiday with a whole range of winter activities: snow-shoeing, dog-sledding, ice-fishing, cross-country skiing, ice-climbing, snowmobiling, even igloo-building!
These activities and more are available in the snow-laden wilds of Lapland, where a cosy log cabin and traditional sauna are the perfect places to unwind after a day out in the snow. If you’re lucky you may even spot the Northern Lights too.Read more
Alternatively, for an even more surreal and spectacular experience, how about visiting and staying in the unique Ice Hotel in Romania’s Transylvanian Alps? The only way to reach the hotel, which is re-built every winter from ice, is by cable car.
When you arrive you can explore the surrounding mountain landscapes on foot with snow-shoes, or try your hand at all kinds of activities from snowmobiling to ice skating or even ice-sculpting. Later you can pay your respects in the ice-chapel, have a cocktail (in an ice glass) at the ice bar, then sleep on an ice bed in your individually, hand-sculpted ice room!