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    Winter Highlights in Northern Europe

    No matter how difficult it seems and you’d prefer to spend the next few months hibernating in a warm bed with a cup of hot chocolate trying to escape Jack Frost, there is no time to waste! We’ll show you how to embrace the icy days, where they are the most extreme!

    There are places in Europe which are definitely not favored by the sun's heat, warm days or temperatures reaching new heights, not even during the summer months. Imagine what they’d be like in winter! Yes, we admit – they are super cold, but that is one of the very things that sets them apart and makes them so unique and attractive. Our winter wish list features three cool (no pun intended) destinations in Northern Europe worth your time.

    Spa in Iceland

    Iceland: Geothermal outdoors spa

    Contrary to popular belief that Iceland offers all but pleasant weather in winter, we’re choosing it as the “road less traveled” and a winter destination still off the beaten track. Thanks to this wide-spread belief and less demand than in summer, you could profit from affordable vacation packages including airplane tickets.

    There are many reasons to visit Iceland in winter and our top reasons include the Aurora Borealis spotting and geothermal spas! Did you know that you can see Northern Lights from September to April in Iceland? Unlike other countries, thanks to its position and very little light pollution, you are most likely to see the splendid lights in Iceland. Be sure to choose a night without cloud cover, preferably with little moonlight, and a spot far from a city. One such popular place for the Northern Lights chasers near Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park, which is only a short drive away.

    Nothing beats cold temperatures like a hot bath! With many luxurious spa resorts in Iceland, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Why wouldn’t you take it up to a whole new level and soak in an outdoor spa for free? Yes, that’s possible! The hot geothermal pools of volcanic origin are a must on your Icelandic winter adventure. While those in Reykjadalur are no longer a secret, there are other natural hot springs, some in the middle of nowhere, which most probably won’t be overcrowded. Drive to Hveravellir or Landbrotalaug for a more intimate experience as it can only take in two or three people.

    Finnish Igloo Village

    Finland: Kakslauttanen Igloo Village

    Finland’s favorite, Kakslauttanen resort is an excellent getaway choice for those who don’t mind giving in to their urge to splurge on their vacation. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, although on the pricey side, will give you that much needed rest from the stressful urban world and modern rat race.

    Paying a bit more will give you restful solitude for several days, a heated glass igloo to sleep in and stargaze from. What more could you wish for during your getaway? Remember, this is the ultimate place for a honeymoon, booked much in advance. Grab your own piece of untouched nature in Kakslauttanen.

    Husky Sled Ride

    Estonia: Husky sled ride

    One of the least explored Baltic countries, excluding the capital city Tallinn, is actually a pretty cool winter destination with so much to offer. Tallinn is slowly becoming less of a secret, making it a hip destination for young travelers. Leave some time to visit Tallinn and experience its unique flair, a color-bursting panorama and the UNESCO-protected heart of the city.

    Our final destination on this winter trip, however, is not the city but countryside. Dress warm and get ready for a trip to Rapla County to take part in one of the most popular winter activities in Estonia...husky sledding! You are in for an exciting day with these canines. The tours usually consist of a sled ride, a visit to a husky farm, and a frozen waterfall. Needless to say, it includes more than one once in a lifetime experience!

    Let us know if you have visited any of these places! We’re always looking forward to your comments, tips and suggestions. What is your must-visit place this winter?

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