Winter holidays are in high demand with many taking off to the slopes to dust off the cobwebs after Christmas. But not everyone wants to take to the slopes as a way of hitting the reset button. Here, ITB newsroom lists five alternative ways to escape to the snow without skis and poles.

Husky safari in Finland

Wildlife lovers can experience a different type of safari, gliding across the Arctic landscape in a sled pulled by huskies. Some experiences in Western Lapland offer tourists the chance to learn to drive their own pack where there is also a great chance of spotting the Aurora Borealis at night.

Winter holiday in Finnish Lapland

Those looking to sample a broad selection of winter activities can find the best on offer in Finnish Lapland. Travellers can try their hand at snowshoe hiking, husky sledding, cross country skiing, snowmobile safaris, net fishing, and visiting a reindeer farm with a chance of seeing the northern lights.

Utah is another popular winter holiday destination for snowshoeing
Utah is another popular destination for snowshoeing | Credit: Taylor Brandon

Winter walking in Sierra Nevada

Spain’s snowy mountains offer an alternative kind of winter holiday with its scenic coastal woodland, orchards, meadows and snowy peaks. Visitors can enjoy beautiful walks and snowshoeing routes with the option of adding on a few days by the beach before returning home.

Snowshoeing in Transylvania

Another off the beaten track destination for a winter holiday is Transylvania, an unspoiled corner of Romania with its own beautiful mountain trails and wildlife. While exploring the snowy National Park of Piatra Craiului you can even go bear watching in the snow. 

Northern Lights Glamping

Glamping in a glass roofed cabin has become a popular winter holiday in Finland for those hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights. The destination is the perfect spot for evening hunts for the Aurora which is more likely here, north of the Arctic Circle.

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