European Winter Breaks – Summer is nearly coming to an end here in Europe, and as we start our preparations for the next winter season, we thought it would be fun to share 3 fun winter breaks you could take in Europe in December.
Winter getaways don’t all have to be about skiing or snowboarding – there’s lots more to do when the days get shorter and the temperatures plummet.
European Winter Breaks
Here are 3 suggestions if you’re looking for a winter holiday that’s a little out of the ordinary…
European Winter Breaks Dog Sledding In Sweden
Forget exploring winter landscapes under your own steam and harness the power of creatures that are infinitely more suited to this kind of activity than humans.
Of course, I’m talking about huskies.
You’ll need a bit of tuition to pick up the basics but then you’ll be mushing away, flying through breathtaking scenery.
Lapland is a magical place in the winter – not least of all due to its association with Santa Claus – and you’ll feel like you’re in your very own snowy wonderland as you glide across the snow past frozen lakes and fir tree forests dusted with a coat of white powder.
You don’t have to rely solely on husky power to get around here, though, as there’s also the option of hiring a snowmobile or even strapping on some cross-country skis if you’re feeling particularly energetic.
Highlights of a visit to Sweden in the winter will include the chance to spot herds of reindeer in the forest and the opportunity to take an ice-fishing lesson.
Now, be honest, you didn’t do any of those things on your last skiing holiday, did you?
Shopping At Christmas Markets In Salzburg During European Winter Break
One of my favourite things about the build up to Christmas is the shopping.
Even though battling crowds can be tiring, I love coming home with bags of goodies for all my friends and family.
To get even the biggest bah-humbug in the mood for Christmas shopping, head to Salzburg in Austria, which hosts several festive markets each winter.
The historic city is a delight to explore anyway, as it’s packed with architectural gems.
There’s the Hohensalzburg Fortress that looks out over the city from its hilltop position, as well as its beautiful Baroque cathedral, just for a start, not to mention a host of buildings associated with Mozart.
Back to the shopping, though, because that’s the main reason to visit Salzburg in December!
The most famous of the markets is the Christkindelmarkt in Cathedral Square, which has been held every year since the 15th century!
Browse the dozens of stalls with a gluhwein in hand to keep the cold out and if you get tired of searching for presents, you can enjoy a classic carol singing session.
Cruise The Fjords In Norway
When you think of cruises, sunshine, sandy beaches and destinations like the Caribbean or the Spanish islands probably come to mind.
So, turn your idea of a cruise holiday on its head by visiting Norway in the depths of winter!
It’s not as crazy as it sounds – the fjords are absolutely stunning at any time of the year, and even more so when there’s a fine dusting of snow along the high cliffs and mountains.
Travel to the Lofoten Islands in the Arctic Circle and you’ll be greeted by a rugged, but beautiful, landscape. The real highlight, however, is the opportunity to see the Northern Lights in all their glory.
Winter is the best time of year to spot them here, so wrap up warm and head out on deck after the sun sets to be in with a chance of seeing one of nature’s greatest spectacles.