Are you dreaming of a white winter? Have a frozen fairytale adventure by visiting these European destinations where snow is (almost) certain.
In the UK a sprinkling of the icy stuff is never guaranteed, so here are our suggestions to help you improve your chances of witnessing a white!
- St. Petersburg, Russia
This Russian city has loads of history to offer and visiting the former imperial capital during winter guarantees you an icy reception.
The rivers are frozen, shop windows illuminated by flickering candles and the decorative domes of orthodox churches framed by crisp a blue sky.
Contrary to its fame, there’s nothing stark or austere about the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg’s headline attraction. Spare a day or two to tour some of the 1,000 plus opulent rooms that form part of the sprawling Hermitage art and culture museum.
A gateway city to the Arctic Circle, Tromso in Norway is northerly enough to be sprinkled with snow in winter.
A coating of the snow certainly helps brighten gloomy days, when the sun doesn’t even peep above the horizon. No daylight means more opportunity to see the Northern Lights, the real draw for visitors.
Unless the aurora is strong, you’ll need to escape city streetlights. Join a hunt with small groups of people, chase the lights by heading in land to secret spots known for their clear skies.
- Val Thorens, France
Hitting Europe’s ski resorts early in the season can be a gamble, but at 2,300m, the continent’s highest village ski resort is a good bet.
The scenery alone gets pulses pumping, not to mention 373 miles of slopes that form the Three Valleys system with Courcheve, Meribel, and Les Menuires.
You can ski from your doorstep at the purpose-built resort, set in a valley surrounded by a horseshoe of dagger-edged peaks, but it’s also possible to soak up sights from above on an Aerial Paramotor Flight.
Sitting in the shadow of the Dolomites, high up in the South Tyrol, this mountain fringed town is a fairytale winter escape.
Nearby glaciers were responsible for the 5,300 year preservation of one of the region’s most important finds. Discovered accidentally by hikers in 1991, Ice Man Otzi is on display at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology.
Slap bang in Santa-land Finnish Lapland’s Kittila ski region double up as a workshop for the bearded gift bearer and his jovial elves. The vital ingredient here is snow and there’s lots of it.
Temperatures hover around minus in winter, and 24h darkness is interrupted only by displays of the Northern Lights.
Sleep in an ice hotel and eat at an ice-sculpted restaurant in the Snow Village, made from 20 million kilos of snow and 350,000 kilos of ice. Wrap up in a padded boiler suit for reindeer rides and skidoo safaris or husky-led adventures.
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