3 cold weather tours to escape to in 2019
It’s that time of year where everyone seems to be posting winter wonderland snapshots of their vacations in Western Hemisphere, and for those of us who unfortunately, can’t away this time of year, we have to say, we’re more than a little jealous! The cold is admittedly, not fun for those who have to live through it, but wintery countries make for wonderful vacations. Think beautiful icy landscapes, mulled wine and hot chocolate curled up next to the fire side, there is a romance about winter vacations that those of us in Southeast Asia can’t get enough of! If you didn’t manage to get away this year, don’t sweat it, because we’ve got you covered for 2019.
The land of fire and ice, this nordic island nation boasts dramatic landscapes of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and even lava fields, making it a favourite unique destination for adventurers and photographers alike. With most of her population concentrated in the capital, Reykjavic, the rest of Iceland remains untouched and raw, and is home to some of the most beautiful landscape you’ll ever encounter. On this tour, you’ll have the chance to visit the Skaftafell National Park, its landscape dotted with active volcanos, glacier rivers and sandy plains, the famous Blue Lagoon and many picturesque little towns that will make for wonderful street photography. Oh and, if we’re lucky, we might just be able to witness the elusive northern lights doing their dance across the night skies too.
Home to the world’s deepest freshwater lake, Siberia is a place that is certainly not for the faint of heart! Located just up north of the Mongolian border, Lake Baikal completely freezes over in winter, and due to the building pressure and methane gasses, causes the thick, 1.5m ice to crack, resulting in some spectacular landscapes. On this tour, out your adventure caps on because you’ll be camping around this famed lake, and you’ll have the unique opportunity to visit the local tribes that live near it and try your hand at ice fishing. With some luck, the night skies will be perfectly clear, and you’ll be treated to fabulous views of the Milky Way.
Clearly the winter expedition to end all expeditions, it probably will not get much more winter-like than in the South Pole! Think huge sheets of ice, endless miles of pure, pristine whiteness surrounded by navy blue oceans dotted with icebergs – this starkly beautiful land was once only accessible by ships but thanks to recent developments, is significantly easier to get to and has been welcoming more and more visitors over the last few years. On this tour, you will have the chance to see wildlife endemic to this shivering part of the world, as well as cross the infamous Drake Passage on ship. We don’t need to tell you that this trip is definitely one for books – because how many people do you know can say they’ve been to Antarctica?