Sunday, September 17, 2017

Three Active Winter Sports Holidays To Try

Winter is a season that can often be depressing. One of the best ways to counter the winter blues is to keep yourself active. That could mean just ensuring you get to the gym regularly, but there’s another option you might want to consider: an active winter holiday.

Combining the feeling of getting away from it all that a holiday brings along with mood-boosting exercise could be just what you need to make winter a season to be enjoyed rather than endured. If you like the idea but are stuck for inspiration on which activities you should actually try, there here are a few options to consider..

 

A Skiing Holiday

If you want to stay away from the crowds, then it’s worth considering Andorra. The small, landlocked country is a haven for skiers, but without the usual crowds you might expect from Alpine regions. Andorra ski holidays cater to beginners and experienced skiers alike, so there’s always something to experiment with.

If you’d rather stay more conventional, then France has plenty of destinations to consider in the Alpine regions.

If you want to ski during the summer months, then you can always try the southern hemisphere. There are plenty of skiing locations in Africa, for example, including amazing indoor complexes in Egypt and Algeria.



An Arctic Trek

Admittedly, an Arctic trek isn’t so much a holiday as it is an experience, but it could definitely be good fodder for a bucket list. Join up with a trek that has the full Arctic experience, travelling with dogs and sleeping in tents while someone keeps an eye out for polar bears. While it’s tough and exhausting, it’s also an experience unlike any other.

One particular highlight -- quite literally -- is the chance to see the Northern Lights from the most advantageous position. If you don’t mind a lot of physical effort in reward for the most vibrant light show in the world, then this could be the choice for you.


Amazing Ice Skating Rinks Around The World

It is possible to go ice skating outdoors on natural frozen lakes -- the eastern European countries, such as Russia or Finland, lend themselves well to this. However, if you want to guarantee safe ice to enjoy, then you’re best off choosing from the likes of:

Vienna - The Vienna Ice Dream Rink in front of the City Hall (Rathaus in local language) features 23,000 square feet of ice. It’s particularly wonderful before Christmas, when it’s lit up with fairy lights.

London - Ice skating at Marble Arch is a popular tourist activity during winters in London. The rink is outdoors, in front of the famous monument, and easy to reach via underground trains given the landmark has its own station.

Dubai - Want to ice skate in the middle of the desert? Dubai has got everything, and the Dubai Ice Rink is a huge complex. Even when it’s 40C outside, you can be bundled up in a hat and gloves, skating to your heart’s content.

Which kind of winter sports holiday do you think you might be tempted to try?
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