You don’t have to be proficient on two shiny blades to indulge in beautiful snowscapes. Winter holidays can offer so much more than skiing.
Ice capped mountains, huge glaciers emerging from a crystalline sea, unique weather patterns and amazing wintery light, play host to extraordinary spectacles such as the Northern Lights and wildlife wonders that can be found in Svalbard, Arctic Canada and, for the more ambitious, Antarctica.
The Svalbard archipelago is between Norway and the North Pole and offers a stunning and accessible location to indulge in polar bear spotting among the frozen Arctic landscape. The frosty wilderness sparkles under a vast sky and high sun and during the summer months melts enough to allow passage among the fjords when you can also find reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses and lots of birds.
For a more active trip you can have fun with snow mobiles, dog sledding, ice caving, glacier hiking and mountain trekking for many months of the year.
When to go:
Polar bears: May – September