Food Travel > Pocket Guide > 5 Christmas winter destinations: Scandinavia Date posted: December 16, 2012

5 Christmas winter destinations: Scandinavia

Discover with Swide all the best spots in Scandinavia to enjoy perfect Christmas skiing holidays and enjoy the beautiful snowy landscapes. From Iceland to Norway, this time we take you to Scandinavia….

Scandinavia belongs to Northern Europe and it’s a peninsula that includes Norway, Sweden and the North-western part of Finland. The term Scandinavia though, is often also used to define the North, including other countries: Denmark, Island, Greenland.

Here are the top places to visit to make your winter holidays more Christmas-like than ever!

Ice Hotels

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Visit the Ice Hotel in Norway, kept at a constant temperature of around -4 to -7 degrees centigrade. With 30 bedrooms and two suites you will be cosy during the night with a sleeping bag that can keep people warm up to extreme temperatures of -30 degrees centigrade, and sleep on bed made from a genuine reindeer hide. Or pick the Ice Hotel in Sweden, where everything in the spectacular rooms is made out of ice and snow, including the beds. You want the ultimate experience? Stay at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finland, with 40 first-class log cabins. “Glass igloo“, instead, provides a one of a kind opportunity to admire the northern lights and millions of stars in the crystal clear sky in a comfortable room temperature. Built from a special thermal glass the temperature inside the igloo always stays a normal level. It also prevents the glass from not getting white frosted, hence keeping the view clear even when the temperature outside drops to under -30°C. Every igloo is equipped with an ensuite bathroom and luxury beds.

 Blue Lagoon Iceland

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The Blue Lagoon is a unique place surrounded by lava fields that created in the past the perfect conditions for a natural Spa with geothermal seawater. Take advantage of the relaxing massage offered by the Spa, using a massage oil that contains Blue Lagoon active ingredients and essential oils. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility to help find cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.

 Northern Lights (aurora borealis)

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 It is not a determined location, but if you go to Scandinavia you must try to see it and you have to know what it is. The Northern Lights (also called Aurora Borealis)  stem from when large numbers of electrons stream in towards the Earth along its magnetic field and collide with air particles. The charged particles originate from the sun, and the weather conditions on the sun makes it possible – or not – for us to see the aurora. Best time to see the aurora is during dark winter nights, in a period that runs from September though April, 11 pm – 2 am. The further south in Scandinavia you go, the shorter the Aurora Borealis season will be. In Tromso (Tromsø), Norway, and in the North Cape (Nordkapp),  you can see the Northern Lights every other clear night, if not even more frequently. The same goes for locations further north.

Dog Sledding in Norway

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Get close to nature on a dog sledding trip this winter, and travel at high speed across the Norwegian wilderness, pulled by a pack of eager huskies. This is a unique lifetime experience that lasts usually a week, with different levels, for beginners, intermediate and experts. While traveling throughout the Country, you can get a day off so tour guests can play in the snow (go skiing, snowmobiling, etc.) and the dogs can relax. Huskies, the breed commonly used for dog sledding, are strong dogs. On a typical dog sledding trip they will pull you at high speed across the Norwegian wilderness and you will get a taste of what life was like in the old days, when dog sledding was a much more common mode of transportation for many. Visit the website for more info.

Ski Resorts Sweden

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A winter Christmas holiday is not such without the skiing experience. The best place to do it is definitely Sweden, where you can find many outstanding Ski Resorts. Just to mention few, Åre is a very popular ski resort in central Sweden, and Northern Europe´s largest alpine sport resort for all skill levels. The most popular amongst locals is Sälen, in South-central Sweden, that offers a total of six ski resorts in one (with 300 km cross-country skiing). Fancy something smaller? Vemdalen is one of the smallest ski resorts, in central Sweden, surrounded by nature. Snowboarders should definitely go for Tärnaby and Hemavan ski resort, in North-Western Sweden, the most adventurous one that offers the best aprês-ski parties in Sweden.



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