Winter has the power to turn a beautiful destination into somewhere truly extraordinary, bringing out the best in many places all over the planet. OROGOLD takes a look at some of the prettiest winter wonderland destinations around the world.
For those of you who would like to see the real-life landscapes that inspired Disney’s Frozen, Bergen in Norway is the place to go. Bergen is located on Norway’s southwestern coast, and is surrounded by the Seven Mountains. From here, it is easy to visit some of the most beautiful icefalls and fjords in the country. OROGOLD highly recommends Eidfjord, a 650 foot frozen waterfall, dripping with stalactites, that can only be viewed in the winter. Skiers will love Bergen’s cross-country slopes, most of which are floodlit in the evenings, ensuring that you can have a ski-filled day.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
The world-famous Yellowstone National Park may be a popular destination in the summer months, but in the winter, it transforms into 3500 square miles of pure winter wonderland. The snowy landscapes are truly unforgettable, and there are many different cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing trails for those who want to really get out there in the white wilderness. If you aren’t too keen on the cold, there are heated winter safari vans available to take you out to explore the park.
Quebec City, Canada
The charming Quebec City, in Canada’s French-speaking Quebec province, is a great place to embrace the winter, especially during the two weeks in February when the city holds their annual Winter Carnival. Here, activities include ice sculpting, ice canoe racing, dog-sledding and so much more, and there are also skating rinks and toboggan hills throughout the city. The city experiences over 400cm of snowfall each year, and ski lovers will enjoy the multiple resorts and ski slopes available during the winter. For those of you who want to sleep in an icy winter wonderland, OROGOLD recommends Hotel Du Glace, Quebec’s version of an ice hotel, which is only ten minutes away from downtown Quebec City.
Reykjavik may be blanketed in darkness for the majority of the day in the winter months, but its dramatic winter landscape is still worth seeing. Of course, a visit to the azure-colored Blue Lagoon is a must, which glows beautifully in the dark, inviting you in with its layers of steam. The water is comfortably warm, even when everything around you is covered in snow, and these special waters also contain silica mud, which will work wonders on your stressed winter skin. While in Reykjavik, OROGOLD also recommends a visit to the incredible Golden Falls, as well as to the Strokkur Geysir, which is always alive with explosive activity.
While the winter cold may have its downsides, these are easy to forget when you are in a gorgeous winter wonderland. From the steamy Blue Lagoon in Iceland to the snow-covered landscapes in the Yellowstone National Park, these winter wonderlands are definitely capable of banishing those winter blues!