Depending on where you live, winter can be a real downer when it comes to venturing into the great outdoors. However, there is a silver lining. It’s time to layer up, and get out! We’ve scoured the globe, searched near and far and we’ve come up with a pretty cool list of spectacular cities to see in the winter along with some descriptions of what each one has to offer. There’s more to the great outdoors than camping, during these bleak months.
Park City, Utah
Park City, not just for skiing and snowboarding. You read that right, there is far more to this city than meets the eye. 32 miles southeast of Salt Lake City you can find this picturesque town brimming with activity. How does zip lining over a snow covered canyon sound? Check out Canyons Ziptour for the ride of your life!
Rather keep your feet on the ground? Check out the Olympic Park and become an olympian, test your skills with bobsledding, tubing and don’t forget about the adventure course. This is a great destination for the entire family, making it a spectacular sight to see in the winter.
Whistler, British Columbia
Not too far of a trek, but far enough to consider it a getaway. Whistler’s beautiful mountain resort is known for its ski and snowboarding community, but we’ve uncovered a few other activities that will take you off the slopes and into a whole new avenue of adventure.
Take the day and explore the snow covered forest landscapes by way of dogsled, what a nostalgic way to discover your new surroundings. And while the dogs are fast, the snowmobiles are even faster! Whistler offers guided tours, but with dozens of tours to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your trips needs. Since rock climbing is typically saved for snowless weather, ice climbing is stepping in as the winter alternative. Learn to scale ice walls with expert guides and become the coolest person you know, literally.
Norway, the Scandinavian land of snow-covered mountains, glaciers, deep coastal fjords and who can forget the Vikings! Oslo, the country’s capital is absolutely beautiful and full of adventure.
Nothing says good old-fashioned fun like a toboggan run! The city’s most popular toboggan run starts at Frognerseteren and ends at the Midtstuen metro station. Best part, besides the 2,000 meters worth of high-powered adrenalin bliss, the metro will pick you up and take you right back to the beginning! Looking to cover some major ground in the winter? Try a Fatbike and follow the mesmerizing Northern Lights! Apart from biking and tobogganing, there’s also great hiking, ice fishing and who can forget skiing.
First off, let’s clear one thing up. Even though daylight is limited during this time of year and the country resides in close contact with the Arctic Circle it doesn’t get as cold as you may expect thanks to that Gulf Stream current. The snow, however, truly transforms this city into a winter wonderland.
While there are the typical winter activities to partake in- skiing, snowshoeing and sledding there are also a handful of other gems that are outside the norm. Take for instance the Blue Lagoon, ever tried a hot spring? How about trying one in the dead of winter? The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. The water appears to be a powder blue because of the minerals and algae and it always sitting at a comfortable temp year round.
If you venture about an hour out of Reykjavik you can experience the Northern Lights in a way you’ve never experienced them before. Try out the Aurora Bubble and sleep out under the glowing lights. The sustainable accommodation offers comfort and warmth as you watch the lights dance all night.
No matter where adventure takes you this winter, don’t be afraid to try out new things. Don’t opt for the traditional forms of winter activities, be daring! As always, check back with GSI Outdoors for more posts on outdoor adventure!