Half term, a winter holiday or a weekend break? Or perhaps you just fancy doing something fun on a regular winter’s day! Fabulous winter adventures await across the Nordics, both for those who love skiing and those who prefer city life. Here are 6 of our top tips!

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Photo: Burn Out City in Helsinki

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1. Dog sledding and Northern Lights in Tromsø

Tromsø – also known as the Paris of the North – is a magical destination all throughout the year. During the summer months you can experience the midnight sun and long bright evenings, as well as incredible experiences in the great outdoors including whale safaris and sea kayaking. During the winter, plenty of Arctic adventures await!

Would you like to see the magical blues and greens of the Northern Lights dance across the sky in northern Norway? Well, put on some thick clothes and head on out into nature! Artificial city lights often make it hard to view the Northern Lights, but out in the wilderness you should have no trouble seeing them. For yet more excitement, we recommend you to try a day trip on a dog sled! This activity is bookable via Active Tromsø and includes transport to the base camp located about 30 minutes outside the city centre. You’ll begin by greeting the huskies in the dog park, before being assigned your dogs and sleds for a magical tour through the snowy landscape! Afterwards you can look forward to a hot beverage and lunch in front of an open fire. This makes for a truly unforgettable experience during a winter holiday!

Dog sledding in Tromsø It’s certainly wise to keep hold of the sled at all times…before you know it, you’ll be heading downhill! Photo: Hanne Kristine Vederhus

2. Tobogganing at Korketrekkeren in Oslo

There’s so much to explore in Oslo for those who love city life – restaurants, nightlife, shopping and culture are just some of the kinds of attractions on offer in this fabulous Nordic capital. Here you’ll find our 10 top insider tips on what to do in Oslo.

We also recommend you to try one of the most popular and fast-paced winter activities in the city. Do you like snow, stunning views, adrenaline and feeling the wind in your face? Then put on your winter woollies and prepare for some fabulous tobogganing at Korketrekkerens! Take the metro to Frognerseteren, rent a sled from Akeforeningen and off you go! Afterwards just take the tube back up and enjoy another tour through the forest!

Korketrekkeren in Oslo Photo: Terje Rakke/Nordic Life – Visitnorway.com

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3. Åre – a mountain paradise in beautiful Jämtland

Powder snow, downhill skiing and a fabulous mountain hotel – does that sound appealing? The mountain paradise of Åre has it all! Åre is the ultimate destination to experience the great outdoors, regardless of whether you want to hike, fish, kayak or ski. And of course it’s the absolute dream of a ski resort offering cross-country tracks, challenging slopes and plenty of alpine ski touring.

Downhill skiing in Åre Downhill skiing in beautiful Åre. Photo: Skistar

Set off from our spa and ski hotel Copperhill Mountain Lodge for a fabulous adventure! When you return after a long day in the fresh mountain air, you can relax in front of an open fire, and enjoy some time in the spa and jacuzzi with stunning views of Åre’s majestic mountain landscape.

Winter at Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre Winter at Copperhill Mountain Lodge.

4. Skating on the ice in Stockholm

Stockholm is full of life all the year round and there are plenty of activities for you to try during a weekend break, as well as a fabulous winter holiday! Visit Stockholm provides plenty of tips about what to see and do, as well as various attractions including the city’s many museums. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a great meal, you’re sure to find something to suit your fancy among these 10 wonderful restaurants.

We also strongly recommend you put your skates on…and head out onto the frozen waters of Stockholm! ICEguide arranges Nordic skating trips on Lake Mälaren and in the archipelago. This is a popular activity for both adults and children in Stockholm!

Skating in Stockholm Photo: Henrik Trygg / mediabank.visitstockholm.com

5. Snowmobile safaris in Helsinki

Helsinki has really blossomed in recent years and it has become an extremely popular destination offering a wide variety of art, design and eateries for you to explore. Does that sound like a good place for a winter holiday? Then go ahead and combine city life with an experience in nature! You could even book a snowmobile safari with Burn Out City for a fast-paced adventure through the forest and the frozen archipelago just a few kilometres outside Helsinki, followed by some rest and relaxation in front of a wonderful open fire.

Snowmobile safaris in Helsinki Photo: Burn Out City

If you feel the need to warm your bones after a day spent in the cold, we recommend you try an authentic Finnish sauna when you return to the city! You could even book a stay at a hotel with a sauna, such as Clarion Hotel Helsinki or Clarion Hotel Aviapolis near the airport.

6. Visit Copenhagen at any time of year

Does your idea of an idyllic winter’s day involve strolling through a picturesque city with a hot cup of coffee? Copenhagen has so much to offer to visitors with attractions such as Nyhavn, Strøget, Rundetaarn, the Amalienborg Palace and several museums that are open all the year round. For those who fancy some adventure, skating is also a popular activity in Copenhagen. You can rent a pair of skates for 50 DKK from the ice rink at Frederiksberg Runddel.

The pool at Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport Winter can also be enjoyed indoors – go ahead and try the pool at Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport.

Another top tip – experience exotic Svalbard!

Are you ready for an exotic adventure in the Nordic wilderness? Then head to Svalbard! Find out what you can experience in Svalbard and where to stay here!

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