You might love basking in warm solar rays and taking dips in the ocean at this time of year, but why not try something different and head north for an authentic winter experience instead? Plenty of European destinations really come into their own in their coolest months, offering snow-laden vistas and magical shopping opportunities, as well as some of the best places to meet Santa Claus.
Here a couple of ideas to get you thinking about a cooler climate holiday this year. Just remember to pack your woollies!
Lapland holidays are particularly popular from September to January. An area of natural beauty and wilderness, which is located in the Article Circle and stretches across northern Finland, Norway, Sweden and parts of northern Russia, it makes for idyllic vacations in the pure white snow. If you visit between October and March, you may get the chance to witness the awe-inspiring aurora borealis, or Northern Lights. The region’s long polar nights offer perfect viewing conditions.