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Top ten winter activity trips

Can't wait to escape winter? Then read no further. But personally I love winter as another of the four beautiful seasons, so I go out and enjoy it. We have selected the very best winter-activity adventures - quick one-week trips that have you indulge in snow, sunshine, activities and snuggle up by a fire at night.

Finland: Finnish Wilderness Week​ 8 days from CA$2375

Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10

At Basecamp Oulanka, set in a truly stunning location and the only accommodation for miles around, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities. Dogsled, cross-country ski, snowmobile, learn wilderness skills or iceclimb in a silent winter wonderland or snowshoeing in search of the Northern Lights. Get back to nature this winter and head to Basecamp. View trip

Iceland: Cross-country skiing in Iceland

8 days from CA$4655

Iceland is known throughout the world for many things, from erupting volcanoes to rushing waterfalls to the Northern Lights.The Icelanders themselves make great use of their very own adventure playground and are keen mountaineers, trekkers and downhill skiers. There are some unique opportunities for Cross-country skiing here. View trip

Finland: Finnish Dogsledding Adventure

8 days from CA$3795

Rated: moderate - challenging, 4 out of 10

Travel to 68° North, to the stunning Pallas-Yllas National Park in north west Lapland. Boasting the cleanest air in Europe, this region is awash with mile after mile of frozen lakes and pine forests that stretch out to the dramatic Pallastunturi Fells. To truly appreciate such a beautiful and remote part of the world, there really is only one way to travel; by dogsled. View trip

Arctic Sweden & the Ice Hotel

7 days from CA$3705

Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10

Deep inside the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland lies a land characterised by deep forests, frozen lakes and the extraordinary Northern Lights. Our base is ideally located to explore the surrounding wilderness, with a week packed full of activities. Our Arctic adventure culminates with a memorable night in the magical Icehotel, the perfect end to a truly unforgettable adventure trip. View trip

Iceland: Northern Lights

5 days from CA$3415

Rated: leisurely - moderate, 2 out of 10

The Northern Lights can be dramatic, eruptive, fleeting and enigmatic. Never guaranteed, sightings rely on minimal light pollution, solar activity and clear skies. They key to any Aurora trip is enjoying the whole experience, regardless of what happens in the night sky. This is where Iceland comes into its own. Roaring waterfalls, icebergs littered on black volcanic sand and mighty volcanoes dotting the horizon. With a local guide on hand to help you discover his home, and alert to the prevailing conditions and likelihood of a light show you will be well placed both literally and metaphorically, to see all that Iceland has to offer. View trip

Italy: Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

8 days from CA$1895

Rated: moderate, 3 out of 10

Imagine snowshoeing through wintery national parks, along the shorelines of lakes and beneath the jagged peaks of th Dolomites. Trek along forest trails and old military tracks, to magnificent viewpoints. Your base for the week will be the superb Hotel Adler, the perfect place to unwind after a day’s snowshoeing, with Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing wellness centre. View trip

Norway: Cross-country skiing in Mosstrond

8 days from CA$2085

Rated: Multi-level

The shores of frozen Lake Mosvatn, on the edge of the Hardangervidda National Park, is your beautiful base for this week of isolated off track skiing. Setting out across the frozen lake, explore the winter landscape, and develop both confidence and skill while discovering new routes and trails every day. The skiing will be off-track, the only tracks you are likely to see will be those of animals. View trip

Finland: Cross-country skiing in Oulanka National Park

8 days from CA$2275

Rated: Multi-level

Ski through forests and over lakes close to the border between Finland and Russia. Mile upon mile of pristine wilderness, with trees twisted and heavy from the snow, stretches as far as the eye can see. Travel through this beautiful landscape by following tracks made each day just for the group. Spend time in a remote wilderness cabin and enjoy local cooking, a sauna to relax in, and perhaps a glimpse of the Northern Lights. View trip

France & Spain: Cross-country skiing in the Pyrenees

8 days from CA$2055

Rated: Multi-level

This is your opportunity to ski in one of the sunniest areas in the Pyrenees. While exploring 100 km of tracks, choose which level of skiing suits you each day and enjoy the excellent local French and Spanish cuisine en route. And after the trip - why not add on Barcelona or Paris? View trip

Bulgaria: Wild Bulgaria - winter walk & snowshoe

8 days from CA$1515

Rated: leisurely to moderate, 2 out of 10

This winter adventure explores a remote and largely untouched part of the Rodopi Mountains that lies seemingly cut off from the outside world. A varied selection of routes will lead you through ancient forests, across panoramic ridges and into deep gorges studded with mysterious caves, discovering more about the amazingly rich wildlife and heritage of the region. View trip

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