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Winter Activity

Exciting Winter Activity Adventure Holidays in Europe

When the blanket of pristine, white snow settles across Europe, it’s time to think about a winter holiday. Why not book an exhilarating Explore winter activity holiday?

Our Explore winter tours offer a more varied alternative to conventional downhill skiing holidays or city breaks. You can try a number of winter activities such as snow-shoeing, view the Northern lights or even stay overnight in an Ice Hotel. On Explore’s range of small group adventure tours and family holidays you can enjoy a wide variety of experiences whilst being surrounded by dramatic snow covered scenery.

Of course, one of the biggest attractions of travelling to Europe in winter is the Aurora Borealis or ‘Northern Lights’. You can go to Iceland on an Explore short break with an Expert Astronomer to learn about and photograph the Northern Lights or, if you’d prefer to take a longer 10 day holiday to Iceland, then there’s Explore’s unique Icelandic Winter Adventure where you can travel around the whole of the island to marvel at the arctic wildlife, snow-capped volcanoes and glistening glaciers.

Alternatively, for an even more surreal and unique winter activity holiday with Explore, you can visit and spend the night in Romania’s Ice Hotel. Here you can go snow-shoeing in the Transylvanian Alps or enjoy sliding around snow tubing.

If you’re looking to get away on holiday for Christmas or New Year then you can also join Explore’s short break to the Pieniny Mountains in Poland. Spend a few days walking in the mountains, seeing the pretty city of Krakow, relaxing on a torch-lit sleigh ride and enjoying traditional food, music and of course vodka.

On an adrenaline filled winter family holiday to Slovakia with Explore you can ride on a snow cat up a mountain, go night sledding and much more. Alternatively you could travel to the ultimate winter wonderland on a family tour in Finland where you can spend your time snowmobiling, husky sledding and even igloo building.

There's a little something for everyone on an Explore winter trip to Europe, no matter which destination you choose.

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Experience the Mesmerising Northern Lights in Iceland

One of the most popular winter activities in Europe is going on a Northern Lights holiday to Iceland. Explore offer the exclusive experience of being accompanied on a Northern lights tour by expert astronomer, Andrew Green. Andrew has been actively involved in astronomy for over 37 years and is also a published photographer who is happy to give you tips on photographing the Aurora Borealis. On this short break to Iceland Explore hand-pick hotel locations that are ideal for viewing the Northern Lights as well as carefully planning the dates of your trip to give travelers the best viewing opportunity. You can read more about Explore’s staff experiences of meeting our expert astronomer and photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland.

Island Round Trip to Iceland in Winter

For something really different you can take a trip around the coast of Iceland in winter to admire the stunning snow covered volcanic landscape with its glaciers, frozen waterfalls, steaming geysers and ancient lava fields. As well as experiencing Iceland's natural beauty you'll have the chance to view the Northern Lights, travel by super jeep or snow cat and soak in the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths. You can also use the opportunity of travelling to Iceland in winter to see the famous Golden Circle when Gullfoss 'the Golden Falls' are partially frozen and the geysers are spouting through snow covered ground. For more detailed information about Explore’s staff travels around Iceland you can read our Iceland in Winter article.

Unique Experience of Staying in a Romanian Ice Hotel

Amongst the snowy peaks of the Transylvanian Alps you can travel with Explore to spend the night in the unique Romanian Ice Hotel. The only way to reach the Ice Hotel above Lake Balea is by cable car. During your trip, you can go snow-shoeing in the beautiful surrounding mountains or try your hand at ice skating or even snow tubing. At the Ice Hotel there’s an Ice Restaurant, Ice Bar and even an Ice Chapel, which each provide a surreal experience and unique photo opportunity. You can enjoy a cocktail served in an ice glass before sleeping on an ice bed in your individually, hand-sculpted ice bedroom. Read more about our Explore's staff travel experiences staying overnight at the Romanian Ice Hotel.

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