Ever did I was bitten by this travel bug, the only travel dream which has always fascinated me were the beautiful winter-land travel destinations filled the immense beauty of nature and life! Whether those are mountains neatly wrapped up with snow-white beauty of mother nature, or spectacular range of forest trees standing on the snow-land and nurturing itself in the fresh fall of the snow or crystal clear beautiful lakes shining between the mountain peaks as if you have seen a perfect picture landscape, it has always been my dream to see such a beauty at least once in my lifetime. So I thought to share that small list of all those dream winter destinations that I want to experience in my life!
- Tromsø, Norway
Tromsø is the largest city in northern Norway and situated 350kms north of Arctic circle. If you are looking for Scandinavian adventure and outdoor activities with a mix of modern city lifestyle with vibrant night life, then Tromsø can be the best option. From super amazing Fjords excursions to the best chances of seeing the majestic northern lights, Tromsø has so much to offer. It also offers plenty of attractions such as museums, aquariums or even botanical gardens, you name it! If you are an adventure sports enthusiastic, then you are open to many opportunities such as hiking, fishing, kayaking, whale safaris and even Dog sledging! Well, it has been on my bucket list lately, an I am planning to visit this city soon in first winter quarter of this year for which I am all excited! 🙂
- South Coast of Iceland
Iceland has become one of the most famous Nordic destinations around the world nowadays. Reykjavík is the largest city and capital of Iceland and lot of people around the year usually take day trip to its famous destinations and routes such as Golden circle, blue lagoons, spectacular glaciers, beautiful sand beaches, amazing waterfalls and scenic volcanoes! But one of the trips which is most fascinating for me is to do Day hiking trips to South cost of Iceland which is usually done in the winter months to have the best Icelandic experience. Hiking all the way by yourself or with a guided group tour, crossing through the farming lands to the beautiful sand beaches, scenic volcanoes, dazzling waterfalls and magnificent glaciers, it one of the best travel experience I believe one can ever do in their lifetime. So I have put this bucket list experience to accomplish in either 2017 last quarter year winter months or early 2018 1st quarter months whichever could be made possible! 🙂
- Zao Onsen, Yamagata Perfecture, Japan
Zao Onsen is one the most famous tourist destinations situated in the northeastern Tohuku region of Japan and people usually come here to enjoy activities like skiing and snowboarding. It has basically a hot spring village consisting of various hot springs & public bath houses and one can simply relax and nurture the experience of the therapeutic waters there. There are also cable car rides one of which departs from the hot spring village and the journey through it with spectacular views of snow-covered mountains can be just amazing! One of the main features of Zao onsen best-in class ski resort are the ‘snow monsters’ or trees covered with thick blanket of snow which for some might give a stong evil look but at the same time makes it one of the unique and beautiful visual experiences in the world! Ever since I have visited Japan last year in 2016, the moment I learned about this beautiful destination, I always wished to come back and experience the beauty of the place with my own eyes, so I have kept this bucket list experiences in my winter trip of the year 2018! 🙂
- Tibet, China
Tibet, a region on the Tibetan Plateau is literally situated in the heart of Asia. Let me share a quote from of my favourite movies which I have seen long while back…”When you are climbing your mind is clear, free of all confusions, you have focus, and suddenly the light becomes sharper, sounds are richer and you are filled with deep powerful presence of life”. The name of the movie was “Sever years in Tibet”. Long back when I saw that movie I was always curious to see and know more about this amazing destination. Being from India as a native Indian, I have already been to few couple of places in Himalayas and the natural grand beauty of these amazing peaks has really something hidden in them. It consist of a life totally different from the rest of the world. Tibet has something similar to offer and experience. The ancient temples and palaces which are home of the famous Dalai Lama for centuries, the picturesque monasteries and rural landscapes and most important of all a dream trek to the “Everest Base camp” where you can view the peak of Mt. Everest! Yes, Its one of my winter dream destinations and since trek to Everest base camp requires some amount of good physical training, so I have kept this bucket list wish in the year of winter 2019, hoping I will be able to fit enough by then to discover this amazing experience! 🙂
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, USA
Kenai Fjords, also known as glacial paradise, is located in south-central Alaska and situated near the town of Seward. Outlining at the park edges is famous for its largest ice field in the United states, also known as ‘Harding Icefield’. The best feel of this place is that the ice and snow engulfs most of the park and it consist of various Fjords shaped by numerous glaciers. These glacier actually pour down from the Icefield, making their way through valleys and the whole view turn itself into stunning Fjords and icebergs which just look marvelous and picturesque! This is always been in my dream bucket list for long and I intent to this awesome trip in year 2020! 🙂
- Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is located in the South Island of New Zealand and Situated in the central Otago southern Lake area. It has become one of the famous tourist destinations where you can find the neat layer of snow cap and ice claded houses, trees and beautiful & majestic mountains. The south Island ‘Lake Wakatipu” in winters looks really stunning with its crystal clear beauty. Queenstown in winters is considered to be one of the skiing paradise! I plan to do this trip in the year of 2021 (it still a long gap) but I guess since it’s a skiing paradise and with all above winter locations, I would be able to learn good skiing by then to experience it here! 🙂
- Polar Cruise : Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Greenland and Iceland
This is one of the super-dream expedition trips I wanted do once in my life! Starting from northwest coast of Spitsbergen (on-looking some amazing mountains and fjords) towards the icy waters of Greenland (watching some amazing icebergs & icecaps) and all the way to Iceland (to catch some dreamy Icelandic landscape beauty). The entire voyage has so much to offer and experience. Imagine of having a chance to see those majestic northern lights on literally any day of your journey, or live to experience the view of the real arctic animals such as polar bears, reindeer or walrus, or to explore such terrific views of massive glaciers and active volcanoes! For me it would be a real life-changing experience! Well going on such expeditions while traveling from another corner of the world does require some good savings, but that’s the part of traveling don’t you think? With right patience,planning and savings, I am sure I might be able to make this voyage lets say in the next 5-10 years hopefully!
- Antarctica Cruise Expeditions from New Zealand
To me this expedition has always been an impossible journey in-itself. Being a native Indian, lived my life in middle-class family, these dreams are way more far-fetched for me. But with this travel dream passion still alive in my heart, I think this is one trip I still hope I can do once in my life before I die in peace! The reason I picked this up from New Zealand is that first it is still closer to Asian subcontinent (unlike traveling all-way to Argentina which would literally mean another corner of the world) and secondly unlike south-American voyage, this expedition is much more longer and required a good amount of patience. However, it even makes it a bit more expensive, but anyway I am keeping this to my last bold act of travel journey, so what the hell! 😀 … It takes about 7 day sailing to reach Antarctica from New Zealand, so a return trip would take approx 12-14 days and in addition depending on how far you want to reach part of Antarctica ( starting from Cape Adore till Ross Island) the whole expedition will take up a whole month of Journey from New Zealand only. It will be like a solo adventure as in this route you would hardly see any ships on the journey other than the visits to research bases, so basically you will be on your own and the only people you will see all this time would be the one in your ship! But that’s what the travel is all about don’t you think?…to be in the extreme nature on your own, imagine to touch the life on the last corner of the world, to see southernmost active volcanoes, beautiful historic huts, preserved historic relics and time capsules, a 600 km wall of ice standing in front of you, those beautiful Antarctic penguins nested there in thousand all over the area….its will be just a life living experience which can happen in anyone’s lifetime and I believe it can be possible and I am hoping I could do this dream expedition between the span of next 10-20 years of my life! 🙂
Well all these winter dream goals can looks like a long shot deal but I guess my life depends on it! …..Have you ever been to any of these winter destinations? Feel free to share you experiences or thoughts anytime in the comments below!