Sunshine is not the cure for winter blues……
Winter vacations and ice holidays are as good :
The Harbin Ice Festival, China
Imagine a spectacular amusement park where all the buildings are made of ICE……SOO COOOL RIGHT xoxo
Harbin is a Manchurian city with a diverse history, mixing Russian and Korean influences.
You will see :
Big replicas of famous buildings from around the world
ICE Restaurants, ICE Hotels and Shops made of ICE
And thousands of people smiling and eating frozen fruit on a stick.
From : Dec to Feb
Sweden's Icehotel is the longest running and largest ICE hôtel in the world, with 50 rooms. There is even a chapel so couples can plan an icy wedding and stay overnight with their guests. Rooms are a chic mix of glassy ice furniture, fur throws and ornate ice chandeliers.
Open : Dec to mid April
The Hannibal Festival, Sölden, Austria
Closer to home, the Austrian Alps is not only famous for their ski slopes.
The yearly Hannibal festival is based on the ancient invasion of Roman Italy by Carthaginian military leader Hannibal, who marched three-dozen African elephants and some 60,000 soldiers across the Alps about 200 years B.C.
Tourism Office : "Crazy things are going to happen, from base jumpers, helicopters, artificial avalanches, fireworks, snowcats, monumental music."
On : April 12th
Polar bear watching, Churchill, Hudson Bay, Manitoba
Who doesn't love polar bears? Truth is, global warming means within the next few decades the world's polar bear population is expected to rapidly plummet.
The best polar bear viewing is in October and November, as Hudson Bay begins to freeze and bears take to the ice for hunting.
Antarctica is rich in Wildlife, from Whales to Sea Lions to Emperor Penguins and many other species of Birds. The Oceanwide Expeditions travel company use zodiac boats to allow for passengers to get close to the animals, with expert guides explaining the wildlife.
Alaskan Ice Fishing
The thrill of Alaska's wild frontier combined with the pleasure of Ice-Fishing, Skiing, Dog Sledding and Snowmobile Tours, as well as airplane flights to see the Wilderness.