Northern Europe

Fancy somewhere a little chillier? Head to Northern Europe for an ultimate winter wonderland. The Scandinavian countries are known for their chilliness – you’re approaching the Arctic, after all, and snowsports are popular throughout the region. Also enjoy incredible cities with distinctive culture and even head to Lapland to see Santa Claus! 

Sweden

Home to ABBA and IKEA, Sweden is a long country, although all of it tends to get frosty in the winter. 

The Swedes do winter really well, and visiting during this season will give you tonnes of opportunities to engage in local culture. 

Whether you want to do some winter hiking, have a spa experience or see the winter lights, you’ll love Sweden in winter! 

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Finland

There’s nowhere quite as festive as Finland in winter. This Scandinavian country extends up into the Arctic Circle, where Lapland, the home to Santa Claus, is located! 

This is a magical family destination, but there’s something for everyone here, from dog sledding rides to learning about the native Sami people. 

Further south, Helsinki has plenty of attractions, and if it’s too cold in the winter you can always defrost in a Finnish sauna. 

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Norway

Norway is a year-round nature lover’s paradise. The fjords stay ice-free due to the temperate gulf stream, and visiting is an entrancing winter experience.

If you want cooler weather, there are lots of snowsports to enjoy. Or, head to the far north of the country and look out for the Northern Lights! 

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Denmark

Denmark’s a small country, but it’s packed full of attractions and things to do. Its capital, Copenhagen, is beautiful and worth visiting any time of year. In the winter, it can be chilly, but it’s quiet and you might find some cheaper hotel deals. 

Denmark is also the home of hygge – which is loosely translated as cosiness, and a wonderful practice during the winter. Wherever you are in the country, find some time for hygge when you’re in Denmark in winter!

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