Christmas is coming and everyone is feeling festive with oncoming celebrations. Have you ever thought to escape the mayhem of a formal family Christmas and celebrate the festive season in your own style? If yes, check out the list of the best winter trips below. You will be inspired looking at the top destinations and experiences worth seeking out in December 2017.
Blazing colours in the sky
Hunting for Northern Lights in Iceland
The thrill of witnessing the Aurora is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many. The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis as they are scientifically known, are one of the world’s most beautiful natural phenomena. December’s dark nights in Iceland are ideal for catching glimpse of these impressive visual performances.You can see them as late as April, and from any corner of Iceland, anytime between dusk and dawn, and seeing the Northern lights concurrently with a sunrise or sunset is one of the most spectacular sights you’ll ever see in your life.
Stargazing in the Sahara desert
Geminids Meteor Shower in Morocco
The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor shower during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.
Each December planet Earth crosses the orbital path of an asteroid that gets close enough to the sun so that its rocky body begins to crumble, resulting in what is known as the Geminids Meteor Shower. The Moroccan Sahara is one of the best spots to witness this phenomenon with no light pollution and expansive vistas.
Magic of Lapland
Santa Claus Adventure in Lapland
For those who desire to experience truly wintery December with snow guaranteed Finland is the best place. Besides meeting Father Christmas you can drive a herd of reindeer, try your hand at husky sledding, enjoy a thrill ride on a snowmobile and attempt to catch your lunch on an ice fishing trip. On average, Northern Lights can be seen in northernmost Lapland up to 200 nights a year, so that the chances to witness this magical phenomenon are very high.
Celebrate Christmas in Russia
Russia is one of the gorgeous places to enjoy Christmas in December in spite of Russians celebrate Christmas on the 7th January according to the Julian calendar. Russia in the wintertime can be a cold experience, but dressed in many layers you should be fine. Seeing the Hermitage, Catherine’s Palace, the Red Square and much more in winter is no less exciting and fascinating as in the summer. The historic buildings in both St. Petersburg and Moscow are a beautiful sight dressed in snow, and the country will be bright and light under such a layer.
Christmas with penguins
Chiloé Island, Chile
Summer in the Southern Hemisphere (December to March) brings the Pacific’s only known mixed pingüinera (penguin colony) of Magellanic and Humboldt penguins to southern Chile. The colony is a located on the Puñihuil Islets, a protected national monument off the northern coast of Chiloé, the largest island in the Chiloé archipelago. Guided boat tours offer up close, yet responsible and respectful, views of the penguins. And, on the 30-minute ferry ride to Chiloé from the Chilean mainland, you’re likely to see sea otters, chimango caracaras (raptors), cormorants, pelicans, and other seabirds.
Harbin Ice Festival in China
The city of Harbis is especially attractive in late December when hundreds sculptures made from ice and lit with bright neon colours can be seen not he streets. The festival was established in 1985 and became popular among both professional ice sculptors and ordinary visitors. Spread across three venues, it’s a time for wintery fun with ice-skating and sledding opportunities, making it a great reason to visit China for a unique Christmas.