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Things to Do in Europe This Winter

Things to Do in Europe This Winter

Winter is a fabulous time to explore Europe, with snow-covered slopes in the higher altitudes, reliable winter sun in the south of the continent, and lots of romantic, festive markets to discover in the center. See below for some of the must-try winter experiences on offer in Europe.

 

Get in on Some Winter Sports

Europe is the birthplace of the winter vacation, with the concept taking off in the mid to late 19th century in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Today, the Swiss Alps remain one of the most popular skiing and snowboarding destinations in Europe, though there are almost endless resorts to choose from across Austria, France, and Italy. Further north in Finland and Norway, alternative snowy adventures, such as husky sledding and reindeer sleigh rides, await.


Celebrate the Holidays

Europe is enchanting during the holidays, with the central European nations especially well-known for their magical Christmas markets. Admire the glittering festive lights, sip mulled wine (glühwein), and enjoy the festive spirit at the Christmas markets in Munich, Prague, Budapest, or Vienna. If you’re yearning for an encounter with Father Christmas, head north to the Arctic Circle. Kids can meet the man himself at the Santa Claus Village at Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland.

 

See the Northern Lights

One of nature’s greatest spectacles, the northern lights are visible in the far northern reaches of Europe for much of winter. The further north you travel, the more likely you are to spot the aurora borealis. Northern lights hunting tours depart from Reykjavik in Iceland, Tromso in Norway, and from various parts of Finnish and Swedish Lapland, such as Levi, Rovaniemi, and Abisko.

 

Get Some Winter Sun

If you’re after a fix of winter sun in Europe, you’ll find several literal hot spots. The Canary Islands, which belong to Spain but actually sit just a few hundred miles off the North African coast, are your best bet for sunshine in winter. Boat tours, swimming, snorkeling, and hiking are all possible throughout winter on the islands of Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, and La Gomera.

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Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

Northern Lights Night Tour from Reykjavik

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Seize the opportunity to see one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles during this evening Reykjavik Northern Lights tour. Hop into a climate-controlled coach with an expert guide, and venture deep into Iceland’s darkness-cloaked countryside, far from the electric glow of any towns. Stop at different locations to scan the ink-black skies for the legendary lights, and with luck, catch a dazzling display that you’ll remember forever. Taking a Northern Lights Iceland tour is a must for anyone visiting Reykjavik in winter, so don’t miss out!
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Lapland Husky Sled Safari from Tromso

Lapland Husky Sled Safari from Tromso

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Delight in the wintery wonderland of Norway on a 4.5-hour husky safari experience from Tromso. Combine stunning scenery with an adrenaline-fuelled adventure as you undertake a breathtaking journey across Breivikeidet. Head to a husky farm located in the snow-smothered wilderness of Tromso, and then climb aboard your sleigh for an exhilarating ride. After your fun-filled ride, revitalize with a hot drink and a sweet cake in a teepee-like tent before returning to the city.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Northern Lights Small-Group Tour from Tromso, Including Photography Tips

Northern Lights Small-Group Tour from Tromso, Including Photography Tips

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Eager to experience the Northern Lights? Join this bus tour from Tromsø in search of the natural marvel. Venture into northern Norway’s countryside by comfortable minibus to seek out the dark skies most conducive to sightings. Visit different lookout locations; scan the skies, and make use of supplied tripods and the know-how of an expert guide to photograph the lights at their best. As you wait to spot the overhead spectacle, stay refreshed with hot chocolate, coffee and cake. Numbers are limited to 16 people for an intimate experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Ski or Snowboard Lesson for Beginners in Grindelwald from Interlaken

Ski or Snowboard Lesson for Beginners in Grindelwald from Interlaken

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Master the basics on the rolling slopes of Grindelwald in Switzerland on this 1-day beginner-friendly ski or snowboard experience from Interlaken. Travel from Interlaken into the beautiful Swiss Alps and watch as iconic Mt Eiger looms large on the horizon. After collecting your ski or snowboard equipment from the hire shop, meet a qualified Swiss Ski School instructor and take to the gentle terrain of the Bodmi beginner slopes for two 2.5-hour classes. This small-group experience is limited to just eight people for personalized attention.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$202.12
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Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Mulled Wine

Budapest Christmas Market Tour with Basilica visit & Mulled Wine

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Get into the holiday spirit with this 2.5-hour walking tour of Budapest’s Christmas markets. Follow a guide through the city streets to see Andrássy Avenue, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and the Hungarian State Opera House. Afterward, head to the Christmas markets to peruse handmade mementos and Hungarian delicacies. You’ll be treated to a cup of mulled wine at the end of your tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour

Berlin Christmas Markets Walking Tour

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Explore three of Berlin's best Christmas markets on this walking tour. See the Christmas booths around Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in the heart of old West Berlin; wander the markets in the medieval center of Spandau; and top off the tour at Charlottenburg Palace, home to one of the most prominent Christmas markets in the city. Try traditional holiday delicacies, browse the hand-crafted goods, and sip a Glühwein, the hot mulled wine that is a seasonal staple.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Snowshoe Tour from Interlaken

Snowshoe Tour from Interlaken

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Explore the peaks and valleys of the Swiss Alps and enjoy outdoor adventure in the open air on this 4-hour snowshoe tour from Interlaken. Strap into your light-weight snowshoes then head deep into the snowy forest with a guide. During the 1.5- to 2-hour snowshoe tour, stomp through deep snow drifts with ease and admire breathtaking views over the pristine, white wilderness. Discover traditional mountain villages nestled around the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains, and experience the best of the mighty Swiss Alps.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Munich Christmas Markets Tour

Munich Christmas Markets Tour

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Soak up the holiday spirit with a 2-hour tour of the Munich Christmas markets. With more than 20 holiday markets across the city, follow a guide through Munich's Old Town to explore the city's festive offerings, including Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz. Shop for handmade Bavarian gifts, sip on glühwein (mulled wine), and try lebkuchen, the gingerbread cookie that has been a local Christmas staple since the 14th century.
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  • 2 hours
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