Gentle winter activities
Winter sports are most often associated with high-adrenaline, risky activities and for thrillseekers, there’s no shortage of experiences to try out from snowboarding to dog sledding. But what if you’re still keen to enjoy the winter wonderland experience but in a more gentle way?
The good news is that if your idea of a holiday doesn’t involve speeding down a steep slope, there’s still a wealth of activities in snow-capped destinations which don’t compromise anxiety levels.
Here, the Flexicover team lists some of the best options in resorts across the world.
Sleigh rides in Rovaniemi, Finland
In Finland, there are roughly an equal number of reindeers to people, so it's no surprise that these magnificent creatures play an important part of the country's everyday life. An ancient Sami tradition, reindeer-driven sleighs were a key form of transport. Nowadays, imparting the custom to visitors keeps the tradition alive and where better to give it a go than Rovaniemi in Lapland, the official home of Santa. Here, a full-day reindeer safari involves a chance to drive your own reindeer across powder-white landscapes, a barbecue lunch, and a ride back to base camp, all for €159. Keep a close eye out for Rudolph and his pals too.
Northern Lights-chasing in Reykjavik, Iceland
Although an Aurora Borealis sighting might not be guaranteed, what you will have for certain is a fun night out. While most Northern Lights outings involve driving to a place with low light pollution, Superjeep go one better. Starting with a hotel pick-up, they venture out in their gigantic vehicles to the area of Iceland with the best forecast for seeing the famous ethereal lights - and move onto a different location if there's no joy. After the thrill of the chase seeing the lights is a wonderful bonus, but the good news is that they offer a free second try if you're not lucky the first time around.
Winter walking in Kitzbuhel, Austria
Kitzbühel might be best known as a luxury ski destination but the high-end amenities are only part of its attraction as the 500km of hiking trails provide another reason to visit. The tourist office hosts free guided hikes during weekdays from early December, which allows you to enjoy the surrounds while leaving the navigation to an expert. This year's programme includes a journey to Austria's largest reservoir, with the Kitzbühel Alps Panorama Lift mitigating the hardest part of the trek, while still offering a chance to admire the spectacular views.
Snow tubing in Colorado, USA
One of the more recent crazes for the winter season is snow tubing. Similar to sledding but in the middle of a large doughnut ring, the activity offers all the enjoyment of whizzing down a snowy slope but in a limb-friendly manner. Tubing slopes vary in steepness and speed, meaning those who give it a go can pick a course that's exactly right for them and perhaps progress slowly if that's an option. Colorado in the States is a good option for first timers, as its regional popularity means the resorts hold a wide range of set-ups.
Igloo building in Hokkaido, Japan
Eskimos are well known for creating shelters from blocks of ice, but have you ever wondered how you might fare? In Hokkaido, Japan, there's a chance for you to find out as its options for winter activities between late December and early March include igloo building. Over the course of a morning or afternoon, groups are shown how to assemble the building blocks of ice to construct a cosy igloo. It's not too physically demanding, though the cold means it's not one for the complainers of the world - just the culturally curious.
As with any activity you plan to do on holiday it’s best to check your travel insurance policy to see if you’re covered or not. Flexicover’s winter sports policy covers over 25 specific snow related activities including sleigh rides, winter walking and snow tubing. |
So wherever you plan to head to this winter it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.