Many travellers are now looking for authentic experiences and adventures over just relaxing on a beach for their vacation. Increasingly, we want those adventures to make for dramatic and shareable photo ops too. Maybe that’s why more and more of us are embracing our northern spirit and traveling to cold weather hot spots to experience incredible skiing, dog sledding, snow covered landscapes and mountaintops and, of course, the Northern Lights.
For those looking for beautiful landscapes, natural wonders, and unique experiences, all signs point north. Here are some of the coolest hot spots right now.
Iceland continues to be one of the trendiest destinations to visit. Long popular for its natural beauty with glaciers and waterfalls, geothermal pools and hot springs, and breathtaking views of the Northern Lights, this small European country has reached new heights in popularity in recent years. This is at least in part due to the destination being prominently featured in the HBO hit “Game of Thrones.” Fans of the TV show might be flock to Iceland to see their favourite settings first hand, but beyond the pop-culture pilgrimage, they are treated to volcanic landscapes, fiords, lava fields, and a taste of the local culture in Reykjavik. The continued popularity of Iceland made our list of top travel predictions for 2018.