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Create Your Best Holiday Memories in These 6 Exciting Winter Destinations
01 Nov 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

Nothing really feels close to how the kids inside of us go crazily excited when the temperature begins to drop — snow will be falling anytime soon! Especially if you live in a country where there are only two seasons, it becomes a part of your bucket lists to visit a country where the roofs get covered with blankets of ice and everything else turns to white.

And because the holiday season has become one of the most convenient time to travel, how about taking that winter wonderland holiday dream to reality? Here are six exciting winter destinations that you may visit for the holidays:

1. Lucerne, Switzerland

Similar to what you see in postcards is Lucerne's impressive mountainous landscape. This place has the best view of Lake Lucerne and a really stunning scenery of the Alps, especially if you'll be taking the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz. Don't forget to try the authentic Swiss cheese fondue before you leave!

by Zlatana for SweetEscape in Lucerne

2. Vienna, Austria

This destination would warm your heart even when it's cold outside. In Vienna, you could go for walks at its city center and go on a little shopping trip in stalls selling food, gluhwein and handicrafts — they are known to have the best Christmas markets in Europe. You may also go ice skating in the gardens of the Wilhelminenberg Palace or go on a weekend ski trip to Hohe-Wand-Wiese.

3. Reykjavik, Iceland

Everyone dreams of taking a sight of the Northern Lights in person, and you could do that in Reykjavik this holiday season. If you are down for adventures, you could also try downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing here. On the 23rd of December, take part in the Icelandic tradition of eating fermented skate and potatoes.

by Michalina for SweetEscape in Reykjavik

4. Helsinki, Finland

This holiday season, how about a visit to the country where Santa Claus is said to traditionally originate? Feel all Christmasy in Helsinki, also known as the Christmas city, where you could find snow-covered villages, just like in the movies. Local parades happen during the month of December, so don't forget to join the locals and tourists in spreading the holiday vibes.

5. Quebec, Canada

Experience a real winter wonderland in Quebec, where a hotel room made entirely of ice could be found. Take those Instagram-worthy photos at the Old Quebec Christmas village, unleash the inner kid in you at Valcartier Vacation Village, North America's largest winter playground or join their winter celebration as you watch the ice canoe race across the St. Lawrence River!

by Cathy for SweetEscape in Quebec City
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6. Tromso, Norway

Experience your first snowfall in Tromso, a city located above the Arctic Circle. Aside from the usual snow activities, you could also experience a close encounter with reindeers and dog sledding with the Alaskan huskies. You could also catch the Northern Lights here in Tromso, especially from September to March.

Get your phones ready because in these 6 locations, you'll never run out of beautiful sceneries to capture. Or better yet, take SweetEscape with you on your holiday adventure so we could save those precious moments for you to keep and remember forever.

SweetEscape is an online platform with a pool of local photographers in over 400 cities around the world. No matter where you go, a SweetEscape photographer would be ready to snap shots of you and your loved ones.

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Places to Do Dogsledding This Winter Season
01 Nov 2018PLACESBY SweetEscape

To skydive, bungee jump, ride a helicopter or hot air balloon, or to swim with whale sharks — these are the usual things included on an adrenaline junkie's bucket list. These really are exciting activities to try, but if you're down for a unique experience this holiday season why don't you try dogsledding?

Dogsledding is a thrilling ride that lets dogs pull a sled across the snow. It is surely a fun way to experience a winter holiday, so, here are 4 destinations where you could best do it:

1. Lapland, Finland

Whether you're in it to see reindeers and moose out in the wild, to catch the Northern Lights in person, or to simple have a fun ride with 12 Alaskan huskies, Lapland could be a good option for dogsledding in the Arctic wilderness. It may be a challenge to control the sled if you intend to, but rest assured that the dogs are well-trained enough. There are tours here that offer accommodations in cabins where you could stay or stop by.

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2. Alaska

As a common means of transportation, dogsledding or dog mushing has become both an attraction and sport in Alaska. After the Trail Sled Dog Race every March, you could avail of dogsledding tours in Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Skagway.

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3. Ely, Minnesota

Dubbed as the "Sled Dog Capital of the U.S.", Minnesota is home to a stunning scenery that makes a dogsledding experience even better. There, you could find a lodge that caters to visitors who would like to try this activity. Even as a first-timer, you will surely enjoy the ride because the well-trained dogs, together with a sled dog guide, would tell you what to do and could even let you maneuver your sled.

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Going through snow-covered trails in sleds pulled by mighty Alaskan dogs may not be the usual extreme activity that everyone hopes to experience, but it is definitely an adventure worth remembering. If you'll be taking a trip to experience dogsledding soon, take a SweetEscape photographer with you to capture the best moments on your holiday trip.

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