Two things have happened here in the last week: it’s turned very chilly we’ve even had some snow; and I’ve just finished reading The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, which is set in medieval Russia. I’m now completely caught up in daydreams of snow-white destinations, planning fantasy winter wonderland holidays and wishing for even colder climes.
I’ve mentioned before LINK that I really enjoy planning trips and holidays. Even if we don’t end up taking them, I like the research, lists, and Trello boards. Guy and I talk frequently about dream destinations, places we’d love to visit, and at this time of year my mood is definitely northern-hemisphere-Arctic-Circle.
Here’s a collection of just a few places that are on my winter travel wish list.
The furthest north I have travelled is Oslo. I visited around 14 years ago in winter, and I still t think of the brown cheese, rye bread, and exorbitantly-priced beer. I also remember the blinding white landscape of several feet of snow shovelled to the side of the roads. I’d love to travel to Svalbard, around three hours’ flight further north of Oslo. Since reading about it in The One Memory of Flora Banks, I have been intrigued by this Arctic archipelago, one of the most northern inhabited areas.
I’ve written and talked extensively about my interest in the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, but I still haven’t seen them in all their beautiful clarity. Iceland offers many opportunities for Aurora viewing, as well as gorgeous waterfalls and polar landscape to explore. Rejkavik is a relatively short flight from the UK and I really hope we will get there in the next couple of years.
When I was a child, we hosted a Finnish family as lodgers in my parents’ home. I was enamoured with this wonderful family and their language, books, and stories about Finland. They introduced me to the Moomins and for
This fantasy trip would take me a little further afield. After a 12-hour flight, I would arrive in Vancouver and head to Banff National Park. It’s not quite as random a pick as it might seem: my sister lives in Vancouver so the draw is twofold. And it’s not the opportunity for winter sports that interests me (although there are many), but the vast snowy mountains and beautiful natural park I’d like to see. Want to know a secret? I check Skyscanner weekly to see if I can make this one a reality!