Five cold honeymoon destinations
23 Jun 2017
Not everyone is a fan of the summer heat. Here are five alternative honeymoon ideas for those who prefer ice and snow
Summer is finally here, and with it comes sweltering heat and humidity. While this is paradise for some, many people don’t enjoy the sunshine and instead crave bitter wind and a hint of snow. If you fall into that category, don’t despair – here are five destinations you can head to for your honeymoon to escape the heat.
Stay in an Icehotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
For those newlyweds who are feeling a bit more daring, why not try spending a night in the infamous Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden? Temperatures in the hotel are constantly -5 to -7°C even during the summer, and as such you’re provided with expedition-style sleeping bags before you enter your room. There are warm rooms available though, as well as saunas and showers for when the temperature gets too intense. Excursions and activities are also available, such as tours, dog sledding, ice fishing, and more. If you decide to come during the summer, remember that the proximity to the Arctic Circle means there will be 24 hour sunlight.
See the Northern Lights - Tromsø, Norway
Located just 350km north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø in Norway is ideal for seeing the legendary Northern Lights. This beautiful city has a rich history dating back around 11,000 years, and is known as the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ due to it being a starting point for polar expeditions in the 1900s. There are various activities and excursions in the stunning Norwegian landscape surrounding it that you can take part in, such as fjord tours and glacier hikes. You will also find white sandy beaches nearby. Plan your visit for a month between August and April if you want to see the Northern Lights. Between 20 May and 20 July the midnight sun means there is 24 hour sunlight.
Go on an Arctic cruise
The Arctic reaches from eastern Russia to Norway, and is covered in ice for most of the year. Best explored from July to September, as the ice recedes, it boasts diverse scenery, unusual wildlife, and a tremendous history. Many different cruises are available: you can sail for any time between a week and a month, and can choose between destinations. There are even cruises available for the North Pole, but you’ll need to have a big budget.
Ski in Japan – Mount Gassan, Yamagata Prefecture, Japan
When most ski resorts are closing for the off-season, Gassan is only just opening up. Its winter season begins in April and lasts until July, making it perfect for those looking for a getaway from the summer heat. There are 10km of slopes available, and the option to either use one of the five available lifts to ascend or to hike for two hours. If you’re a fan of skiing or snowboarding and are looking for a summer honeymoon in the snow, Gassan is a great option.
Visit a glacier – Juneau, Alaska
The capital city of Alaska is Juneau, a small town that sits between Mount Juneau, Mount Roberts, and the Gastineau Channel. Its most iconic attraction is the Mendenhall Glacier, which can be found in the Tongass National Forest just a short drive from downtown. Watch icebergs calve off its frozen face into Mendenhall Lake, go for a hike, or check out the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Centre. Other local excursions include whale watching, helicopter tours of the Juneau Icefield, and dog sledding.