Wanderlust doesn’t have to be all about sunlust and adventuring doesn’t have to be a fair weather exercise. Winterlust is all about seeing the beauty that the change in seasons can bring.
The winter period in Europe can sometimes feel like it’s never going to end and it can be difficult to keep your adventurous spirit alive during the colder months. Oftentimes all you want to do is hibernate on the sofa until the weather (and your bank balance) have recovered from the holiday season.
But winter travel can be just as rewarding as its sunnier counterpart; in this post I’ve curated some of my favourite Winterlust activities to inspire you (and me) to make the best of the cold months ahead of us.
Hunting the Northern Lights in Iceland
The ultimate winter travel expedition has got to be to see the Northern Lights. In January 2017 I took a trip with my close friends to Iceland, in the hope of glimpsing the elusive Aurora Borealis. It was an incredible trip and Iceland truly is a breathtakingly beautiful country.
Read ‘How to See the Northern Lights | Expectation vs Reality‘ to discover more about what it’s really like hunting for the Northern Lights.
If I can’t explore further afield for my winter travels then I love to visit the miles of coastline that encompass my home county of Norfolk. Although it can be pretty bracing, from November until around February time there are large seal colonies that come ashore to have their seal pups – its a pretty wonderful sight to witness.
Although Europe isn’t a top destination for weather during wintertime, what it lacks in warmth and blue skies, it makes up for in yuletide charm (and Christmas markets). Being British, I live on the doorstep of Europe. When I’m feeling brave enough, I can cram a visit to one of the many cities that the continent has to offer into one weekend (or in the case of Paris, 24 hours).
“The Best Adventures Start at 4am.” – My Highway to Happiness