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While most people dream of visiting somewhere exceedingly hot during the UK’s winter months I, on the other hand, dream of going somewhere really cold. Really, really cold (just as long as there’s a warm bath or hot chocolate waiting for me mind you). There’s just something about going out into the cold to adventure. If you’re looking for some snowy and icy adventures then look no further!
My ice cold adventures are pretty limited thus far. I’ve had pretty chilly skiing trips and when I used to row being out on the river as the sun rises was usually pretty icy too. I’d love to have some more ice cold adventures though and Iceland, which features below, is on my wish list for this year.
Argentina for Ice Climbing
Patagonia is Argentina’s southern most point and the gateway to Antarctica. In Ushuaia you have access to many an ice cold adventure but if you’re going to ice climb anywhere it’s got to be in the southern most town in the World, right?
Ushuaia isn’t as cold as you’d imagine though as the area is heavily forested, giving you a little protection and warmth. Average temperatures in July are about 1.6 degrees celcius, so whilst you’ll have to wrap up warm it’s not as ice cold as what’s coming up…
Finland for Dog Sledding
Dog sledding always looks like incredible fun and the practice of using dogs to pull sleds in Finland dates back about 3000 years when working dogs were used for transportation and hunting. Average temperatures here are between -22 to -3 degrees but in Northern Finland they can drop as low as -50!
Iceland for Glacier Hiking
Whilst you could just stay warm in the Blue Lagoon why not go a bit further afield and travel to Sólheimajökull? Here you can climb some glaciers and learn more about their formation.
The Sólheimajökull is approximately 11km long and most trips will also include a little bit of ice climbing too. Just don’t look down!
Japan for a Hot Tub With Wild Monkeys
During Japan’s snowy months, the macaque monkeys have learnt to keep warm by monkeying around by the hot springs.
Either get in the hot springs with them at Karakukan, or watch from the side as the monkeys wash each other, play and just generally chill out – it’s a hard life being a monkey.
Canada for Polar Bear Spotting
Head to Canada, or Dymond Lake to be more precise, for the ultimate in Ice Cold Adventures: Polar bear spotting. These cuddly (but pretty dangerous) animals can be spotted in Canada from rather cool looking tundra buggies.
It’s not just the buggies that are cool in Canada though – average temperatures here are a -21 degrees Celsius. Expect frosted beards and hair if you make the mistake of leaving it on show!