Top Unusual Winter Activities Around the World

03 Jan 2017 by Olga Brighton

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Some people think that skiing and snowboarding are all there is to winter, but this is definitely not the case. There are so many other exhilarating, surprising, and unusual top winter activities that can spice up your winter and make it a whole lot more interesting. All around the world, you can turn to these activities and make any winter break the winter of your life:

Dog Sledding

Husky mushing

Dog sledding, or mushing, is now increasingly popular. Wrap up warm, sit tight and enjoy the ride while a team of beautiful huskies pulls you along through an idyllic snowy landscape. There are plenty of excursions available which range from a short afternoon or morning trips to full on holiday experiences over days combining mushing, trekking and sometimes river rafting depending on your location.

Paddle in the Moonlight (Northern Ireland)

Imagine paddling a double-sea kayak with only the moonlight and the stars to guide you. You will see the surrounding scenery at night and the nocturnal world will come alive before your very eyes. In the winter months, a paddle usually lasts 3 hours.

Read also: Niceland: Choose Iceland for Your Winter Vacation

Dip in Icy Water with a Polar Bear Swim (Canada)

Freezing cold water? No problem. The “polar bear swim” or plunge is perhaps one of the most crazy experiences you can subject yourself to, but it’s a story you can definitely tell your children and grandchildren. In Vancouver, the annual polar bear swim club has over 2,000 registered participants, so imagine plunging into icy cold water with all of them. It sure is a lot of fun!

Try Reindeer Sledding with the Sami (Norway)

Reindeer sledding

Hop on a sled and let reindeer guide you through the picturesque white terrain of Northern Norway. Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, this will give you an idea of the way of life of the ancient Sami, Norway’s indigenous people. For an experience you will never forget, adrenaline junkies can also opt to stand on skis while being pulled by reindeer.

Go Speed Flying (Switzerland)

If you want extreme, nothing could be more extreme than combining skydiving and skiing. Imagine being dropped on top of a mountain by a helicopter with your parachute and skis on, then skiing (or flying) on your way down the terrain. This sport takes both skiing and skydiving into an entirely new level, and it definitely is not for the faint of heart. The feeling of flying through mountainous terrain is unlike any other.

Whatever part of the world you find yourself in, it’s better to make sure that your winter sports travel insurance is already set. Travel can open your eyes to new experiences and adventures, but it’s always better to be on the safe side. With the right winter sports travel insurance package, you get to enjoy your holiday and the activities you’ve planned without worrying about any untoward incident. This makes winter so much more enjoyable.

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