With temperatures dropping, don’t let winter doldrums set in. Bundle up and embrace the cold (albeit the bone-chilling, artic-blasting cold of recent days) with some of our favorite things to do in winter.

1. Sleep in an ice hotel.

If you aren’t afraid of a little cold or a bed made out of ice, spend an unforgettable night in an ice hotel. Chill out in a luxury igloo full of hard-carved ice sculptures and cozy fur hides to keep you warm at night.

2. Toast with a decadent drink.

The ideal cure for a winter chill? A cocktail to warm you up. Toast to shorter days with these 10 cold-weather cocktails, from a traditional hot toddy to an innovative dry-ice-infused concoction.

3. Take an icy plunge.
What better way to plunge into 2014 than with an icy dip! There are still New Year dips taking place throughout January, or head to Finland where ice swimming is a popular custom all winter long.

4. Hit the slopes.

Does the approaching Winter Olympics have you dreaming of swishing down the world’s best ski slopes? Powderhounds and beginning skiers alike, channel your inner Olympian and plan your next alpine adventure.

5. Go ice skating.  

Nothing says winter more than a spin around an outdoor ice rink. From an ice rink on the beach to a rink with Mt. Fuji in the background, we’ve found the coolest places to ice skate with a view.

6. Warm up fireside.  

Don’t ski? Watch the action on the slopes inside by a roaring fire. Or après-ski, grab a hot cocoa and your sweetie and cuddle up in front of these cozy hotel fireplaces.

7. Take in the northern lights.

Thought last year was supposed to be the best time to witness the elusive and awe-inspiring northern lights? Good news, it seems 2013’s aurora borealis displays will be nothing compared this year’s.  So pack your thermals and head to places like Iceland’s Lake Myvatn and Anchorage, AK, to take in Mother Nature’s spectacular light show.

 

More Winter Travel:  

Sexiest Ski Chalets
Winter Olympics in Sochi
Best All-Inclusive Resorts for 2014

3 Responses

  1. Sandy Turnbull says:

    Wow!! I loved the idea of sleeping in an Ice Hotel!! I live in a state where there is hardly any rainfall,forget about snow!! This idea is fascinating me.

  2. VeganWinter says:

    I would want to go to a tropical paradise, and get a winter tan.

  3. Aileen says:

    Northern lights,skiing ,fireside,skating,you be in paradise.Sign me up:)

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Kathleen RellihanKathleen Rellihan is a digital producer, writer and editor for TravelChannel.com. A Washington, DC, resident, Kathleen's love for adventure travel has inspired her to sleep in an ice hotel in...

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