When you hear about countries like Canada, Iceland, and Switzerland, your first thought is probably snow-capped mountain peaks or powdery slopes. There’s a reason why these destinations are so popular in the winter months but don’t rule them out if you’re looking for a summer vacation destination. Here are just some of the reasons you should pay these winter wonders a visit in the warmer months.
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Canada is such a beautiful and diverse country, and it will enchant and enthrall you no matter what time of year you visit. The ski resorts of Whistler, Banff, and Mont Tremblant come alive when the snow falls, but you won’t find deserted hotels and ghost towns if you happen to visit when the skies are blue, and the sun is shining. There’s a host of activities on offer during the spring and summer months, including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. If you book accommodation options like Hotel Chateau Beauvallon in Mont Tremblant, you’ll have access to a golf course, cycling tours, falconry classes, Nordic hot baths, rafting and ATV tours on your doorstep. If you stay in Whistler, you can try many of the same adrenalin-pumping activities or opt for something more mellow if you choose to take part in the Wanderlust festival, which celebrates yoga and mindfulness.
Iceland has emerged as one of the most popular winter holiday destinations, but its magic and mystery don’t disappear when the snow melts. The spring and summer months boast clear skies and long days, and there’s so much on offer. The mountain tracks and waterfront rambles are a hiker’s dream, and you can kayak and cycle to your heart’s content. Take a tour of the Golden Circle, watch the thundering torrents fall at Gullfoss Waterfall, and wait for the hot springs to erupt. Meet the famous Icelandic horses or book a whale watching excursion. If you’re keen to explore, hire a car and head away from the bright city lights of Reykjavik. You can complete a comprehensive tour of the island in around 7 days.
Switzerland in the snow is a sight to behold, but you won’t be disappointed if you plan a trip to Zermatt, Grindelwald or Davos long after the white stuff has disappeared. In its place lie endless fields and meadows filled with wildflowers, and you can see the hills and mountains in all their verdant glory. If you’re an adventurous traveller, seize the opportunity to test your mettle on the rugged hiking or biking tracks or take it easy with a day of fishing or a round of golf. If you’re more inclined to chill out, there are some excellent spa facilities on offer.
When it comes to choosing a summer holiday destination, sometimes, it’s good to embrace change. If you’re looking for something a little different to the traditional beach break, why not pay one of these wonderful winter destinations a visit? You’ll be treated to vistas of incredible scenery and amazing activities, and you won’t have to battle your way through crowds to get the best views.