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Dreaming of White Blankets and Ski Chalets

Incase you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of snow and mountains. There’s nothing better than a white holiday. As much as I do love the sunshine, whenever I go away, I don’t usually come back with a tan. As always, S and I haven started looking at more destination.

We went to Norway at the beginning of the year and tried our hand at cross-country skiing. It’s the first time I’d been in year, and S had never been before. Now he wants to hit bigger slopes, so we considered checking out Iglu Ski and independent sites. We’re pretty sure where we are going next now (all will be revealed soon). But here are some places that made the shortlist!

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Hemsedal, Norway

Hemsedal has craggy and wooded mountains called the Scandinavian Alps. Here you’ll find some of the best skiing in Norway, with ski slopes served up to 1,500 meters.

Hemsedal is great if you’re looking for a quiet and more relaxed ski resort. This is because Hemsedal is not as large as some alpine ski resorts, and manages to keep a quaint, village feel as a result. This also means that it’s perfect for families. At the resort’s base, there’s even the largest children’s ski area in Norway.

Hemsedal has quality and reliable snow all year round, even when the Alps struggle, this, combined with the well-manicured slopes means that it’s a great little spot.

Dreaming of White Blankets and Ski Chalets | UK Lifestyle Blog

Chamonix, France

If you’re a family with a variety of different experience levels, then Chamonix is the place for you. There’s so much skiing here that it’s split into areas, with multiple slopes for all experience levels. You can see them all here on this ski map. You can even take on what’s known as “Le Grand Ski”.

With tremendously long slopes, free ride skiing and off-piste skiing all available, you’ll never get bored of the slopes here. There’s even slopes specifically for beginners, so they can learn at their own pace and you’ll never get stuck in traffic.

Chamonix hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and it’s now all-mountain skiing. Professional guides are also available if you’re looking to test yourself to your limits off-piste while the children take advantage of the children’s slopes.

Dreaming of White Blankets and Ski Chalets | UK Lifestyle Blog

Verbier, Switzerland

Finally, consider Verbier in Switzerland. It’s the main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area. It mainly attracts youthful, sporty clientele, so it’s great if you’re heading there with adolescents. There’s a bustling nightlife and lots of sun.

Nearly 100 lifts access more than 400km worth of runs, including off-piste Alps slopes. If you travel to the top of Mont Fort, you can see as far as Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. When you’re 3,300 meters up, there’s plenty of stunning scenery to take in.

2018-06-04T01:01:45+00:00 June 18, 2016|Travel|

6 Reasons You Should Swap your Swimsuit for a Snowmobile

6 Reasons You Should Swap your Swimsuit for a Snowmobile | UK Lifestyle Blog

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the sun and sea – but equally – I can’t resist a snowy holiday. When I return from a getaway in Norway, upload a photo on top of Mount Snowdon or tell them I’m wild camping in Scandinavia, I get two reactions:

  • Reaction 1: “Don’t you feel the cold?”
  • Reaction 2: “Oh my God! That looks incredible, I wish I could go somewhere like that!”

For the record, I’m always cold but with the right gear, it’s not a problem. What I don’t understand though, is why people say they wish they could go there, but don’t! Don’t tell me it’s money, I see you sipping cocktails in a bikini on Facebook.

When we went to Norway, flights started from £5 each way – which let’s be honest, you can’t get any cheaper! Every time we book a trip, we make sacrifices and trade tan lines for aching feet. I appreciate it sounds a little mental, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

6 Reasons You Should Swap your Swimsuit for a Snowmobile | UK Lifestyle Blog

I’d love to be able to afford some winter sun occasionally, but to be honest, even if I could, there still SO much I want to do in cold countries. From mountain treks to snowmobiling safaris, the list is forever growing!

What’s the big fuss? Here’s my 6 reasons I’m booking a snowmobile tour this year 😉

Unusual locations

The Canary Islands. Turkey. Spain. France. These are all the traditional holiday spots, and it seems the world is full of people who have visited them. Lesser known for their holiday pursuits are the Nordic countries. This is a great shame, given all these unique lands have to offer. I mean GREENLAND!? COM’ON!

Travelling doesn’t have to be about visiting a vast array of places purely for the sake of it. However, it can be nice to have a less-often seen stamp in your passport to cement your place as a world traveller.

Stunning scenery

Instagram is full of photos of beautiful sunsets, to the point where they have become a cliche. Visiting Norway or similar can be a breath of fresh air for your followers as they finally see something a little different. Sweeping vistas of huge mountains, deep fjords and photographs of snowy landscapes can bring a whole new perspective to you also.

A photo posted by NORWAY (@mittnorge) on

You’re in control

After a brief tutelage on how to control a snowmobile, it’s yours for the driving. Unlike a regular desert safari where a guide will be behind the wheel, with this type of holiday, you can choose where you go. If you want to stop and pause, or just explore somewhere new, it’s your decision.

Room to breathe

The vastness of the landscape will help, but the simple fact is that the countries that offer this type of adventure are less-visited. This means if you wish to escape the usual tourist traps, then try going off the usual holiday trail on a safari or hike. Especially while out in the snow, you can travel miles without seeing another soul but those in your party.

6 Reasons You Should Swap your Swimsuit for a Snowmobile | UK Lifestyle Blog

And after the snow…

Stepping out the usual doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a night out on the tiles to let your hair down. Helsinki and Reykjavik are particularly highly thought of as destinations for the world’s leading DJs. In common with much of Sweden and Norway, they also have thriving club and live music scenes. Just because it isn’t a named club in Ibiza doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy that side of a holiday.

Get in touch with the adventurous side of yourself, all while experiencing things few people have the gumption to try. You may be exhausted and tested, but there’s no doubt a snowmobile safari offers a unique and rewarding experience.

2018-06-04T01:01:45+00:00 June 6, 2016|Travel|

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway

Okay, this isn’t much of a throwback! But since I’m booking my next two holidays during my lunch break I thought I’d share my photo diary of when I surprised my boyfriend with tickets to Norway for Christmas.

It was truly magical, and we couldn’t have been luckier with the weather we had. I cannot wait to head back in the summer and visit the gorgeous Fjords in the sunshine. Hopefully this post will give you a little inspiration to go and explore Norway 🙂

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

Throwback Thursday: Exploring Norway | UK Lifestyle Blog

2018-06-04T01:01:44+00:00 March 31, 2016|Travel|
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