You don’t like winter? Neither do I. Whether you like it or not, winter is certainly the most romantic season of the year, the perfect opportunity to plan a romantic trip. I asked 12 couples of globetrotters to tell me about their most romantic winter getaways. From the great white spaces of Quebec, to the magnificent virgin expanses of Patagonia, to the peaks of the Alps mountains, passing by the northern lights of the northern hemisphere, I promise you that this selection of romantic winter destinations will reconcile you with the winter. No more hibernating!
# 1 LOVER’S COCOONING IN SWITZERLAND
BY ELISA & MAX THE BESTJOBERS
In winter, you have to face the cold, you might be tempted to put yourself in hibernation mode and not move from your home ..! Admit that we’ve all already thought about it? But even if I am a big chilly … I learned to love winter which can offer superb experiences … and in particular in love! You don’t necessarily have to go far or love skiing to enjoy it and feel somewhere else, relaxed and in love. We found happiness in Switzerland, two hours from Geneva, at the station of Diablerets – Villars. Already because we can do lots of activities there. I fell for ski joering, where everyone is pulled by a horse, it’s super fun! Max preferred the descent of the super 7km toboggan run! We fall back in childhood on our racing car which descends the slope at full speed! The adrenaline continues with paragliding and climbing to the glacier, walk on the Peak walk, the suspension bridge at 3000m… it’s great! After all these emotions, the best is yet to come … We return to the chalet and we slip into our little cocoon: a sauna made of wood and glass from which we have a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains. Very warm, in the heart of the snow, it is rather unusual! Just to vary the pleasures, you can also indulge in the “spapéro” while enjoying a glass of wine sitting in the jacuzzi, all outdoors.
When are we going back already?
# 2 ROMANTIC TRIP TO FINLAND, IN NATURE AND SAUNA MODE
BY AMANDINE & FRANÇOIS FROM THE BLOG UN SAC SUR LE DOS
Traveling as a couple in winter is the opportunity to put on the big soft sweater, take out the caps and look for the beautiful snow! Because who says white and cold landscape, says little warm and cozy nest! Ideal for a romantic stay, with beautiful evenings spent by the fireplace… And for me, one of the best places to combine outings in the great outdoors with a charming chalet is northern Europe, for example, Finland.
Over there, it’s winter like in the movies: the one where you taste the freshness and whiteness of the outside then the warmth of a chalet where a wood fire crackles with which to nestle with her lover, a cup of hot chocolate and a good book (and a nice husky as a bonus!).
A trip to Finland in winter is a return to basics, to the basics. A healthy lifestyle, a gentle pace of life. Resumption of contact with nature and with oneself. The detox cure and the break that is good for the soul!
On the program: lakes, forests, nature and good fresh air. An ideal setting for trying out snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowkiting (snow kitesurfing), snowball battles, ice skating, snowmobiling and , of course, to the Finnish sauna with a little dip in the frozen lake between two excursions to the hot sauna!
# 3 SLEEP UNDER THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN LAPLAND
BY CÉLINE AND JÉRÔME FROM THE JE PAPOTE BLOG
Jérôme and I have been in love for 5 years and very quickly we shared a common passion for Lapland. Our first trip dates back to December 2013. We liked this stay in the middle of the polar night so much that we leave every winter for a minimum of 15 days. Our goal: to see more northern lights!
To minimize the budget, we generally leave for a week in Norwegian Lapland where the temperatures never get too low. This allows us to do without accommodation and sleep in our car. The following week, we then join Finnish Lapland and there we rent a comfortable chalet.
When you go out and about with only a car as your “accommodation”, you don’t really look at comfort. What makes us happy in this type of trip is to be able to wake up to magnificent landscapes.
One evening, we watched the sun go down over the sea while having a small barbecue on the rocks. When night fell, the northern lights began to dance. We then took the car back to change spots to take different photos. The sky was all lit up by the dawn and it never stopped. So tired, we decided to put our bed outside to fall asleep under the dawn. It was the most beautiful setting to fall asleep and have sweet dreams! I assure you, we had the right equipment to be able to sleep outside safely ?
# 4 ROMANTIC TRIP TO THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF LOFOTEN IN NORWAY
BY LYDIA & JULIEN FROM THE NOWMADZ BLOG
From Norway, we knew nothing. Or not much. Before leaving, we were careful not to consult too many books, to admire too many photos. We wanted, for once, to discover a place with a fresh look, and the Lofoten – these islands in the north of the country where we had decided to go – seemed to be the perfect place for that. Of course, we knew there were fjords and small houses with red roofs. A few orcas here and there, perhaps. Cod dryers too. And that’s about it.
It is therefore untouched by any preconceived idea that we landed on the islands after a ferry crossing whose tranquility already foreshadowed what could be the result of this romantic trip. Landing on the Lofotens was for us like entering a whole other world, a fantastic universe, a bit like the one sometimes depicted in Tolkien’s works. There, we discovered a whole new form of travel, that which we sometimes nicknamed “slow travel” and which consists in short of doing nothing … or not much. Although admiring Norwegian nature is not easy! You have to get up early in the morning to see the sun rise over the fjords, watch the broom of the seagulls flying above the fishing boats leaving the port. Then we have to get started, take advantage of a lull between two snowstorms to explore the land, always further away, as far as the road can wind. At the end of the afternoon, you have to hurry to take a seat on the banks of the fjord to witness the spectacular colors of the sun setting behind the mountains, adorning the sky with an almost surreal pink. Not to mention the nights, when you don’t sleep, and you spend your eyes riveted to the sky, on the lookout for the northern lights! Ah, that, I tell you, a trip to the Lofoten Islands is not easy! adorning the sky with an almost surreal pink. Not to mention the nights, when you don’t sleep, and you spend your eyes riveted to the sky, on the lookout for the northern lights! Ah, that, I tell you, a trip to the Lofoten Islands is not easy! adorning the sky with an almost surreal pink. Not to mention the nights, when you don’t sleep, and you spend your eyes riveted to the sky, on the lookout for the northern lights! Ah, that, I tell you, a trip to the Lofoten Islands is not easy!
Joking aside, this romantic trip to Norway is at the same time the most romantic, the most unusual and the coldest that we could have done as a couple. Go back there one day? It’s our biggest dream!
# 5 LITTLE PLEASURES AND GREAT EMOTIONS AS A COUPLE IN LES MENUIRES IN THE FRENCH ALPS
BY PAULINE & BENOÎT FROM THE WORLDELSE BLOG
Last January, with my acolyte, my bearded, we went to Les Menuires for a week, a French resort in the heart of Savoy. We are both great lovers of the mountains but above all good epicureans, who like to take advantage of all that stays in the mountains can offer … Good food, sport, relaxation and great walks. We are also big kids, we love animals a little too much and this time we wanted to share this love (not to say this gaga side) by doing our first dog sled ride. It was crazy ! I know that it is an experience that many live and which is not very unusual and yet it was just great! We shared a good time like two big kids with these overexcited hairballs;)
This stay in the mountains, did us the greatest good and yet it is not far or even exotic … This cold, the good places that we tested, the weather which was good during all the time of our stay, all that and even the aches (yes yes, I said epicureans not sporting) made that we got closer during these 5 days.
Like what, useless to go far away sometimes … This stay made us want to leave next year and why not even go back this summer, out of season …
# 6 ROMANTIC TRIP TO USHUAIA, THE END OF THE WORLD
BY XAVIER & SOPHIE FROM THE BLOG DEUX ALLERS SIMPLES
We had never really had the opportunity to travel as a couple in cold countries, or rather cold zone, well so far! A succession of events brought us to Argentina, then, more precisely, to Ushuaia. Finally succession of events, I would say more of a whim, an impulsive choice! Ushuaia is far from being the prettiest city in the world, but it offers an extraordinary environment and surroundings! And then, we still had the chance to sleep … in a youth hostel! Maximum romanticism: D
After that, it’s not the accommodation that counts, a landscape covered with snow already has a pleasantly romantic touch, so add to that the park of Tierra del Fuego, its wild animals, and the whole takes on another dimension! The moment that marked us the most, and that we keep in mind (apart from the sliding competitions on frozen water points: p), will be this little walk along Lake Roca, between horses, foxes, lions sea, forest, before stopping for a few minutes, and appreciating the fact of having no sound nearby. It is such a disturbing sensation, bordering on oppression for our ears, but so enjoyable! This is the first time that we have enjoyed absolute calm, just to be with ourselves. The world was ours!
I like to say that there is no need to go to the other end of the world to enjoy two, but at the End of the World, why not ?
# 7 WINTER CITY TRIP FOR COUPLES IN VILNIUS IN LITHUANIA
BY FABIENNE & BENOÎT FROM THE BLOG NOVO-MONDE
We always loved city trips in Europe but strangely the north had never really attracted us in winter… In February 2015 we however changed the game a little and the chilly that I am put on the layers to leave to discover a European capital not necessarily among the most visited, I named Vilnius!
Vilnius is one of those cities where on paper you don’t necessarily have the impression that there is a lot to visit but once you are there you are literally taken in by its charm and you only have one desire is to continue to explore this small town center listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO or the small independent republic of Užupis. This 0.6km2 self-proclaimed mini republic is a place with a total difference where nothing is to be taken too seriously! Besides, we will note that their “national holiday” is celebrated on April 1… The arty side is found on all the facades, at every street corner so that this resolutely artistic touch will have earned him the nickname of small Lithuanian Montmartre.
During our Lithuanian getaway we also decided to discover the surroundings a bit and left in the direction of Trakai Castle located about thirty kilometers from Vilnius. While the snow had already melted quite a bit in the center of the capital, the surroundings of the castle were still covered with a magnificent white coat. It was therefore in the context of a fairy account that we took advantage of the day to wander in the fresh snow and on the frozen lake behind the castle before going to warm up by the fireside while tasting divine truffles in chocolate in a small local chocolate factory…