When many of us think of a romantic honeymoon, we picture lounging by the pool or swimming in crystal clear waters by day and al fresco dinners that go long into the hot summer’s night. However, there is something equally dreamy about rugging up and exploring winter wonderlands on your honeymoon, and filling your days with icy outdoor adventures, arm-in-arm to keep each other cozy!
We speak to travel expert Naomi Neilson about the best places to go in the world over the next few months for a winter escape.
There are so many breathtakingly beautiful places across the globe that are celebrated for their dusting of snow and crisp, mountain air. If you’re heading to the romance of the cold for your honeymoon, you may also experience the bonus of the stunning Northern Lights or clear night skies that shine bright with thousands of stars. If you’re an adventurous and sporty couple, pack your skis and head up the picturesque Swiss Alps. Or if you prefer the comfort of a warm crackling fire and a place with a cosy heart, check out some enchanted historic towns. Every honeymooning couple can find somewhere perfect in the world to chase the cold!
The stunningly beautiful city of Zurich is a winter wonderland. With the advantages of sitting on the river and a lake, and being close to the Swiss Alps, this romantic honeymoon destination has some of the most breathtaking views in Switzerland. Dotted with an array of scenic locations and attractions, Zurich is the absolute perfect place to start chasing the cold.
For the best place to stay, check out the Baur au Lac, the leading hotel in Zurich for more than 170 years. Not only does this hotel offer luxury and unique views of the lake and the Swiss Alps, it is also conveniently close to the celebrated shopping high street. To get the most out of your getaway, take a cosy stroll through Old Town. In Zurich you can also indulge in spas and pampering, spend a day exploring the museums, and take advantage of the winter sporting thrills and go skiing or ice-skating.
If you and your beloved are considering spending your honeymoon in a colder climate, but you’re not quite ready to commit to snow, then Iceland is a perfect choice. Not only does the small town of Hella barely see snow, it’s incredibly romantic underneath the Northern Lights.
Make sure you take the time to explore some of Iceland’s most beautiful scenery, like the glaciers and hot springs. Seek out the incredible natural beauty of the Golden Circle to marvel at the national parks and waterfalls, and experience some of the best of Iceland. After a full day of exploring, come back to the gorgeous Hotel Ranga. Here you can relax into a private hot tub or enjoy the acclaimed restaurant underneath the Northern Lights.
Lapland, Northern Finland
This snow covered region in Northern Finland is stunning. If you time your honeymoon just right you can be sure to be greeted by the Northern Lights every night. With September through to March being the best time to go, a honeymooning couple can always expect to enjoy the cold from the sleds pulled by reindeers as well as other winter adventures including skiing and ice-swimming.
It’s hard to really grasp just how breathtaking Lapland is. The incredibly alluring natural scenery offers some of the best views in the world, and if you’re staying over December and January, you will also get to experience the polar nights, a unique spectacular to witness at least once in your lifetime. For the best views, consider the unique Kakslauttanen where you can sleep in adorable igloo rooms and watch the Northern Lights through glass roofs.
Old Quebec, Canada
Quebec in Canada has been preserved for over 400 years, so walking through the cobblestone streets and experiencing the European feel of the lovely neighbourhoods is like stepping back in time to a more romantic age. As a UNESCO World Heritage site it’s no surprise the walled city wraps you in its historic charm and immerses you in an unforgettable journey.
It would be impossible to miss the history of Quebec when you’re there. Historic neighbourhoods and attractions are only a minute’s walk from any number of the hotels so you’re sure to always be in the centre of art and culture. For the most romantic historic experience, check out the Hotel Le Clas Saint-Louis Quebec, an authentic Victorian hotel in the heart of the city.
Sitting in the junction between France, Switzerland and Italy, the adorable resort area of Chamonix also sits at the base of Mont Blac, which gives visitors the amazing opportunity to take a trip up the mountains for panoramic views. With so much on offer, Chamonix is perfect for the adventurous couple with advanced alpine ski experience, or those simply looking for relaxation.
In Chamonix, enjoy candlelit dinners at any number of the hotels. For the best eating under the stars, consider Hotel Le Hameau Albert 1 er or Hotel Les Grands Montents. Not only do they offer outstanding cuisine, they are also incredibly luxurious. Spend your honeymoon either underneath the stars or enjoying a sunset picnic on the mountains. Either way, you’re sure to be caught up in the beauty.
Ms Zigzag says: Outdoor adventures by day and warm, cozy fires by night sets the scene for a very romantic honeymoon indeed!