Winter active

The fascination for the Nordic regions lies in the extremes. In the harsh and barren landscapes of the North you’ll find warm hospitality, cosy retreats and a genuine love for the outdoors. The contrast between the freezing cold outside and the atmospheric warmth inside is unique to the high North. Without the experience of inhaling the crisp winter air, the glowing warmth of the fireplace would only feel half as rewarding. Two Nordic lifestyle concepts stand behind this contrast: hygge and friluftsliv.

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What to expect from a Nordic winter

Hygge-the art of living cosily

The Danish concept of living well combines cosiness with homeliness. A hyggelig moment means to relax by the fireplace cupping your hands around a mug of a steaming hot chocolate. Wrapped up in a woolen blanket you listen to the crackling fire, you feel content and at home. 

Though hygge stems from Denmark, it has taken the Nordic countries by storm. In cosy cabins, remote mountain lodges are the perfect place to snuggle up in hygge style. Please get in touch if you are looking for a holiday with a hygge focus.  

Friluftsliv-connecting with nature

The Norwegian word loosely translating into ‘the love of being outside’ drives Scandinavians outside at all times of the year. It is about connecting with nature, whilst being active outside. The idea to gently connect, rather than to conquer, can take many shapes and sizes. In winter, this could be going ice fishing, snowshoeing or dog sledding in the peaceful wilderness. To make the most of this immersive experience it is best to take it slowly and to simply marvel the beauty of the snowy landscapes adorned by a pastel-coloured sky as a backdrop. In an abundance of wilderness cabins, resorts and lodges, Friluftsliv-inspired activities are on offer.

See the Northern Lights 

To many travellers the Northern Lights viewing the Northern Lights is a priority. There are many ways of boosting your chances to see them by joining guided tours or by simply choosing a cabin stay far away from the light pollution of the city

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Encounter the gentle giants of the sea

Since many land locked animals are hibernating during winter time, it is best to turn to the Arctic Sea. In the cold waters around Northern Norway and Tromso humpbacks and orca feed on fish and algae between November and January.

Explore our whale watching holidays

Become a dog musher

To say that your pack of huskies will be eager to dash through the snow with your sled is probably an understatement. The canine bundles of energy are in their element as soon as you, the dog musher, give the signal to mush. 

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Go on a snowmobiling expedition 

Pace across frozen lakes, skiing slopes or deserted forest tracks on this adrenaline-fuelled winter adventure. To drive the snow mobiles you need to have a valid driver's licence. Younger children can usually travel by sled pulled by the guide’s snow mobile. The older ones can travel as passengers. 

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Go downhill skiing 

Regardless of whether you are a rooky, intermediate or pro on the slope, the Nordic countries and Canada are home to varied skiing terrain, which caters for all needs. 

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Go reindeer sledding 

A reindeer expedition guided by Santa’s eager helpers are a great way to explore the wilderness. Children of all ages can join the journey taking your family through the untouched wilderness. The tours which are often conducted by local Sami people are also a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the traditional lifestyle of the semi-nomadic community. 

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Experience the best of Nordic winter

The prospect of guaranteed snow, untouched wilderness and cosy accommodation suited to romantic couples and families is the sound of music in the ears of winter holidaymakers. At Magnetic North Travel we have specialised in picking the best stays and activities for your Nordic winter holiday. Below we selected the best Nordic lodges for those who love to try many different winter holidays. 

  • Can be tailor-made
  • Combine with a city stay
  • Ask us about the different activities available

Nellim Wilderness Lodge

4 nights

Tucked away in the heart of Finnish Lapland's winter forests lies wilderness hotel Nellim. Here adventures including dog sledding, snow mobiling and cross-country skiing await. Aurora chasers wil be delighted to hear that Nelim records up to 200 Aurora sightings each year. 


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Brandon Lodge

4 nights

A trip to the family-friendly Brandon Lodge takes guests to the frozen Swedish archipelago. At the doorsteps of this wilderness lodge an abundance of snow-related adventures await including dog-sledding, wilderness walks and snow mobile jaunts to the small islands surrounding the lodge. 

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Ongajok Mountain Lodge

3 nights

Deep in mountaineous Norwegian Lapland lies a cosy mountain lodge featuring a wide palette of cultural and outdoorsy activities ranging from Sami experiences, snow shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. 

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