Top 10 Idyllic Winter Villages

Top 10 Idyllic Winter Villages

Are you dreaming about having a romantic holiday in a small adorable village, which provides a cozy shelter during harsh winter? Look no further as we have made a list of ten beautiful small towns, that combine winter with fun. Check them out!

10. Tasiilaq, Greenland

Founded in 1894, Tasiilaq is the biggest town in Eastern Greenland. Located on the cost and overlooking the sea, the port city and its signature colorful houses welcome tourists all year round. Tasiilaq has only 2000 inhabitants, therefore one can still find a tranquil getaway even in this relatively busy city.

Why to go there?

Get there by plane or to King Oscar’s Harbour by boat. There you can find numerous outdoor activities all year round, since tourism is very well developed in Tasiilaq.

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9. Breidavik, Iceland

Here the most westerly church in Europe is found! Situated on the beach Breidavik church is exposed to the severe weather and is surrounded with fjords. The guesthouses are also scattered in the breathtaking environment of this region.

Why to go there?

Puffin-watching is the main attraction to this small community, as well as nature – the dramatic coast varies from the steep cliffs to the sandy beaches.

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Photo by Peter Negatsch

Breidavik-Photo by Peter Negatsch

Photo by Peter Negatsch

Breidavik-Photo by Bruno Enrico

Photo by Bruno Enrico

8. Jokkmokk, Sweden

The town is found in the Arctic Circle and provides a true winter, with lots of snow and low temperatures. It has been a center of trade for indigenous Sami people, who would come to the Jokkmokk’s Winter Market trade reindeer skins. The next market is coming soon. Meanwhile in the restaurants visitors can try traditional Sami foods: reindeer meat, morels and poached char fish served with forest herbs.

Why to go there?

Made by an experienced sculptor, the ice houses welcome visitors to spend a night in this authentic hut. Temperatures drop around -5° C at night, but guests are given thermal sleeping bags and reindeer skin that keep them warm. This is one of the most challenging yet exciting winter destinations for sure!

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7. Jamnik, Kranj, Slovenia

Situated on the Jelovica Plateau, the small village is a truly picturesque place in the country. The location is indeed stunning: the plateau features lush forests, part of the Ljubljana Basin, surrounded with Julian Alps from north and the Kamnik Alps from the east. The church of Saints Primus and Felician is the most famous attraction here. Built on the top of a hill, overlooking those wonderful panoramic views, the sanctuary must move the soul.

Why to go there?

Admire the breathtaking views. The village is small and apart from the panoramic sites there is not much to do. Visitors come here on their way to Kranj or skiing resorts in Krvavec and Vogel.

Jamnik-Photo by Igor Gratzer

Photo by Igor Gratzer

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6. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

The place is often referred as the most beautiful ski destination in the world. The dramatic landscape is defined by the Dolomites. Italians are masters of aesthetics and there is plenty of it here: from the nature, to the fancy boutiques, restaurants and hotels. Also a good place to find some fine wines.

Why to go there?

Chic resort, great not too expensive dining and accommodation options, not too crowded, great for the beginners and intermediates.

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5. Banff, Alberta, Canada

Embedded in the middle of National Park and surrounded with mountainous landscape. The town is a popular tourist attraction, providing plenty of picturesque sites and activities, that include climbing, skiing, cycling and more. Meanwhile Banff Avenue is at the heart of the town. It features numerous cafes, restaurants, shops and museums. The main street features historic architecture, which is interesting to explore.

Why to go there?

Various all year round activities; a beautiful avenue in the center of the town, which provides a romantic night out.

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4. Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Saariselkä, Finland

Surrounded with Urho Kekkonen National Park, found in Lapland – the Santa Clause land – the hotel is unique indeed. The separate glass igloos offer privacy, great views behind the windows and exclusive experience. Besides visiting Santa there are many fun winter activities the guests can choose from.

Why to go there?

To explore the surroundings go on a safari with huskies, reindeer or snowmobiles. Ice-fishing and skiing are also very popular. And, of course, you will get the real Nordic winter.

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3. Hamnøy, Lofoten Islands, Norway

The oldest fishing village in the stunning Lofoten archipelago is small, but unbelievably beautiful. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque villages in the municipality of Moskenes, which is also a popular tourist destination due to its scenic and unspoiled nature. Visitors are accommodated in the original fishermen cabins – the oldest one is from the 1890s. Today all the facilities are installed inside, including internet, and provide a cozy stay in this wild region.

Why to go there?

Tourists can rent boats and bikes, go hiking and fishing – winter is the cod season. Local museums and galleries introduce to the culture and history of the region. And even annual Feelgood Jazzfest is being held here!

Hamnoy-Photo by Luca Venturi

Photo by Luca Venturi

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Photo by Martin Sojka

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Photo by Jan Zwilling

2. Tromso, Norway

Also known as the capital of the Arctic, Tromso is your next favorite winter destination. The biggest city in the Northern Norway is the best place to admire the Aurora Borealis – one of the main attractions in the Arctic Circle. Incidentally Tromso drops in the zone where the Northern Lights are visible for about 6 hours a day! There are numerous of other activities that include museums, great food and picturesque Nordic views as well.

Why to go there?

The best place to see the Northern Lights. A very Nordic-like town with rich cultural life and plenty activities.

Tromso-Photo by Yngve Blomsø

Photo by Yngve Blomsø

Tromso-Photo by Roslin Zuha

Photo by Roslin Zuha

Hamnoy-Photo by Bard Loken

Photo by Bard Loken

1. Hallstatt, Salzkammergut, Austria

Situated on the banks of the Hallstätter lake, the idyllic village has a very long history, that dates back thousands of years. Hallstatt also has the oldest known salt mine and has been producing salt since the Late Neolithic Age. In winter the village attracts skiers and snowboarders, who come to enjoy the snow and mountains. The salt mine and its tower, from which a gorgeous panoramic views open, offers a fun day trip for the families.

Why to go there?

The romantic village is a popular tourist attraction, since it provides a surprising amount of entertainment.

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