With little being more beautiful than a snow capped forest, mountain range for a view or a frozen lake. We can safely say that some of the most beautiful and picturesque locations in the world are in colder climates. Therefore, here is S’No Queen’s list of beautifully cold locations for you to head out to this winter, or cool off in this summer.
This is a beautiful 19th century German castle in the southern region of Germany. The castle itself sits just over the border from Austria on the very edge of the Alps and in turn, it looks like a winter wonderland during the colder months. The alpine characteristics of the castle combined with its sheer size and the high levels of snow really make the whole location come alive. The castle is not the only beautiful attraction here however; you can also see the rolling moors to one side of you and the snow-capped Alps to the other, meaning that there is an aesthetical natural beauty in every direction once you reach the castle itself.
When you bring into account there is a ski resort a short walk from the castle, it makes it almost a no brainer to head over to the location and see the castle in all of its might.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland, one of the arguably most beautiful countries in the world through both summer and winter. The country its self is located in northern Europe on a small island out in the Norwegian Sea, just on the mid Atlantic ridge between Europe and the Americas. This unique placement gives the island a range of landscapes ranging from the volcanic to the beautifully scenic that tourists on the island and come to know and love. The city within the island boasts views out to sea of the icebergs and during the winter offers views into the forest and mountain land of Iceland. This coupled with the layers of snow that blanket the picturesque city streets and small log cabins on the edges of the city make it a desirable place to visit.
Factoring in the huge shopping district in the city centre, if you want to be able to pick up a garment of designer clothing from one of the Icelandic designers in the region, you can be sure nobody else has it and this is the only city to head to.
British Columbia sits just north of America on the west coast of Canada, the region its self is home to various mountain ranges but is better known as “the Rockies” the vast majority of people internationally. Although the mountains are beautiful all year round, the midsummer and mid winter offer the most amazing views out of the year. The midwinter boasts snow capped mountains, fir trees covered in snow and ice along with backcountry skiing in some of the most picturesque locations in the world. Whilst the summer brings endless Nordic views of pine forests and rocky cliff faces, near enough every stereotype regarding the Rockies beauty, tucked away caves and amazing wildlife is true.
Shimla is a small picturesque village at the foot of the Himalayas and in turn offers a wide range of cultures from all parts of the mountain villages and the Indian community. In the winter the snow of the region can flood the village and create many beautiful views, even more so if you brave into the Himalayan foothills and perch yourself looking out over the lower Himalayas. The endless views of the rolling mountains covered in pine forests and small village clearings makes for a once in a lifetime view.
Tromso is the northern most heavily inhabited city in the world, nestled in the northern most regions of Norway. The city sits in the region of Troms within a small valley and in turn shelters the city from a majority of the harsh winds, which can ravage cities in that latitude. The cities high level of shelter, modernised streets, affluent nature and picturesque views make it the ultimate place to be able to spend your winter if you want amazing scenery. There is even a high chance of seeing the northern lights from within the cities limits.
Tromso is also the shopping capital of the region with a large commercial area within the city bringing merchants from across the north of the country.
Longyearbyen is a small island north of Europe, which gives views of the northern lights along with various glaciers and snow deserts. Although this location is the coldest we have mentioned, if you love cold locations its certainly one of the best. The majority of the traffic here consists of snowmobiles, aircraft and ships as the group of islands cannot be navigated as easily by cars and other road vehicles; in turn, if you love a holiday where you can relax in the piece and quiet in a remote location and have a very strong chance of seeing the northern lights. This location could be for you.
Remember, all of these locations can easily all below freezing to its important to ensure you take your S’No Queen thermal wear to stay warm.