dnata Travel’s resident globetrotter, Emily Williams, selects the best destinations for winter holidays
Keen to hit the snowy slopes this season? Join the winter sports enthusiasts heading to St. Moritz. This picture-perfect town in the Swiss Alps has hosted the Winter Olympics twice, has an outdoor Olympic ice rink and its frozen lake hosts cricket, polo, and even horse racing on ice. It’s the perfect destination for people of all skiing abilities, and there’s the much vaunted après ski scene to experience, too.
Festive markets will soon be popping up in the historic city of Prague. One of Europe’s most picturesque cities, it transforms into a winter wonderland at this time of year and is the ultimate place to embark on a festive market tour. You’ll find stalls scattered across its major public spaces, but the biggest and most popular are located at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, which are just a 10-minute stroll apart.
Wander through the Old Town of Québec City and immerse yourself in this fairy-tale winter village. The walled city of Vieux-Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Plus, it’s home to the only ice hotel in North America. Hôtel de Glace is rebuilt entirely every year with a new theme. There are four ski resorts just a short drive time away, with snow tubing and snow sliding just a couple of the activities to throw yourself into.
It’s the best time of year to see the northern lights from Iceland, with the hours of darkness extended during winter. Reykjavik (pictured), the northernmost capital of the world, is an ideal place to stay. Other experiences you can have there include visiting the Blue Lagoon natural geothermal spa, as well as joining the famous Golden Circle tourist route known for its geysers, waterfalls and beautiful national park vistas.