For many people, getting away during the Christmas holidays is not simply about celebrating the festivities somewhere else, it is about making the most of the time off and enjoying a sense of adventure in winter surroundings, often learning new skills and developing a new hobby in the process.
For anyone with prior rock climbing experience, ice climbing in the Southern French Alps is becoming an increasingly popular adventure holiday. Holiday makers are able to go on week long trips where all essential skills are taught, enabling individuals to progress to climbing frozen waterfalls before tackling obstacles further afield later in the week. This may be ideal trip for couples or groups of people with a head for heights and a love of extreme sports.
Adventure holidays in winter are, however, not limited to couples or those without children with one of the most popular destinations being Finnish Lapland. The area may be ideal for visits with Santa Claus but there is much in the region to get the adrenaline flowing. Such wintry pastimes as a guided husky dog safari and sleigh rides with reindeers are available with higher octane options such as snowmobiling for those that desire. For individuals really wishing to push themselves to the limits there is the option of staying in an igloo for the night giving a real sense of adventure to the time there.
Another popular Christmas adventure holiday is a weekend trip to Norway exploring the region in search of killer whales. The area of Tysfjord in the north of the Scandinavian country is the whales’ destination in winter as they search for food, most notably herring. Holiday makers initially are required to view the whales from the safety of the boat; however, as the weekend progresses there is the option to join the whales in the water with the help of a dry suit and snorkel. This is a unique experience which would make any Christmas holiday a memorable one.
Many of these trips and other potential Christmas holiday adventure trips can be obtained as a tour, ensuring that everything from accommodation to day trips and equipment is paid for together. However, one thing which travellers will be required to arrange prior to departure is foreign currency. As many of these destinations are in Europe the Euro will be in use, however, this is not the case in Norway as in other potential destinations. In order to ensure that holiday makers get the best value for money when booking the holiday of a lifetime, an appropriate currency exchange is a must.