Winter is knocking the door and it’s the time to pack your baggage and went out for some far but dear place. Some of us prefer to spend time in their cozy drawing rooms, sipping coffee before the fireplace, giving out pretty smell of burning pine. But some of us chose to differ and decide against any kind of hibernation. From sleigh ride safari at Finland to fascinating Art and Music Week at Montreal; options are many to explore. In this blog I shall enlist travel tips for 2 topmost winter travel destinations for our audience, in 2015 and early 2016.
How about a Santa Clause themed sleigh ride safari in Finland
Northernmost Finland welcomes you with unique travel experience which can be experienced only this part of world, renowned as Lapland. Snow is nearly a permanent family member here and snowmobiles, skis or reindeer or dogs drawn sleds are the only modes of transport. In particular if you want to experience a ride on a reindeer drawn sled, come to Jaakkola Reindeer Farm. This farm is located near Luosto.
Plus point of this tour is that English speaking guides are hired by this family run Farm. You can learn about reindeers from a very close quarter. Reindeer husbandry, their feeding habits and even opportunity to feed them; sound quite interesting, is n’t it?
Imagine watching them while you sip into your coffee mug and eat homemade pastries; there are options for you to try your hands in cooking. Yes you can make sausages in traditional ways like over open fire called ‘kota’ or inside a herder’s hut. If you come here in November to February you can experience a once in a lifetime event that’s the northern lights.
It’s intensely cold with a dry weather in Finland at this time of the year. So packup your luggage in accordingly.
How to Reach there
The nearest airport is at Rovaniemi which can be reached from Helsinki on a 1 hour and 15 minutes direct flight. Take Pyha- Luosto Skibus to the farm which is a 90- minutes ride from the airport. Jaakkola Farm is a further 7 miles trip towards its north-west. Taxi services are available.
Food dish menus change with seasons but some menus are fixed such as sauteed reindeer mixed with mashed potatoes and reindeer pepper steaks. Servings start with creamy-porcini-mushroom soup along with flat bread, undoubtedly delicious.
You can opt for Wintery Week Package of Santa’s Hotel Aurora. This package is available from 5th January to 19th April.
Because of nearby Lampivaara Amethyst Mine dark violet or light purple amethyst are sold at shops near to the Mine.
Artistic Weeks of Montreal
Montreal is covered under snow but if you think that it brings greyish hue of boredom, you are wrong. The whole atmosphere changes with weeks’ long ‘Montreal en Lumiere’ a festival of music, arts and food festival that brings in multiple colors to counter the wintery dispairs.
Outstanding parties filled with exquisite qulaity foods and drinks, made by world renowned chefs; magical shows of circus for children; glittering live musical and dance performances assisted with pyrotechniques and various other light shows; opportunities for ice-skating or sliding and many more children specific activities, huff! I hope my vacation days would be enough to see them all. The final night is filled with actions. ‘Nuit Blanche à Montréal’ is an action packed dusk-to-dawn party giving you opportunity to take part in more than 200 outdoor and indoor activities.
How to Reach there
The fast and reliable Metro rail channels are good ways to visit city neighbourhood. From airport you can board 747 Express Bus to reach the Central Bus Terminal. From this place you can reach to your hotel via a Metro ride. During the festival, free shuttle services are also available.
Whatsoever may be your French knopwledge, you can use it here along with English. Locals speak in such mixed dialect and you too can when you are in Montreal.
Famous food dishes made by celebrity chefs are what you can try out here. Dishes made of Quebec cheese with wine helpings are just wow!
You can stay at 12-story Zero 1 hotel located near the Place des Festivals.
When in Montreal, shop for freshest of foods at the old Jean-Talon Market. Baked goods, farm cheese, chocolates; all in plenty available here.
Eco-luxury brand of Harricana by Mariouche offer stylish and sustainable outerwears.
Above mentioned destinations are top touring spots this winter and I hope that aforesaid travelling tips would guide you through experiencing a wonderful journey. Let’s get our travelling shoes out and get going.