Winter destinations that will thrill the explorer in you

Winter is the perfect time to take a much-needed break from our everyday lives, sip on some piping hot coffee and discover new places. While Switzerland is often everybody’s favourite winter holiday destination, we’ve found a few new holiday hotspots where you can ski down slopes and skate across glassy ice, all without breaking the bank.

Here’s our guide to a few lesser-explored destinations where you can enjoy all your favourite winter adventures:

Snowboarding in Bosnia

Flights to Sarajevo

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Tucked away in the south-east of Europe, Bosnia is known for its ancient monasteries, medieval bridges, quaint villages, freshwater lakes and daunting Dinaric Alps. On your arrival in Sarajevo, you will witness the magnificent beauty of the surrounding snow-clad slopes. A short taxi ride from the airport will take you up into the hills that are dotted with cosy ski lodges and inviting slopes. Jahorina is where you will find the most exciting and challenging snowboarding slopes, and with all the resorts on the mountain, there are more than enough options to stay. Termag Hotel, located on Jahorina, offers the most stunning mountain views, while the restaurant serves up the heartiest dinners that will help you relax after a long day out on the slopes.

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Sledging in Finland

Flights to Helsinki

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You can tour the length and breadth of the magnificent country of Finland from the comfort of a dog sled. Although a traditional mode of transport, sledding today has become a leisurely activity. The strength and agility of the huskies that will pull you along will charm you almost as much as the scenic surroundings. You can spend hours staring up at the Northern Lights from your sled or wander through the forests on a snowmobile. You’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a place to stay while you’re here. SantaPark Arctic World is a sustainable hotel with gorgeous views of the surrounding treetops, while Arctic Light World is known for its unique collection of artwork.


Skiing in Georgia

Flights to Tbilisi

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In gorgeous Georgia, the sparkling Caucasus provides 92-kilometres of enticing slopes to ski down. The most bustling skiing destination in Georgia is Gudauri, which is a picturesque 2-hour drive from the Tbilisi airport. If you’re really looking to get your heart pumping, you can sign up for a heli-skiing adventure while you’re here. On the other hand, if you’re hoping to punctuate short stints on the slopes with hours of peaceful reflection, you can book yourself a room at the Quadrum Ski & Yoga Resort from where you can enjoy the most astonishing views of the Caucasus peaks.

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Ice skating in Poland

Flights to Krakow

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If bumping down slopes doesn’t quite fill you with happiness, don’t worry. You can head to Krakow in Poland to sharpen your ice-skating moves. Make your way to the square outside Galeria Krakowska to skate with the locals or relive your favourite Central Park dreams at the massive Jordan Park Ice Rink. When you aren’t gliding across the ice, you can shop at the festive winter markets and admire the city’s magnificent architecture. After a wintery night out, warm yourself up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate from the stands in the market square. While you’re here, you could consider staying at the ultra-modern Grand Ascot Hotel or soak in a bit of old-world charm at the Amstra Old Town Luxury Apartments.

Now that you know what waits for you in these magnificent winter wonderlands, you can book a ticket on flydubai and head to your favourite holiday destination this December.

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