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Best winter wonderland?

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While most humans run toward the sea and bright sun in the winter months, I chase the frost and freezing temperatures. There's no season I love more than winter. To step outside each morning and have my nostrils slightly burn from the cold, to breathe crisp air and feel the slight shudder of my body...in these moments I feel completely alive and human. What's more romantic than sitting by a cozy fire in a secluded log cabin, with ice-covered branches and the forest as your only companions? For me, almost nothing. I've never craved sunshine or bright light, even as a child. Perhaps I'm secretly a vampire. :)

Each winter, I take a big trip to celebrate my birthday in February. The past three years I've had great journeys in Russia, but now my three-year tourist visa is expired and I don't wish to go through the hassle or cost to renew it. It's time to explore another winter wonderland this February, but where?

I've thought of the following options: Iceland, Greenland, Finland, Canada or perhaps a return to Alaska. Other suggestions? It would be preferable if the country is cheap or economical, but so far the most beautiful winter landscapes I've found are in quite expensive countries for travel. My dream is to make it to the deep Arctic or North Pole in my lifetime, but such journeys are limited and cost an insane amount of money - ranging from 10 - 30K USD!! Look here, for example. Amazing!

Which winter countries are you interested in seeing and reading about? Help me decide where to go! :)

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mb_b
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think there's a train in Canada that travels all the way north to some town on Hudson Bay (Chirchill? not sure) where you can watch polar bears.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds great, but expensive. :( I'll check it out. I'm not sure where in Canada is best for winter? I was thinking Alberta.
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peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Go Yellowstone - it will blow your mind
I never thought of Yellowstone, but it is insanely expensive! Over $1,000/day for a guided tour??? It's too much for me.
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notfop
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:30 pm (UTC)
The half of my life i lived in Yamal, in the Surgut. There most months of the year are very cold. And nowadays I love bright sun and the sea)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yamul - very cool! :)) I would love to travel to such a place, but it is difficult to reach and I need a native speaker with me. Unfortunately, my friends are not so adventurous and have no desire to travel to Russia. But I still will make it to Siberia someday. :)
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peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, Greenland looks awesome! I've already traveled to Canada (the Yukon Territory) and Alaska. I loved both places! About the Yukon, you can read here, but it was in September, not the depths of winter. http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/127501.html
mesier
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:40 pm (UTC)
Probably Japan?
I saw some snowboard vids - it was awesome - a ton of snow!!
Not a cheap country though. ))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:43 pm (UTC)
I do not like skiing or snowboarding. Last time I tried to ski, I almost broke my leg! :)) Japan is too far and flights are expensive from the USA. But it does look lovely in the winter.
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kir_akot
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Iceland, of course! But it would be quite expensive as well:(
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:42 pm (UTC)
It's expensive, but you can get cheap deals in winter because of the limited daylight hours. So, it is still an option. :)
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onkel_hans
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:48 pm (UTC)
What about a cosy place in the Alps?

O boy. I have discovered a wonderful woman - Svetlana Alexievich, the latest Nobel Price in literature winner.
It's her book "War Does Not Have a Woman's Face", and shorter, her Nobel lecture, a shocking and the deepest analysis of the tragedy of Russia.
http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/alexievich-lecture_en.html

It is a must to read for everybody who has interest in Russia.
mesier
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
Sure! The best way to collect more stereotypes and lies about Russia.. Lets do it!
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mesier
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
And a different idea - China! North's territory such as Heihe, Harbin. Personally was in Heihe and could say that it was a true Yakut frost! ))
besilked
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
Maybe Switzerland ;-)?
a litttle bit to much photoshop I know, but beautiful in any case!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
Switzerland is out of the running because it is too expensive. :( But it looks amazing! Thanks for the photo. It brightened my spirit! We have very warm temperatures now in Virginia, and I can't get in the Christmas spirit.
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romanklimenko
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Google images 'winter Finland'. This is what I call winter fairy-tale. My vote is Finland :)
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 02:59 pm (UTC)
I searched so many winter images from Finland. It looks beautiful! Also, I'm hoping the Finnish Tourism Board will pick me for this project http://www.helsinkisecret.com/, and I will have a free place to stay. For once, the promotion is applicable for English speakers and American bloggers. So keep you fingers crossed that I'm selected. :))
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kichiro_sora
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:03 pm (UTC)
Canada! Mont Tremblant for Christmas - that's where we going...
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:05 pm (UTC)
Which Canadian province do you think is best and most beautiful in winter? Quebec?
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moskitow
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:11 pm (UTC)
What about Vermont? I've never been there but I've heard it's beautiful in winter (do they even have snow now? because we still don't have any and it's Buffalo!)
Or there is a hotel made out of ice in Quebec http://www.hoteldeglace-canada.com/. Kinda expensive though.....
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, this ice hotel is awesome! :)) I've been to Vermont many times in winter. It's freezing!! I love it there, but want to go to a new place/country.
aborigen72
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:12 pm (UTC)
у нас на пляже ))
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:40 pm (UTC)
Yes! :) I was in Sochi during the winter, very warm but not hot enough to swim in the water.
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chuk_and_gek
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:13 pm (UTC)
американцы, верните нам зиму! вы ж всё равно не знаете, что с ней делать!
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
It's true! :)) Do you like winter or summer?
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leoncia_ir
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
Iceland is just a paradise for me. I wasn't there in winter but my friends were and they shared their delight and enthusiasm with me.
peacetraveler22
Dec. 9th, 2015 03:39 pm (UTC)
Cool, what month did you visit? The downside to travel in winter is the limited daylight hours, but prices are much cheaper.
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