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6 Ideas for Winter Fun Around the World

by Team Fathom

Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Dog sledding in Swedish Lapland. Photo by David De Vleeschauwer.

From sleeping in a hotel made of ice in the Arctic Circle, to taking steamy baths in Kyoto, Japan, heading into the cold sounds like more fun than usual.

Sweden: Mush Ahead! Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

Go for a ride in the Arctic Circle with six huskies and a Viking expedition leader. Whiz past trees, under low-hanging branches covered in snow, through endless, shimmering plains. (Don't forget to pack your thermal underwear.)

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Tatami mat

A tatami mat scene at Yojiya Cafe. Photo by Lizhong / Flickr.

Japan: Beating the Cold in Kyoto

While winter isn't particularly cold in Kyoto, it's important to know how to stay warm between temple-hopping, shopping, and continuous bowing. Because walking and biking are the best ways to see the city, everyone, especially those with cold hands and runny noses, seeks out high temperatures. Start with boiling broths, tatami mat tea times, and steamy naked nights.

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ice hotel

What's cooler than cool? Ice cold. Photo courtesy of Kirkenes Snowhotel.

Norway: Cold Enough For You? Welcome to the Arctic

This place is perfect for a memorable little family adventure. There are reindeer everywhere. The dogsledding is wild. And everyone turns into a kid when the Northern Lights come out.

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verbier

Ski in Verbier surronded by mountains and valleys. Photo by Paula de la Cruz.

Switzerland: Verbier, That Modern Old Ski Town in the Alps

Heli around the Alps, brülée with the chef, dance until sunrise. When not enjoying some of the best off-piste skiing in the world, there's plenty to do in the Valais ski village.

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great wall

No other tourists in site. Photo by Kate Bitner.

China: Going Wild on the Great Wall

As far as ancient architecture goes, it doesn't get any bigger or better than The Great Wall of China. Some sections of the wall in Beijing see 70,000 visitors per day, but it is possible to enjoy views of the engineering feat without a selfie stick in your face.

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mooserwirt

It's a party all day all winter at Mooserwirt. Photo by Natasha Hecher.

Austria: The Best of Ski & Après-Ski in the Austrian Alps

We will go from sophisticated glass tinkling to debaucherous Jägermeister guzzling in a period of six hours. If you are not dancing on the tables in ski boots by the end of it, you are not doing it right.

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