Couples often choose the date of their wedding based upon convenience. Summer weddings, for example, may be chosen because of the weather, but they are often preferred by couples because more of their guests can take vacation and can more easily attend the affair. Nevertheless, the couple’s honeymoon destination shouldn’t be chosen based on convenience, it should be selected based on the couple’s own preferences. Though most movies aggrandize the romanticism of tropical honeymoon destinations, there are actually many cool weather spots that can make an equally romantic getaway for couples who prefer the cold or those who enjoy traveling to places that are off the beaten trail. Below are some unique cold weather honeymoon destinations that are worth considering at any time of year.
The New Zealand skiing season runs from June through October, making it a perfect honeymoon destination for couples looking to escape the oppressive summer heat. In addition to a wide choice of ski resorts, the country also has glaciers, crystal-clear lakes and volcanoes that can are admired by visitors from across the globe. Though the country looks small on the map, it is filled with interesting attractions and natural wonders, including wildlife viewings, hiking trails and waterways that can be explored by boat.
Although Norway doesn’t usually come to mind when considering exciting honeymoon destinations, it actually offers some options that are both unique and exciting. If the idea of swimming in the Arctic appeals to you, consider honeymooning in Finnmark, where you can check out the Alta Igloo hotel that is created largely from ice. Guests are given sleeping bags created from reindeer fur, and can enjoy saunas and hot tubs to warm up if they desire. During the day you can enjoy a snowmobile safari or a dogsled excursion, among other things.
The Rocky Mountains are known for their world-class ski trails, but the area actually offers much more than just skiing. Though the snow does melt from April through September, the mountains remain snow-capped all year round, and the climate in the region is notably cooler than the surrounding lower regions. Ski chalets transform into romantic summer getaways, and in many cases, the gondolas run year-round so that visitors can enjoy the heights. Artist colonies and outdoor markets set against the scenic mountain view make for a charming experience, as do ranches and dozens of hiking trails. Couples who enjoy biking, fishing or horseback riding will also appreciate the cool(er) Rocky Mountain climate. Of course, if you prefer cold weather to cool weather, visiting the area in the winter will create an entirely different type of romantic and action-packed getaway.
If you’re interested in a winter honeymoon, Salzburg, Austria can provide just the right dose of charm mixed with romanticism. The city is bursting with Christmas cheer in the months preceding the holidays, and honeymooners can enjoy shining cobblestone streets, horse-drawn sleigh rides and cider at quaint cafes. After the New Year, consider Innsbruck, a city surrounded by mountains and water, with breathtaking views and an array of attractions. Visit the Alpine Zoo (Alpenzoo) to see over 2000 species of animals, hit the ski slopes or take a river cruise for some additional pampering.
In a world filled with beautiful places, there’s no question that you’ll be able to find a cool weather honeymoon destinations to meet your preferences and budget. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and to explore options that aren’t among the most famous honeymoon destinations. Your honeymoon should be, after all, a once in a lifetime experience.
About the Author: Sari Holtz is a cold weather aficionado who contributes to PearlClasp.com, a website that offers bridal pearl jewelry, pearl restringing services and pearl necklaces of all types.
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