Have a very ‘Gott Nytt Ar’ in snowy Sweden, waving out the past year and welcoming in the new while skiing immaculate slopes, relaxing in homely hotels and joining local festivities.
Most Swedish ski resorts will put on a smashing firework display, and if you’re really lucky, you might catch the northern lights for Mother Nature’s own light show.
Whether you’re in a simpler property or somewhere more upscale, the hotels here tend to push the boat out to make your New Year’s week amazing.
Most put on a New Year’s Eve dinner (usually included with Half Board packages), and you’ll find features like cosy lounges with log fires to keep your stay feeling festive and wellness centres with all manner of treatments if you’re adopting the ‘new year, new you’ approach.
Start the new year on the slopes, snow parks and powder runs of Sweden’s ski areas. If you already feel the post-Christmas blues coming on, activities such as dog-sledding and meeting reindeer are sure to rekindle yuletide glee. On New Year’s Eve, larger resorts like Åre have bars and nightclubs to celebrate in. Begin the new year by ticking something off the bucket list - perhaps paragliding – or being pampered head to toe in a luxurious Swedish spa.
While other European ski resorts are only just opening their doors, Sweden’s have usually been skiable since November – meaning there should be good cover on the slopes come the end of December/start of January. Thanks to the nearness of the arctic circle, the general conditions are more snow, less light, with December days seeing around 4-5 hours of sunlight, and a twilight-like atmosphere either side. A lot of slopes are floodlit and some resorts organise early morning ski sessions to make sure Mother Nature doesn’t detract from your skiing days.
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