Fancy a winter season holiday with a difference?

With the market flooded with winter holidays you may have difficulty choosing where to go and what to do. How about trying something different?

Ice climbing
Ice climbing is an outdoor activity which evolved from rock climbing. Only now you climb ice formations such as ice falls and frozen waterfalls. There are two major types of ice climbing, one includes climbing flowing water that is frozen, such as waterfalls and the other involves climbing steep, compact snow and ice, typically found high on a mountain. Ice climbs are graded from I to VII and you would start off with a grade I climb which would be a steep snow slope or gully. You don’t even have to travel far to give it a go, there are facilities in the UK, the Scottish Highlands in particular but also in Wales and the Lake District.

Nordic Winter Walking
Nordic walking, also known as Winter Walking, is walking with ski poles without the skis! Nordic walking is fitness exercise suitable for anybody and at all times of the year, including the depths of winter. Nordic walking is popular because it is relatively inexpensive, easy, safe and very effective. It improves your fitness level, your mobility and blood circulation of your neck and shoulders.

Genghis Khan Warrior training?
There are specialist holiday organisers out there who can just about put together any holiday you want. One such company, includes the chance for you to train up as a warrior in Genghis Khan’s army. You can get to know your bow from your arrow and the customs used by the nomadic tribes in Mongolia.

Northern Lights
Also known as the aurora borealis or polar lights, were named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas by Pierre Gassendi in 1621. This phenomenon is best seen during late autumn and early spring (21 September – 21 March) in Norway, the nearer the arctic circle the better. An aurora is usually observed at night and is a natural light display in the sky caused by the collision of charged particles directed by the Earth’s magnetic field. This natural light show it caused by the Sun’s magnetic field throwing charged particles from its own atmosphere out into space. As these particles near the Earth they are pulled in by its magnetic field, which pulls them down to the magnetic poles. Before they can reach the Earth, the charged particles hit the Earth’s atmosphere and collide with the gases found there. The reaction between those particles and the gases creates energy and the energy is given off as light – the Northern Lights. At this time of year Norway also has snow capped trees and activities such as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice-skating.

Rimini’s International Food Festival
This coastal town is better known for its sandy beaches, sunshine and for the weekend nightlife. But Rimini has more to offer. For the past 32 years it has hosted a showcase for Italian confectionery including gelato, pastry, coffee, bakery items and pizza. It is a huge exhibition and will take place between 19th and 22nd February 2011. So if you are If you are partial to a bit of Italian cuisine and want to escape the grey and gloomy British February weather, why not take a look. There is also a Mediterranean Seafood trade fair which is also held annually in Rimini over several days in late February. This is one of the most comprehensive food and beverage expositions of the coastal area. Local seafood and produce are featured, as are local dishes and international foods.

If all else fails to satisfy… An Oregon based company is offering people the chance to take a lifestyle changing holiday by trying a new profession. For a few days you can be a sports announcer in Tennessee, a boot-maker in Oklahoma or an architect in Boston. There is one drawback, you don’t get paid…you have to pay them!

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