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Winter activity holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Winter has all this romance attached to it. Logs burning on an open fire, hearty food, crisp brisk walks in the cold air, Robert Frost poems. And, perhaps because of this romance, winter activity holidays are becoming hugely popular again: cross country skiing and snowshoeing off the tourist trail, husky sledding, taking in the Northern Lights or mountain winter walking with crampons to get a grip. What better way to keep the winter blues at bay?
Dolomites winter activity holiday in Italy
Fun packed winter activity holiday in the Dolomites, from £1499 (8 days) inc UK flights
Cross-country skiing holiday in Finland, Russian border
Guided cross-country skiing holiday in the beautiful wilderness, from €935 (7 days) ex flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Discover this Finnish winter activity wildernerss week, from £1249 - £1749 (8 days) inc UK flights
Lapland husky safari short break, Finland
Combine wilderness and log cabins with this dog sledding adventure, from £1865 - £2135 (5 days) inc UK flights

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Cross country skiing in Austria
Skiing trails in Tyrol, from £1099 (8 days) inc UK flights
Cross country skiing holiday in the Dolomites, Italy
A famously beautiful range of jagged peaks, from £1079 - £1359 (8 days) inc UK flights
Husky safari in Finland
Sled with huskies through spectacular Finnish scenery, from £1745 (8 days) inc UK flights
Lillehammer bobsled weekend in Norway
Your chance to experience pure adrenaline, from £1049 (4 days) inc UK flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
Winter activities & Aurora hunting in Finnish wilderness, from £1325 - £1445 (5 days) inc UK flights
Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
A flexible winter multi activity holiday in the French Alps, from €546 - €1113 (7 days) ex flights
Winter adventure in Finland
Experiences which stay with you, from £1715 (7 days) inc UK flights
Iceland short break winter activity holiday
Winter adventure tours in Iceland, from IKr107990 (5 days) ex flights
Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland
Unique aurora tour with huskys, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, from €1190 - €1290 (3 days) ex flights
Slovakia family holiday, winter in High Tatras
Action-packed family winter holiday in Slovakian High Tatras, from €799 - €979 (8 days) ex flights
Lapland holiday, husky safari & log cottage
Luxurious log suite,northern lights & overnight husky safari, from €1821 (5 days) ex flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
A magical dog sledding week in Finland, from £2149 (7 days) inc UK flights
Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada
Husky adventure holidays in Yukon, from CA $1328 (5 days) ex flights
Magical christmas without Santa in Lapland
Winter 'Santa free' Lapland adventure for families, from £1710 (8 days) inc UK flights
Austria skiing & winter activity holiday
A 'Relaxingly Active' winter holiday in East Tirol, Austria, from £800 (7 days) ex flights
Lapland Northern Lights holiday
Few better ways to witness an autumn Aurora, from £1315 (5 days) inc UK flights
Lapland husky safari and activity holiday, Finland
Active holiday in beautiful Finnish Lapland, from £1755 - £2399 (8 days) inc UK flights
Finland winter holiday, tour skating
Best tour skating routes in Finland on frozen Lake Saimaa, from €592 - €755 (4 days) ex flights
Family winter activity holiday in Finland
A combination of activities, cottages & snowy landscapes, from £1690 (8 days) inc UK flights
Husky safari in Finland, tailor made
Tailor made with huskies in true Taiga wilderness, from €1680 (6 days) ex flights
Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Adventure in Finnish Lapland, huskies, northern lights & more, from £885 - £955 (4 days) inc UK flights
Finland activity holiday and Northern Lights
Multiadventure holiday in stunning winter landscape, from €1140 (8 days) ex flights
New Year's holiday in Sweden, Arctic Auroras
Welcome in the New Year & tour the Icehotel® in Sweden, from £1845 (8 days) inc UK flights
Alaska Northern Lights holiday, activities & Iditarod
Meet the mushers at Alaska's greatest dog sled endurance run, from £2205 (12 days) ex flights
Tatras mountains winter holiday in Slovakia
Authentic adult winter holiday in Western Tatras, from €799 (8 days) ex flights

80 reviews for Winter activity holidays4 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Winter activity holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Northern Lights tailor made holiday in Finland
Memorable parts? Everything. All activities of the trip were such memorable and exciting. Tips? Just enjoy all the activities even if you don't feel like it. You won't regret it. Local benefits? Absolutely. Overall rating? 9/10. Less a point for 'missing out of one activity' but managed to schedule it back in. (more)Fred Wong
From £885 - £955 including UK flights
Husky safari in Finland
Bounding through the snow-covered woods, balancing on the runners of the sledge with the dogs running in front of me. (more)Tim Goodwin
This is not a holiday but a true adventure 300 kilometres of wilderness country. Its a time warp living away from all the rat race of modern society. (more)Alan Warwick
It almost goes without saying that the scenery is breathtaking from the outset but the real memories are the dogs and the bond you form with them. Cruising through the wilderness with your own team is a mixture of calm and excitement that is nicely balanced by caring for your dogs when their work is done. (more)Gareth Jones
From £1745 including UK flights
Finland Northern Lights holiday, Wilderness Auroras
10 OUT OF 10 (more)Jill Bridden
Every minute I spent in Finland was truly memory making! To walk in snowy woods along paths through the trees, to hear nothing but the sound of my breath was so soul restoring. (more)Marilyn Molyneux
One of the best holidays we have ever had, we loved it all. (more)Samantha May
From £1325 - £1445 including UK flights
Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday
Seeing the Northern Lights and experiencing volcanoes, sulphur springs and outdoor baths. (more)kathy misunas
Fantastic holiday in wonderful scenery. Will definitely go back to the area. (more)Heike Oberg
From €2000 including domestic flights only
Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy holiday, South Coast
Memorable parts? Our visit to the Blue Lagoon lake for me was probably the best day of the trip. I very much appreciated being dropped off by our guide away from the main tourist spot, and we walked, as a group, along the edge of the frozen lake. It was so peaceful and quiet, and we were able to take lots of photographs, and see seals and eider ducks, before we reached the end of the lake, where there were hoards of visitors. I also enjoyed our daily picnic lunches, in spite of trying... (more)Lesley McManus
From €1800 excluding flights
Yukon dog sledding holiday, Canada
Working with the dogs was my favourite part of the trip. I loved meeting all the different dogs and getting to know their different personalities. They are such great workers and I miss them now I am back home. (more)Ali Barned
The dogs are just incredible... athletic, fascinating to watch, and beautiful. Our guide Laird was fantastic as were all the other people at the ranch... I had a fabulous time. Pushed my limits... this has been 'one' of the best holidays I have been on. (more)Helen Weir
Fantastic. I have always wanted to try sledding and finally did. Now I just need to convince my other half to go again next winter! (more)Lee Unsworth
From CA $1328 excluding flights
Finland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
Excellent holiday in an idyllic location providing, fun and adventure. (more)Jackie Devaney
Huskies. Location. Snowshoeing. (more)Viki Day
Fantastic experience - the most enjoyable activity holiday I have ever done. (more)Jonathan Gilbert
From £1249 - £1749 including UK flights
Cross-country skiing holiday in Finland, Russian border
Just fantastic all the way. Great forests, lakes, paths, nature; delicious food; relaxing sauna; great people; great company. (more)Evi Zouganeli
Really enjoyable holiday. All the people we met were friendly, hospitable and easy-going. (more)Helen Stocks
Staying in a log house without electricity or running water, surrounded by a snowy, silent landscape & enjoying a sauna after a day skiing across frozen lakes, over bogs and through forests. (more)Anna Jeffrey
From €935 excluding flights
Lapland Northern Lights holiday
Excellent. I'd be happy to go back to Nellim again. (more)Malcolm Raggett
It was a wonderful trip and I have fallen in love with Lapland and Finland. (more)Sally Means
From £1315 including UK flights
Winter activity holiday in the French Alps
The young people Sam and Rachel achieved confidence respectively in snowboarding and downhill skiing in a small quiet resort at Ancelle for the first three days...Successful as a way of satisfying all ages and giving the family precious time to be on our own without the pressures of work and university. (more)Rosemary Rayner
The most memorable part was snow shoeing on a beautiful sunny Christmas Day and completing our first Via Ferrata. (more)Lynn Clunie
From €546 - €1113 excluding flights
Finland activity holiday and Northern Lights
Memorable parts? The husky safari and the general scenery. Tips? The optional activities day - some of the activities incur a further charge (if you wanted to do snowmobile riding or further husky sledge rides. Some other activities are included in the price of the week (snow shoeing/ cross country skiing etc). This fact was not clear on the itinerary. Also if travelling as a couple, split your clothes/toiletries between you as the small aircraft you take from Helsinki has limited... (more)John Vango
From €1140 excluding flights
Slovakia family holiday, winter in High Tatras
Memorable parts? The whole thing was excellent. My children loved learning to ski and the dog sledding, but I think my favorite was the winter walk on New Years day. Tips? Snow would probably be better during the February Half term - but if you want to book at Christmas it is still fantastic, you just might need to be more flexible. Local benefits? Slovakia is a fantastic destination, but it is not as well marketed as other countries. I feel that our visit supported our guide... (more)Paula Stevens
From €799 - €979 excluding flights
Cross country skiing in Norway
The scenery In Norway is beautiful especially after having a meter of snow the day before we arrived. It made the cross - country skiing area very beautiful. (more)Linda White
The place and the people that participated on the trip. The instruction from Ilsa was excellent, the lodge was very clean and well kept and hte food was first class. (more)Ellen Tarquinio
The friendliness and expertise of the leaders, the scenery and plenty of good food were the most memorable. (more)Catherine Harris
From £1249 including UK flights
Cross country skiing in Austria
Absolutely brilliant. (more)Rebecca Malcolm
A lot of fun plus a real sense of achievement in learning to do something I initially found quite difficult. (more)Amanda Ariss
In the past we have always downhill skied, but this time we decided to try cross country skiing having never done it before. It took a short while to learn the basics and by the end of the week we were able to complete a cross country journey - with no broken bones! (more)Elizabeth Musetti
From £1099 including UK flights
Sami people winter holiday in Norway with ice hotel
Memorable parts? As we came out of the woodland and onto the frozen lake, the thrill of running a team of 8 huskies gave way to awe at the sheer magical beauty of the landscape. The trees were heavy with snow, everything was white, touched by the light of the low sun. I have never felt so alive. Tips? Don't skimp on the layers! Although the Sami guides don't expect tips, we took some of our own produce (honey) to give as a thank you gift. This went down extremely well! Norway is... (more)Matt McCabe
From £1749 excluding flights
Finland huski safari & Northern Lights holiday
Memorable parts? The most memorable part of the holiday was how beautiful and peaceful Finland was where we were staying and how peaceful and quiet the sled dogs were once they were working. Tips? Tips for other travellers going on this holiday is to make sure you are reasonably fit before going, and you must be a dog lover. Local benefits? We were very back to nature and conserved energy within the cabins we stayed in. We used open fires to cook when we were out treking. Tips? The... (more)Tina Donovan
From £2149 including UK flights
Holiday in Swedish Lapland, tailor made
The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing northern lights, the wilderness retreat and a real log fired sauna. Mika and Maja lovely hosts. (more)Jonathan Marsh
Exhilarating...The warm friendly welcome, dog-sledding and the wonderful Wilderness Cabin were the best parts. (more)Liz Evans
Amazing! The best parts were the snow , local people, husky dogs, father Christmas , -38 !!! And the ice hotel (more)Lynne Walker
From SKr12525 excluding flights
Swedish Lapland winter activity holiday & Northern Lights
I rate this trip extremely highly. Accommodation was great, food was excellent, weather was great, skiing and staying out in the wilderness was fantastic, northern lights spectacular, snow rolling sauna a whole lot of fun. (more)Anwen Victory
The most memorable part was living in the wilderness with no running water or electricity and in the company of a lovely first class guide. (more)Jan McGourty
More than 10 out of 10, amazing, fabulous and i really didn’t want to leave at all...Standing near our cabin in the wilderness in silence so absolute, you could hear a plane so far away you could barely see it and hear the water in the river over 5km away was the mostmemorable part. (more)kathy agashi
From SKr8700 excluding flights
Northern Lights short break, Finnish Lapland
Best bits: Everything, but if I really had to choose - husky sledding and seeing the Aurora the three nights I was there! (more)J Kwan
Snowshoeing in the dark was the most memorable experience. (more)Nickie Wheeler
From €1190 - €1290 excluding flights
Lapland holiday, husky safari & log cottage
Memorable parts? It was all brilliant, but I would say the most memorable bit was the husky safari, it was so peaceful once the dogs got started. The rest of the trip was amazing too from the hotel Vuokkati, to cross country skiing, ice skating, visiting the spa at Katinkulta and Angry Birds park and going out on cross country ski trails and tobagonning from the hotel. Brilliant! Tips? Book through Responsible travel, every detail was planned Local benefits? We used the ski... (more)Lara Pletcher
From €1821 excluding flights
Iceland Northern Lights holiday
Memorable parts? Travelling in the completely unspoiled wilderness with a really knowledgeable guide - and good company. Tips? Enjoy the real differences in the culture and make sure you have a warm jacket! Don't expect the Northern Lights - they're a bonus. If you're going to the Blue Lagoon make sure you can get at your swimming things easily. Sadly ours were in the luggage and we got there straight off the plane! A rather wasted experience for us. Make full use of Happy Hour -... (more)Lorraine Wolsey
From £1926 including UK flights
Austria activity holiday, hiking, snowshoeing & yoga
Memorable parts? The scenery and the food! Tips? Be prepared for long transfer to and from airport, it is an idyllic spot Local benefits? Food locally sourced. Overall rating? Really good. Location and accommodation lovely. Good opportunity to try out new activities (more)Tracy Jeffreys
From £700 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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