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Our top winter sailing adventures

Looking for an escape from the intruding relatives, and those mushy brussel sprouts this Christmas. Check out our favourite winter sailing destinations, and discover a new kind of Christmas.

By Mike, 23 Oct 19

As the coldness and dark night draw in, are you longing for a getaway during the upcoming winter season? While a typical, traditional Christmas can certainly be great fun and allows you to spend time with friends and family alike, there is certainly an argument to be made for a thrilling trip where you can seek out the beauty of nature in a dazzling wonderland. You might be curious about what trips will provide you with this possibility. Here are some adventures (both Arctic and Tropical) to take your mind off the winter blues:

In keeping with the festival theme, this journey will take you to a frozen paradise which can only be accessed by water. Your adventure begins in Ísafjörður before travelling to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. Here, you’ll be able to explore the fjords dotted around this beautiful location.

For nature lovers, this is also a great chance to see the rare arctic fox in their home environment. As well as nature spotting, you will also be provided with the chance to ski on the slopes, kayak down white-water rivers and even go snowshoeing. This is largely going to be dependent on the weather but regardless of what the skies hold, you’re guaranteed at least one of these incredible adventures. You could even witness auroras dancing through the night sky.

Set sail on a tall ship when you step onboard The Tenacious. If you are looking for the perfect way to begin the festive season and a memorable place to bring in the New Year, this is the perfect option. This oceanic adventure on a traditional style ship induces you to age-old customs such as the oldest person on board rings out the old year while the youngest brings it in.

You’re sure to see some incredible aquamarine life on your journey as you stop by beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs. This is your one chance to see not one but five different species of turtles and all on the same trip. The locations are absolutely picturesque – even the deep blue vista of the mid-Atlantic ocean is a sight to be seen.

What better way to than to arrive in the world famous UNESCO site, Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua.

Discover why this location is known as the ‘Last Paradise on Earth’ and spend the Christmas season in a mesmerizing, tropical paradise. You’re sure to see countless colourful fish after diving from the decks of a luxury Pinisi vessel. You’ll also be able to explore a location that holds 70% of the recorded coral species on the planet. Every day and night that you spend here is going to be a visual treat and you will be provided with an unforgettable way to spend the typical days of Christmas. It provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in different cultures and meet a diverse range of people.

Could a winter adventure on the water be the right choice for you? It gives you the chance to try something completely different from the typical routine and that can become quite dull. It also allows you to escape the stress that is often unfortunately associated with the festive season. On one of these adventures, you could even escape the chill of winter completely.

Paradise doesn’t have to be tropical, winter wonderlands will dazzle you too.

Story Adventure

Various dates available

Icelandic Winter Explorer

This trip starts in Ísafjörður and goes to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and the stunning fjords