The cold season is probably one of the favorite seasons of travelers who have a passion for wilderness, adventure, and camping throughout forests and mountains. Many of those who want to take on some of the world’s most daring adventures make traveling to cold areas a top priority in the holiday season.
Antarctica is currently going through the period of summer, as the sun rises from above the horizon, providing about 20 hours of daylight, but however, temperatures manage to stay above freezing.
Let’s check out together a trip throughout the cold, admiring the snow leopards in India, the wolves march in Yellowstone Park, and all the beautiful wild animals species in the northern forests of Sweden. All this alongside with many other places that will make you really consider going on an unforgettable experience in some of the coolest areas of the world.
Winter is undoubtedly the best time to visit Antarctica and cruise in its frozen waters, or around the shores of South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. You will discover a whole world of wildlife that you usually only see in movies: whales, seals, millions of penguins, and rare albatrosses.
Yellowstone National Park, United States
Winter is a magical time that attracts thousands of visitors and tourists to the oldest park in the world, completely covered with snow through the cold season, making for a beautiful scenery. This park is extremely large, covering an area of approximately 9 km, built in 1872. You can take a walk around while enjoying the charming nature inside or even outside the garden walls or even go for a quiet drive in your car. Take this chance to see a bison or the American bull covered in snow!
Be careful, however, as there are a few gray wolves around the Lamar and Hayden Valleys.
A rare sight of the snow leopard in the Indian state of Ladakh
Of all kinds of wild animals, seeing the rare snow leopard is perhaps the biggest challenge for adventure seeking tourists. This beautiful, solitary animal prefers isolation and usually appears only between half of the dawn light until dusk. Another aspect is that it’s a fairly rare animal so your chance of actually seeing one can be pretty thin, with fewer than 7,000 of them remaining in the 2 million square kilometers of Central Asia’s rugged mountains.
However, you can increase your chances of seeing one of these beautiful leopards if you go to the Hems National Park in the highlands of Ladakh, where the valleys are located around Husing, the so-called capital of the snow leopard. But even so, you may not be lucky enough to see one. If you do, however, enjoy the experience, as it’s one of the wild animals that you may not find anywhere else in the world.
Hunting with eagles in Mongolia
Travel to one of the most remote areas of the world, to the snow covered mountains, the peaks and high plateaus of the Altai Mountains in Mongolia. Join the Kazakh tribes on their hunting journey, using eagles.
This land is considered to be the original home of the falcons, where they were born 6,000 years ago. You will get the chance to see horsemen putting the eagles on their hands and sending them out to hunt foxes and maromots. Did you know that some eagles can weigh up to 7 kg, being able to take out a wolf?
Gyrfalcons under the Northern Lights in Iceland
It’s no wonder that the gyrfalcon is the national bird of Iceland, as its wings make it one of the largest falcons in the world. These birds usually fly high around the polar coasts, and often hunt ducks and seabirds, sometimes attacking animals as large as hares. Perhaps the best chance to see them in real life is around the ice beaches of Lake Myvatn, which is less than 100 kilometers from the Arctic Circle.