The best frosty adventure tour destinations around globe

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Here are 10 places around the world that require a winter coat year-round and offer spectacular glaciers, ice features, and the best snow anywhere.

Here are 10 places around the world that require a winter coat year-round and offer spectacular glaciers, ice features, and the best snow anywhere.

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  • 1. The Best Frosty Adventure Tour Destinations Around Globe
  • 2. 10. Kungur Ice Cave, Russia Kungur Ice Cave in western Russia is remarkably insulated from the outside world, keeping it frozen throughout the year, even when it's 95 F outside. The steady temperatures allow an array of ice formations to develop throughout the cave system's 50 chambers, which were originally mapped by order of Peter the Great.
  • 3. 9. Chamonix, France This snowy French hamlet played host to the first Winter Olympics in 1924, and is hailed as the snowiest place in Europe, with drifts reaching more than 30 feet in some places. The city has gotten busier since the '20s, with skiers and snowboarders coming to enjoy not only the fresh snow but spectacular views of Mt. Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps. The deep snow is good for more than just recreation, with special units from the RAF conducting alpine rescue training missions in the area.
  • 4. 8. Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina Los Glaciares is part of the third- largest ice cap on Earth and is one of the few places in the world where glaciers are actually increasing in size. The park boasts stunning glacial lakes, imposing horn-like mountain formations, and diverse wildlife, including condors and eagles. In one portion of the park, three glaciers converge to provide incredible examples of calving, where massive sheets of ice crack and crumble into Lago Argentino.
  • 5. 7. Icehotel, Sweden The first and the largest hotel of its kind, Sweden's Icehotel is redesigned and constructed anew each year, just outside the city of Kiruna. The hotel requires more than 30,000 tons of ice and snow to form the walls, floors, chairs, beds and pretty much everything else a guest might need. In this case "room temperature" means about 23 F, so guests are encouraged to dress appropriately in order to avoid becoming part of the decor.
  • 6. 6. Greenland Ice Sheet Whether you view it from land, air. or sea, this massive sheet of glacial ice is all about scale. Far from the pancake-flat plane its name might suggest, the Greenland Ice Sheet's massive boulders, waterfalls and craggy, vertical cliffs make it one of the most dramatically beautiful places on the globe. It's also brutally cold, holding the top spot for the coldest place in the Western Hemisphere with a record low of -87 F recorded at a British research station.
  • 7. 5. Harbin International Ice & Snow Festival, China What started with peasants using ice lanterns to hunt and fish at night has expanded into one of the largest ice festivals in the world, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. The festival in Harbin kicks off in northeastern China every Jan. 5, when the temperature averages -36 F. More than 15,000 artists work to craft the incredible ice sculptures, which are lit up every night to create a garishly beautiful icescape featuring tributes to the Forbidden City and Great Wall among other landmarks.
  • 8. 4. Yamagata, Japan Aside from Sapporo beer and tasty crabs, Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido is known for its harsh winters. The frigid weather's saving grace is that it keeps the prodigious snowfall nice and dry, providing some of the best snow in the world for skiing and snowboarding. As it piles up on the slopes in Yamagata, the snow clings to trees to form what the locals call "juhyo" or "ice monsters.
  • 9. 3. McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica NASA chose this windswept Antarctic expanse as a stand-in for Martian plains due to its low humidity and frigid temperatures. Unlike most of the continent, the ground in the dry valleys is laid bare thanks to steep mountains that block encroaching sea ice and powerful gusts of wind that can reach hurricane speeds, evaporating any moisture in the area. Unsurprisingly, there's very little life in the area, save for scattered patches of moss and tiny invertebrates.
  • 10. 2. Barrow, Alaska Located 320 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Barrow is America's northernmost city and has been inhabited since at least 500 A.D. That's pretty impressive, considering the inhospitable climate. The average temperature is just over 9 F and the city is below freezing about 90 percent of the year. There are also no roads to the city, meaning visitors and residents have to get in and out by plane. On the plus side, Barrow is a great place to get a good look at polar bears.
  • 11. 1. Oymyakon, Siberia, Russia Oymyakon is the coldest permanently inhabited place on earth, with temperatures often plunging below -50 F. The region is too cold to support crops, so the 500 or so residents subsist primarily on fish and meat. Their only connection to the outside world comes in the form of the M56 Kolyma Highway, also called the "Road of Bones" for the prisoners who died during its creation, only to be buried beneath it.
  • 12. ABOUT US Getupandgo.in is an Adventure travel company that operates out of Mumbai and Chennai, focused on helping create life changing travel experiences for people from all walks of life. CONTACT US Getupandgo.in, Brindavan Apartments, 19 Khader Nawaz Khan Road, Chennai 600006, India Website: www.getupandgo.in