WHAT: Jeris Family Winter Cottage Experience
WHY: Classic Finnish fun during this six-day trip includes husky safaris and a meal in an ice restaurant.
WHAT: Winter family holiday
WHY: Skiing and snowboarding, dog-sleighing and snowshoeing are all on the agenda on this eight-day Tatra Mountains trip.
WHAT: Northern Lights Adventure Break at Brandon Lodge
WHY: Expect an off-grid experience during this four-night t rip to the frozen Lulea archipelago with its 1,300 tiny islands: you’ll snowmobile on sea ice, snow-shoe and husky-sleigh in search of signs of Arctic wildlife. Staying in cabins, you can spend evenings watching for the Aurora Borealis.
WHAT: Holiday Club Hotel, Saariselka
WHY: Your base is a compact village, ideally located for taking part in wintry activities, hotel takes all the hard work out of entertaining tots with its Angry Birds activity park.
Holiday Club Hotel, Saariselka
WHAT: Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa, Soldeu
WHY: Staying in this luxury hotel means all the family have fun, whet her they hit the slopes or choose to chill out in the spa, the sun terrace, or in the restaurant tucking into the Michelin-star food. Younger guests can be amused in the kids’ club (ages four years to teens) at the neighbouring Sport Hotel.
Slovakia has only been an independent country for 24 years. Before that, Slovakia had been thrown around between various kingdoms and empires, most recently, in an independent republic with Czech Republic after World War I to form Czechoslovakia. Prior to that, Slovakia was also a part of the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires and was previously ruled by Hungary various times in its long history.
But despite sharing her history with so many other nations, Slovakia has retained her own identity. Speaking with our guide, Eva, reveals the many eccentricities of the Slovaks. Bom during the Baby Boomers generation, Eva remembers life during communist Czechoslovakia and the dramatic change Slovakia went through during the Velvet Revolution. Her grandparents and even her parents were around during the formation of Czechoslovakia and her own children experienced first hand Slovakia’s independence in 1993.
Eva shared how her parents’ generation went through hardships trying to rebuild life after WWII and didn’t have the opportunity to pursue further education. Eva’s generation had it slightly better but Communist rule made it difficult to study anything deemed “impractical’’. Her children’s generation, the one the media have named “millennials”, are experiencing a sort of freedom that was still just a dream when they were toddlers.