Winter Honeymoon

最近有人叫我計劃一個長途honeymoon旅程,在12月尾至1月頭去,兩人都喜歡冬天,想去冬天的地方過honeymoon。因為很多人都會在年尾結婚,又有很多人都會combine Christmas holiday去長途honeymoon,所以在這裏分享一下我的初步構想。

要在年尾過冬,就要留在北半球。看看地圖,主要可以選擇歐洲,北美,中國北部,Korea and Japan。My favourite is 北海道. Nothing can beat soaking in hotspring on a snowy day. However, the couple planning the honeymoon has been there last year. Revisiting so soon when the Japanese yen is at its all-time high may not be the best idea. So instead, I recommend going to Europe.

歐洲分開幾個不同的氣候區。Western Europe (Ireland, Britain and western France etc) and Mediterranean Europe (Portugal, Spain, southern France, Italy, Greece, Croatia etc) have relatively mild winter, 氣温會不太冷,但就會比較少下雪,多下雨,濕濕冷冷,不太pleasant。I don’t recommend. Since Hong Kong never snows, it seems more special and romantic to go to a snowy place. Continental Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland etc) is colder, more likely to snow. The further east and the more inland, the colder it gets in Continental Europe. 西歐先進國家都會有暖氣,不必太怕冷,但要去不太發達的國家的鄉郊,就記緊要先check清楚暖氣供應一定要充足,交通大致方便,免得在大風雪中狂吹太耐。12月尾是日照時間最短的時候,the further north it is, the shorter the daytime。北歐國家的北面會24小時天黑,長時間看不見太陽,不是個個都接受,而且映相亦冇咁靚。www.timeanddate.com is a good source to check daylight hours in a particular place.

找我plan honeymoon的couple本身好鍾意北歐,好想去睇北極光,好鍾意雪,鍾意睇靚風景。北歐真是一個good choice。不過,她聽朋友話過完Christmas之後去北歐唔係一個好時候,只有凍……我就覺得凍有凍的玩法。

我會建議去Sweden 的Ice Hotel (http://www.icehotel.com/) ,超cool (literally!),一晚住冰屋,一晚住glass igloo看北極光。日間可以去ice fishing and snow safari,好似好好玩。因為ice hotel都幾貴,住兩三晚就差不多。如果想留耐D玩winter wonderland activities,住在附近的village can save a lot of money。

Going to Santa Claus Village on the Arctic Circle in Finland guarantees festive mood there all year round, so no need to worry about Santa Claus taking holidays after his hard work delivering presents during Christmas. 另一個要玩大佢的凍玩法就係去試下正宗的芬蘭浴。外面-20C,在sauna焗到全身火滾後走去戶外,趴在雪地上滾來滾去,聽說超舒服的啊。其實Finland都有Snow Castle (http://www.snowcastle.net/ ),平過Ice Hotel少少,但就要1月尾先開始做生意,想12月尾去就唔啱時間。

北歐幾個國家的首都都幾靚,我覺得最靚是Stockholm. One may consider staying there for 1-2 days before heading north to Ice Hotel. Read further on my blog about Scandinavian countries: http://www.morethanhoneymoon.com/blog/morethanblog.php/?p=1015

I suggest splitting the long haul European trip into 5-7 days in Scandinavia, and 5-7 days in another country in Continental Europe, mainly for the purpose of taking in more daylight. Switzerland and Austria have beautiful scenery of the Alps. White powdery snow provides the best playground for skiing in the world. Even if you don’t ski, just rent a chalet by the hillside, sit by the real fireplace and enjoy the warmth and romance. In particular, I recommend Vienna, the capital of Austria because of its richness in music and culture. Salzburg is the birthplace of Mozart and where the Sound of Music was filmed – another cultural destination. Innsbruck is close to the world famous crystal factory, Swarovski (http://kristallwelten.swarovski.com/Content.Node/homepage.php).  All these cities are great to visit all year round. From Innsbruck, cross the border to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein (http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/palace/index.htm) in Fussen, Germany. Disneyland models its castles on Schloss Neuschwanstein, really out of the fairytale world. Fussen is easily connected to Munich, which has direct flight service to Hong Kong.

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3 Responses to “Winter Honeymoon”

  1. Michelle says:

    Dear Anna,
    u are so nice. Your suggestion is very useful which gives us lots of ideas.
    Very much appreciate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    好多謝你呀!真係無言感激!

  2. Michelle says:

    Hi Anna, 我哋討論過之後,最想去瑞士及芬蘭,不過,如果得14日去這2個國家,會唔會太趕?因為想去看北極光,同玩破冰船,要去到比較北,好像好多時間用了來travel,我哋又唔想走馬看花。你介紹的stockholm都好想去,但係時間好似真係唔夠。如果要2選1,你會recommend邊度?芬蘭的expense會唔會比瑞士還高?你可唔可以比啲意見?