Husky Sledding in Lapland:
The Norwegian Arctic – frozen, barren, empty, still – all these things AND home to one of the hottest winter adventure spots on the planet. Holly Morris travels to Norway’s northern-most region to try her hand at Dog Sledding. Holly’s Arctic journey starts in the northern Norwegian town of Alta, the gateway to Lapland (also known as Finnmark). She meets up with Roger Dahl, one of the country’s most revered dog-mushers and together they head east across the frozen Arctic.
Glacier Kissing in Switzerland:
This bizarre downhill race in the Alpine resort of Flims, is reminiscent of Wacky Races on ice. Hundreds gather in the freezing cold to take to the slopes in their own home-made sliding contraptions for the Gletscherkuss race.
Anything goes at this bonkers event. In fact, the more original competitors are, the more they stand a chance of winning. Inspired daredevils hurdle down the side of a mountain in their colourful snow-proof creations forwards, sideways and backwards. The brave and bonkers that fancy their chances of reaching the bottom in one piece should make sure they test their sledging devices beforehand.
Whipping Santa into Shape
The Klausjagen (“St Nicholas chase”) festival takes place in the Swiss town of Küssnacht on the eve of St. Nicholas Day. The festival, attended each year by about 20,000 people, consists of a parade of around 1,500 participants, and lasts far into the night. The parade begins with men cracking their whips along the procession, followed by beautifully ornate, lighted iffelen, followed by St Nick himself, with a brass band and thousands of men ringing giant cow bells!
Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: Nazareth to Galilee
No December guide would be complete without a mention of the great man who lent his name to Christmas and we join Zay as he embarks on a 2 day Trek where it all began, in Bethlehem. He joins the guided Jesus Trail , a 65-kilometer (40-mile) hiking trail through Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. Literally following in Jesus’ footsteps, the 40-mile route immerses hikers in biblical history. Zay’s journey starts in Nazareth, the home town of Jesus, where he embarks on a two day hike along the Jesus trail to the Sea of Galilee. On his trek he visits many of the places where Jesus is said to have performed miracles and even has a go at walking on water himself!