The phrase “exotic vacations” brings particular images to mind: white sand beaches, turquoise waters, swaying palm trees. And while those places are beautiful vacation destinations (and if that’s your thing, Arpin Travel is here to help you book that trip!), “exotic” covers much more than just the tropical, so why not set your exotic vacation sights on somewhere cold?
A popular spot known for its natural beauty, Patagonia is the southernmost region of South America, lying in both Argentina and Chile. If you’re looking for a snowy expedition, Glacier National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Spanish) should be at the top of your list. Established as a National Park in 1937 and made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981, Glacier National Park is the perfect place to take in exotic views if you’re a traveler who prefers colder temperatures.
Although Canada might not seem like an obvious exotic vacation spot at first, Canada has a lot to offer travelers looking for an exotic destination. In the far north corner of Manitoba, the small town of Churchill offers the opportunity to spy and get a look at some exceptional wildlife. Called the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill is the place to go to spot these magnificent creatures. At the right time of year, you can also see beluga whales in the Churchill River. Visit at nearly any time to see the Northern Lights; they are visible in Churchill for 300 nights out of the year.
Another northerly place to take yourself off to is the world’s largest island, Greenland. In winter or summer, Greenland has plenty to offer travelers seeking a new experience. Skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are just a few of the winter activities Greeenladers and their visitors enjoy. Further, the Northern Lights are visible in Greenland from September through April.
That said, if you’d like to go when it’s a little bit less cold, in the summer Greenland is the land of the midnight sun, boasting 24-hour daylight from May 25th to July 25th, and June 21st—the summer solstice—is a national holiday. Boating, hiking, and whale watching are also popular activities in the summer.