The flu and cough that torture us at night, the 3 sweaters under the down jacket, the ice storm that can send us to the hospital at any time. Despite all these negative points, winter also has its good sides, as well as the different views it can give us. From Lake Kawaguchiko in Japan to the northern lights of Norway, nature sometimes offers us a breathtaking spectacle.
Winter is a season feared by some, and worshipped by others. This icy period when the sun is hidden behind gauzy clouds is often synonymous with colds, the flu and temperatures in the negatives. But it also offers us rare and beautiful landscapes, which we can't enjoy at any other time of year! Here are the 10 most incredible.
Aoraki, New Zealand
No, this isn't a photoshopped image plastered onto a disposable water bottle. It's Lake Pukaki, with Aoraki, New Zealand's highest mountain, in the distance. This beautiful landscape is located in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park on the South Island of New Zealand.
Tokyo's winter illuminations are a sight to behold. Lights are placed and hung across the entire mega-metropolis, ushering in the holiday season and the New Year.
Lapland is almost perpetually covered in snow, and is rumored to be the home of Father Christmas himself! Children can visit Santa's village located in Rovaniemi and let him know what they want for Christmas. If you time your visit correctly, you might even get a glimpse of the glimmering Northern Lights!
If you don't know where to go this winter, the various hotels on Hallstatt Lake are waiting for you. You can enjoy this postcard-like view while drinking a steaming hot chocolate!