This is the time of year when the ice begins to melt, and the buds of spring first start to make their appearance. For many, the coming of the warmer weather makes the end of March the perfect time for skiing - before the snow has melted (and it has been particularly good this year), and when the sun shines. Prices are also lower, since the risk you take is that the snow melts quicker than you expected. But if you choose a high resort - like Lech in Austria for example, or Courcheval 1850 - then you have the best chance of still seeing some great snow.
Another option is the Icehotel. This world famous hotel in northern Sweden will have melted entirely by the end of April, and has to be rebuilt anew the following winter season. A great time to visit - for the same reasons the skiers cite - is the warmer weather - often sunny - and the increased likelihood of seeing the Northern Lights.
Normally it's impossible to get into the Icehotel - booked solid from November. But this year, thanks to the crunch, there are still a few operators with allocation left. If you can travel on 21st March, check out Discover the World's £200-off offer for a three night break with flights from London.
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IRIS, which stands for Iris Recognition Immigration System, the UK Border Agency's high tech iris recognition system is apparently being phased out.
WR received an interesting press release this morning from Projects Abroad who arrange volunteering experiences. They say executive types suffering in the economic climate are escaping career problems and becoming volunteers.
I was mesmerized by the icebergs in Antarctica- each unique like a snowflake.
Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.
First rule of ‘Kayak Club’ in Antarctica is that you are not late to kayak club meetings. The second rule of kayak club is that you ARE NOT late to kayak club meetings.
I had made up my mind, I wasn’t going to do it. Nope. Not doing it.