As much as we’re loving the hot weather that has taken hold of the UK, we can’t help but find ourselves dreaming of somewhere a little cooler. While office air-con units across the country struggle to combat these remarkable temperatures day after day, some of the coldest spots on the planet begin to seem quite alluring. Here’s our pick of the top five destinations around the world to help you beat the heat…
A frozen wilderness at the end of the world, nowhere compares to the hauntingly beautiful Antarctica. Measuring 14 million square kilometres and covered in ice that in places can be over a mile thick, the sheer size and scientific significance of the so-called ‘White Continent’ exceeds all expectations. Despite these harsh conditions, a plethora of animals survive against the odds.
The volcanic peak of Mount Fuji is the most dominant feature of many a Japanese skyline. While the mountain is visible from Tokyo on a clear day, it is best visited from Hakone. Whether you want to summit its snow-capped peak and visit the Shinto shine that sits at the top, or spend a few days exploring the trails at the mountain’s base, its snowy splendour never fails to wow.
At 5,895m above sea level, Mount Kilimanjaro is not only Africa’s highest peak but also the highest free-standing mountain in the world. If you’re brave enough to tackle the summit, you’ll be rewarded with a winter wonderland of snow and ice. Down at ground level, where temperatures are much warmer, the majestic snowy peak provides the perfect backdrop to your safari.
Designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia is a wild and rugged wilderness, where dramatic mountains rise more than 2,500 metres overhead and keep hold of their snow-capped peaks all year long. Hike, bike or horse ride through this stunning region against a backdrop of glaciers, fjords and glistening lakes.
A stunning mountainous kingdom bordered by Tibet to its north and India to its south, east and west, Nepal is famous for its icy Himalayan peaks, punctuated by colourful prayer flags blowing in the wind. Away from the snow-capped pinnacles, lowland hills offer comfortable trekking and enlightening rural encounters, while fascinating cities cradle cultural heritage.