Goodbye #IceBucketChallenge: Hello #IceBucketList

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Tired of seeing #icebucketchallenge videos in your social media feed? Then take a quick escape and perhaps consider this cool #icebucketlist for the adventurous who are not afraid to brave a trek to an icy destination.

1. Ice Skate at Banff

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Say goodbye to man-made rinks and skate on the natural wonder of Banff ‘s Lake Louise, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surrounded by the snow-capped Canadian Rockies, take a spin on this mile-long rink on one of Canada’s most scenic lakes.

2. Visit Ice-land

Visitors enjoy drinks at a summer solstice midnight party in Iceland's Blue Lagoon.

Visitors enjoy drinks at a summer solstice midnight party in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.

Iceland remains largely uninhabited, with more than half of its 320,000 inhabitants living in the capital city. The country’s rivers are perfect for rafting, fishing, diving and snorkeling; its mountains, volcanoes and glaciers incredible for hiking, climbing, dog-sledding, and snowmobiling; its waves for surfing; its caves for exploring; and its barren highlands for jeep safaris. Whatever you do, don’t forget to pack a swimsuit and a towel. Heard of the Blue Lagoon? Well it’s here. The geothermal energy under your feet is used to heat more than 170 public swimming pools around the country, and nothing says awesome like pulling over on the side of a gravel road to find one of Iceland’s natural hot springs tucked away just out of sight.

 

3. Sleep at Hotel Kakslauttanen

MAJOITUS_Lasi-iglut_1The Igloo Village of Hotel Kakslauttanen in Finland boasts 20 thermal glass igloos that allow visitors to enjoy incredible views of the Aurora Borealis from the warmth and comfort of their own hut. The sparse trees and complete lack of light pollution reveal millions of stars each night, and during the peak winter months the location offers incredible views of the Northern Lights.Each glass igloo is fitted with thermal glass walls and ceilings, that insulate the interior to keep it warm and cozy at night.  For the more adventurous, the hotel also offers lodging in a dozen traditional igloos made of ice.These ice houses have an internal temperature of only 21 degrees fahrenheit, so you better pack warm!

Another option would be to stay at the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, in Northern Sweden. Every winter a hotel is carved from snow and blocks of frozen water from the River Torne. It’s constructed on the shoreline. The room temperature is between -5 degrees C and -8 degrees C. Outside it’s -20. Reindeer skins, and sleeping bags suitable for subzero temperatures keep guests warm. This unusual resort opens it’s doors every January to visitors. Then in April when the temperature rises it simply melts away!

It uses local and natural resources and it also one of the major providers ofemployment in the region.

 4. Ice-Climb Hyalite Canyon

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The ice of Hyalite Canyon has gained fame as the proving ground of legendary Himalaya climbers Conrad Anker and Alex Lowe, as well as a spot for the locals to just get out and swing their picks. Filled with countless waterfalls in the summer, Hyalite sets up with a smorgasbord of ice climbs in the winter. Routes range from popular, consistent classics to ephemeral wisps of ice that have only have been climbed one season.

5.  Cruise to Antarctica

Gentoo_penguins_Paradise_Island_Brian_Wong_GIYes, you can actually visit Antarctica. From Argentina, take an expedition cruise and encounter the spectacular Antarctic Peninsula and the surrounding islands and waterways. Glide around enormous tabular icebergs, walk along beaches covered with thousands of penguins, and kayak amid abundant marine life. Some companies even offer camping trips overnight!

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