A musk ox stands stoically in the winter snow.
Hunt or simply admire incredible creatures in Greenland.
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6 Awesome Winter Vacations for Adventurous Spirits

Greenland: Hunt at the Top of the World

When it comes to Nordic tourism, Iceland is (pardon me) hot right now, but hardly anyone talks about its chillier cousin Greenland. That’s not surprising given its rugged geography and tiny population. However, its geographical isolation offers unique opportunities for outdoorsmen, particularly big-game hunters.

In western Greenland’s Kangerlussuaq area, you can find the musk ox, a giant horned mammal that’s the largest animal of its kind on the island. Numerous local and international outfitters can arrange outings, and if you’d rather wield a camera than a rifle, many also plan safaris. There are also opportunities to hunt smaller game such as Arctic hares and ptarmigan.

A joyful mountaineer holds onto an ice axe while smiling at the camera.Tackle frozen waterfalls for the experience of a lifetime.Photo Credit: Getty Images

Canada: Scale the Frozen Waterfalls of Jasper National Park

Situated in the midst of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park boasts plenty of superlatives, including being the largest national park in its particular mountain chain and containing the only icefields accessible via road. It’s those icefields and the breathtaking Maligne Canyon where you’ll find this particular Alberta adventure.

When winter falls like a hammer on Alberta, all of Jasper National Park’s waterfalls freeze solid, making for ideal ice climbing. Although you can strap on your own crampons and tackle the falls by yourself, novices should definitely consider hiring a guide service such as Rockaboo Mountain Adventures to help them learn the proverbial ropes.

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A fly fisherman stands in a river with snow-covered mountains standing on the horizon.Winter surprisingly makes for a great time to go fly fishing. Photo Credit: Getty Images

USA: Fly Fish at Missouri Headwaters State Park

Fly fishing conjures up images of Robert Redford’s Oscar-winning film A River Runs Through It, all shining coils of line whipping through sultry summer air. But true aficionados of this leisurely sport know winter can be one of the best times to break out your flies. The crowds are down, the water is clear — and the fish are hungry.

Missouri Headwaters State Park offers a unique setting for fly fishermen willing to brave the elements. Situated where the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison Rivers combine to become Big Muddy (i.e., the famous Mississippi River), the Park provides a surprisingly placid place to pull on your waders, land a few trout and enjoy the mountain-studded horizon.

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