And there is nowhere better than Tromso, a compact city on a small island off the Norwegian coast perched among stunning, snow-capped mountains and fjords.
Dubbed the Gateway to the Arctic, Tromso is scenic, untouched — and absolutely freezing.
Wrap up nice and warm though and you will be rewarded with incredible views, lovely food and — if you are lucky — a sight of the aurora borealis.
The easiest way to get to the remote northern outpost is a direct Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick that takes three-and-a-half hours.
You can be cosied up in your hotel room within 30 minutes of touchdown if you hop in a cab or take the shuttle for the short ride from airport to city.
We stayed at the Clarion Collection Hotel, which has incredible views of the port and mountain — and complimentary waffles in the afternoon.
Those waffles are welcome, as the cost of living in oil-rich Norway is very high.
Whether it’s the delicious Spanish-inspired bacalao fish dish, reindeer steaks or dried fish soup, you will feel it in the wallet. A pint of the local Mack beer will set you back the equivalent of £8. Ouch.
Fortunately, the beer is as fresh as it comes because Tromso is home to the most northern brewery in the world.
The Olhallen pub is the place to sample it. It has a wall of regularly changing beers on tap — plus a giant polar bear you can have your photo with after a few pints.
The city centre is small but there is still plenty to do for a short weekend getaway.
The Polar Museum is worth a visit to learn about the incredible tales of Arctic exploration.
And a short walk across the bridge will land you at the impressive Arctic Cathedral.
Don’t head straight back after though, as there is a hidden gem a few minutes away that has been open just two years.
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