Down Under it’s spring, but far to the north there’s a land where the chill lingers all year round.
If you’re not quite ready to leave behind the grip of winter, head for the land of the Northern Lights.
Bentours (bentours.com.au, 1800 221 712) has a 12-day Follow the Lights tour starting in Helsinki, Finland, and heading north. You’ll travel by bus and rail and for six nights you’ll be based on a Hurtigruten fast ferry in an outside cabin.
Kicking off with a train journey to Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland and Santa’s stomping ground, you board your ship at Kirkenes and sail to Hammerfest, the most northerly town in the world.
You’ll cross the Arctic Circle and have a chance to visit the maritime museum at Rorvik.
The tour includes some meals, and departs Helsinki or Bergen daily until December 19. Book by Wednesday and pay $2377 a person, twin share, not including flights.
7 Hug the coastline
P&O’s recently made-over Pacific Sun is sailing from Perth to Sydney this spring on a nine-night cruise.
You’ll leave from historic Fremantle and the first stop is Bunbury, from where you can strike out for the wineries of the Margaret River or just laze on the pristine beach. It’s spring Down Under but on the coasts of New England, in the eastern US, it’s crisp autumn and the foliage bursts with scintillating colours.