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NEW YEAR’S NORTH SEA DIVE Start 2019 in a brac­ing way by ring­ing it in in The Hague un­til the wee hours and then im­mers­ing your­self in the frigid North Sea at the city’s Schevenin­gen Beach Re­sort as part of the largest New Year’s Day dive, or Nieuw­jaars­duik, in the Nether­lands. More than 10,000 peo­ple take the cel­e­bra­tory plunge here ev­ery year and mak­ing sure you’re one of them is one heck of a way to cure your hang­over.

PO­LAR BEAR PHOTO SA­FARI Get on-the-ground ex­po­sure to the po­lar bears that gather near Churchill Wild’s Seal River Her­itage Lodge in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber, cap­tur­ing once-in-a-life­time shots of the preda­tors as they wait for the sea ice to form and their an­nual seal hunt to be­gin. churchill­

HELI-SKI­ING AT CMH VALEMOUNT LODGE The set­ting is stu­pen­dous, the runs are pris­tine and the Bell 212 he­li­copter is prac­ti­cally at your beck and call. If that’s not enough for you and nine other down­hill diehards to book your pri­vate heli-ski­ing ses­sion at CMH’S Valemount Lodge, a lux­ury re­treat in Bri­tish Columbia’s Cari­boo Moun­tains, then per­haps you’ll be con­vinced by the spa and sauna, pool, boul­der­ing wall and on-site chef ( ABOVE). cmh­

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