Anna and Elsa have had a busy few years. Between working on their movie, releasing merchandise and keeping up with the demanding work of ruling a kingdom, they could probably do with getting away from it all. We’ve compiled some gorgeous places that the stars of Frozen (and their fans) would love to visit.
Lake Myvatn, Iceland
This lava field, which was used as a Game of Thrones filming location, is prominent in Icelandic folklore. Heavy volcanic activity in the area thousands of years ago left behind an impressive and intimidating landscape of lava pillars, rocks, caves and crags. The legend is that the pillars are trolls that were having such fun at an outdoor party one night they forgot they turn to stone in the sun, and so were frozen in the midst of their celebrations.
Stories of elves, trolls and fairies are common in Iceland, with many people actively believing in their existence and even building them small coloured houses that you can see dotted about the country. Anna and Elsa, who are used to chatting with the trolls of their homeland, would fit right in.
The Frozen women would be right at home in this dream-like fairytale castle and could even take a horse-drawn carriage right to the front door. The castle inspired the makers Cinderella to create her famous animated home, so there’s plenty of Disney pedigree behind the location. Set on a rugged hill, no-one would look twice as the princess and the queen strolled past, admiring the walled courtyard and artificial cave.
Anna and Elsa would love this Sussex town, which shares a name with their own kingdom of Arendelle. With quaint winding streets, a medieval castle and a cathedral to explore, they’ll be able to relax and get away from the problems that come with ruling a Disney kingdom (cute talking animals getting sassy and having too many balls to attend spring to mind).
Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
This winter extravaganza is one of the largest ice and snow festivals in the world, and the royal sisters would be sure to have a good time. Elsa could even take part in the competition – with her cryokinetic powers she’d be sure to win.
Blocks of ice are prized from the frozen surface of the Songhua River (just like in the movie!) and are used to carve enormous, intricate sculptures illuminated with coloured lights. Temperatures can hit -20°C, so make sure you wrap up warm.
The Frozen stars would have a great time in this quirky Californian city. Founded by a group of Danes in 1911, it has a copy of Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue, a windmill, Danish bakeries and shops, and plenty of traditional buildings. The Frozen filmmakers visited the town to get ideas for the movie, so keep an eye out and you could might even spot something that inspired them.
Visiting the Sami reindeer herders
Spending some time with the Sami, Europe’s northernmost indigenous group, is the perfect winter holiday. Traditional Sami activities include dog sledding, skiing or camping in a traditional lavvu (Sami tent). The sisters could learn about reindeer husbandry and how the Sami care for the 60,000 reindeer who live on their land, and then put what they learned into practise with Sven when they get home.
Anna and Elsa would love to get the chance to ice skate the lit 1.5km trail at the Pointes-aux-Lievres while gazing at the panoramic view of Quebec. The sisters could then warm up with a delicious hot chocolate at Erico, which comes in flavours such as crème brûlée, while exploring the chocolate museum attached to the shop.
Jigokudani Monkey Park
Buried in snow for a third of the year, this picturesque park is home to around 200 wild snow monkeys. It also has pools of hot volcanic water known as onsen, which steam atmospherically in the cold, inspiring the area’s traditional name ‘hell valley’. When it’s bitterly cold, the monkeys bathe in the onsen to keep warm. We’re sure that Elsa and Anna would absolutely love to see wild monkeys taking a hot bath.
If the sisters don’t want to travel far from their fictional Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle, they should head to Oslo. The country’s capital has a buzzing contemporary art scene and beautiful parks, waterways and islands. The fast-growing metropolis boasts the world’s most northerly three-Michelin-star restaurant, Maaemo, as well as innovative fusion food such as Icelandic-Japanese, cosy cafés and cutting edge cocktails made with local ingredients.
Plitvice Lakes National Park
This park is one of Croatia’s premiere natural attractions, but in winter Anna and Elsa would have it almost to themselves. Made up of an eight-kilometre series of 16 bright blue lakes, water rushes down in a sequence of mesmerising waterfalls. The area is surrounded by forested hills in which wild boars, bears, wolves and deer run free. In the winter the waterfalls can freeze solid, making for a spellbinding sight.
Just in case Anna wants to pick the holiday destination, we threw in a winter sun wildcard. At its hottest from November to February, the bright colours, white sandy beaches and salsa dancing of Havana should keep the princess happy.
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