With the heavy snowstorms and freezing temperatures that have been scourging most of the American states recently, it might be very difficult to find any pleasure in the winter period. The traffic collapses, people cannot get to where they need in time and it is very cold. But sometimes, winter can create very peaceful and relaxing sceneries that can be unearthly beautiful. From a lovable Japanese mountain village to frozen waterfalls in Croatia, enjoy these 25 winter photos from around the world that will show you that even winter can be an amazing season.
It's in nature, far from all the city hustle and bustle, where winter creates the most spectacular art pieces such as this mountain creek still life in Norway.
This is how winter usually looks like in the picturesque mountain village of Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture, Japan.
Snow and traditional wooden cottages create uniquely harmonious combinations. This romantic chalet can be found in the Swiss Alps.
Located in the Moravian-Silesian Beskids Mountains, Czech Republic, these traditional wooden buildings were used by local hermits. In winter, it's a popular tourist spot.
But winter can be magnificent in a city too. For a romantic walk through this snowy park, you have to visit Helsinki, the capital of Finland.
In London, snowstorms are not very common but if it does snow in the British metropolis, it gives the city this peaceful look.
Some of the world´s most beautiful winter panoramas can be found in the Rocky Mountain. This one can be enjoyed by visitors of the Flatirons, a rock formation in Colorado.
Northern part of Russia is famous for the extremely cold weather and loads of snow, which have claimed many lives. However, it's the same weather that creates these incredibly beautiful sceneries there.
In the Yakutia region, for example, the temperature can get as low as about -65°C (-85°F). Ice and snow take control over everything there.
Some people can obviously enjoy more than just the visual delight that winter countryside offers. In Kangasala, western Finland, there is a tradition of polar bear swimming.
In New Zealand, winter is in power during the time we have summer in the northern hemisphere but the breathtaking outcomes of its freezing grip look the same.
Rather extreme example of what winter can also create, these are the consequences of an enormous ice storm that hit Switzerland in February, 2012.
The ice storm was formed by strong, gusting winds and long-term freezing temperatures. Spray from the Lake Geneva stuck to anything it could find, creating these spectacular things.
Neuschwanstein castle, a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace in southwest Bavaria, Germany, looks astonishing all year round but in winter, its fairy-tale like look is even more intense.
Minneapolis, Minnesota is one of the coldest American cities which may discourage some people from visiting the city but there are very few places that would offer you such views.
Greenland can be considered a real winter wonderland. In areas where the ice and snow are permanent all year round, dog sled is often the only way of traveling.
A 150 feet (46 meters) deep Birthday Canyon carved by melt-water is one of Greenland´s most popular landmarks attracting photographers from all over the world.
Topped with a television transmitter, Praded is the second highest mountain of the Czech Republic. At a height of 1492 meters (almost 4900 feet), the peak is snow-covered for about half a year annually.
Cold weather, unique unspoiled nature and incredibly beautiful countryside – this is what Canada offers in winter. Moraine Lake, a glacially-fed lake, lies in the Banff National Park, Alberta.
Situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, Plitvice Lakes are among the prime landmarks of the country attracting more than 1.2 million of visitors every year. Winter gives this place an even more magical atmosphere.
An isolated park covered with fresh white snow is one of the most romantic places lovers can find. To enjoy this gorgeous view, you have to visit Germany.
In December 2013, snow and freezing temperatures surprised countries which lie in subtropical regions, creating very bizarre sceneries like this one. The Pyramids of Egypt, for example, was covered with snow for the first time in 112 years.
In Iceland, by contrast, ice and snow is an inseparable part of local stunning landscape. Waterfalls and glacial lakes are one of the most distinctive natural features of the country.
The Iceland´s winter countryside looks impressive enough just as it is but when illuminated by the northern lights, it looks like something from another world.
Winter is cold, but if you plan it right, winter can also be fun.
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