Certain travelers thrive during the winter. Skiers and snowboarders shun cabin fever by hitting the slopes and terrain parks. And then there are those tourists who choose to ignore cold temperatures so that they can enjoy idyllic wintertime scenes over the holidays.
Members of the snowbird set, for the most part, favor beaches, cruises and tropical settings during the coldest months. These travelers might be surprised to learn that it is possible to "meet in the middle." Northern destinations certainly fall into the "cold weather" category, but some are not quite as frigid as their wintertime image suggests, like Bergen, Norway (pictured). Jackets and sweater may be required, but above freezing days and reasonably mild nights mean that these places can hardly be described as "arctic."
Here are 10 destinations that are usually associated with cold weather but can be quite pleasant during the winter.