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There are two options, both roughly equidistant and neither an obvious winner: Japan is about 10 hours from Sydney, with direct flights to Tokyo. While snow is rare in Tokyo itself, there is tons of the white stuff anywhere in the Japan Alps (eg. Nagano), on the Japan Sea coast (eg. Kanazawa) and up in Hokkaido, where ski bunny haven Niseko has become a ...


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You should buy your clothes in Kiruna. There are plenty of excellent outdoor stores in the city centre. Although it is regularly -25°C to -30°C in the valleys outside the city (where tours such as sled dogging tours take place), it's not cold in the city centre, where temperatures rarely drop down below -20°C (you might be surprised that a dry, calm, and ...


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Low-cost airline Jetstar offers inexpensive flights from Australia to Japan, which certainly ticks all your boxes. A northern city such as Sapporo normally has snow around Christmas and will have many Christmas-related festivities and decorations. There are also some Christian churches, if you are so inclined. Citizens of Australia and New Zealand can enter ...


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The key is not magical trousers, but long winter coats. You can get these long and parka-style down to the knees (random example), and they let you keep warm while wearing basically normal office/home wear underneath. Alternatively, many women opt to just wear a "normal" parka, leggings and warm boots and minimize the time they spend outside, since all ...


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Quebec city has a tough winter but, while I have never spent a winter in Ohio, I suppose you might experience something similar. The temperature in Quebec city in February is probably more in the -10/-20F (-20/-30C), the 5F (-15C) are usually reached as soon as December and Wikipedia lists 5F (-15C) as the average morning temperature. It is probably worth ...


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Vince is right about the temperature range, -20 is more plausible, don't forget to factor windchill as Quebec City is relatively flat, but you should know that coming from Ohio. The most important thing to remember is that you'll be standing still for a long time. You should opt for thick soles to isolate you from the ground and protect extremities. I ...


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I went to Kiruna and around the Swedish arctic in Winter a few years ago on route to the Icehotel. Here's what I wore, it was enough that I felt perfectly comfortable walking around including at night: Important: avoid cotton being in contact with your skin! There's a cliche among outdoors types that "cotton kills" in cold weather. Even in arctic weather, ...


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If you are used to warm temperature, cold temperatures will feel even colder. Usually it takes month till the human body can handle unused climate properly. I cannot really say what to buy, but definitively where: in Kiruna. Also I would suggest that you add at least one day in Kiruna, just to get used to the clothes and the temperature. If you spend some ...


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Dress in layers, Good boots, if you have hiking boots they might do for starters, in it thick socks. For your legs: long underpants, nice layer for indoors and over that waterproof pants. For your top half, T-shirt, long sleeved thick shirt, woollen jumper, fleece jacket and over that your out of doors jacket. It's a good idea to avoid cotton clothing, ...


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Given that you're going at a time of year where the high temperature is below freezing, you can expect some ice. However your route in Lithuania follows primarily "main roads" and should be well maintained if the Lithuania road administration is to be trusted. Where I'd be cautious is once you're into Latvia, where the fatality rate for driving collisions ...


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November is not that bad for Iceland. You will be able to withstand the temperature during the day and most of the night, but the downside is visibility. For November, you can expect it to be pitch black by about 6:45 PM and stay that way until about 6:30 - 7:00 AM. Consider using reflective clothing if you plan to hitchhike in those hours. Traffic will ...


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As explained in the other answers, you should wear multiple layers of clothing as this traps air providing insulation and also allows you take take of some layers if it is too warm and you start to sweat. You want to prevent sweating as this cools you down rapidly later when you are no longer warm (e.g. when you stop exerting yourself). From my own ...


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Taking I-80 across Wyoming, then dropping down along I-25 is the fastest and the least amount of mountain driving. But it does have potential for issues with blowing snow. Dropping down the through Price then across I-70 is your other main option. less chance for blowing snow, but more climbing and descending on potentially snowy roads. Fortunately ...


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Weather etc I don't know - my experience go back to a 13th July in the eighties. I remember that the north rim is ~200 meters higher that south. Got a room in a Flagstaff motel. First day> Near sunset I went for an helicopter trip, used 3 rolls of slide film. Great! Second day> Went from Flagstaff to south rim at he beginning of the Bright Angel trail. Hat, ...



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