Winter in Lithuania – what fun things to expect?

26 November, 2022

Those moving to Lithuania are in for lots of snowy winter fun. We’re sharing a thorough list of the many exciting ways to spend time off work here!

Winter in Lithuania is far from grey and boring. In fact, it’s one of the best times of the year to take the best advantage of your leisure time. And because we have one of the best work/life balances in Europe, you’ll have plenty of time to spare.

But before we jump into the many cool (not cold) things you can get up to in the snowy season, it’s worth mentioning that it’s important to stay wrapped up. Think warm jumpers, lined shoes and boots, scarves, hats, gloves, the whole shebang. 

Glamping in winter (it’s not just a summer and spring thing)

If you like your camping to come with more of the comforts of home, Lithuania has a rich and varied network of glamping spots. 

Glamping is a great way of exploring some of the country’s more remote corners. And what more romantic or exciting way to get in touch with winter, than to stay in a warm getaway that is also just a stone’s throw away from some of the best that Lithuanian nature has to offer. From yurts to teepees to hobbit huts, there’s something for everyone. And to make it all easier for you, the National Tourism Board has put together a handy Glamping map which gives you links to all the places on offer. 

Nature © Lithuania Travel & A. Aleksandravičius

Snow baths (and hot saunas)

Although jumping from a hot sauna into the cold snow might sound a bit challenging, thousands of Lithuanians will confirm it makes you feel awesome. Yep, that rush of endorphins that your body gets from embracing the cold is truly amazing.

And it can be healthy too (as long as you don’t stay there too long). Just ask celebrities like Wim Hoff or Lady Gaga, cold therapy (it has a name!) is proven to help sleep, reduce stress and even cut down body fat.

And if that bracing cold body bath is not for you, you can just choose to stay in the sauna. Again here, the National Tourism board has come to the rescue, and there’s a map to help you find all the best sauna spots in the country. 

Skiing or exploring

If you are from a warmer climate and have always fancied trying yourself out on the slopes, Lithuania is the perfect place for you. With none of the daunting downhills of the more mountainous countries, but plenty of snow and manageable slopes – it’s a great option for all abilities and ages.

And if you live in the capital, Vilnius, there’s a snow resort that’s half an hour from your door. Liepkalnis on the outskirts of the city is the Baltic’s biggest ski park, with 10 ski lifts and 9 specially maintained ski runs. For those looking to see more of the country, you can travel to Anykščiai in the East of Lithuania, here you’ll find 4 slopes of varying difficulty and 5 lifts.

Trakai © Lithuania Travel & V. Gegužis

But it’s not all about slopes when it comes to skiing. You’ll also find that there is a rich cross-country skiing tradition. Perfect for bringing you closer to the amazing winter nature, cross-country skiing is also a great way of keeping fit. And as it’s also more of a shared activity, it’s a great way of getting to know your team! Of course, if you are planning to cross-country ski, it’s best to have an experienced skier who knows the trails. Luckily, in Lithuania, there’s a Facebook group for everything, including cross-country skiing. The area in and around Ignalina is a great place to explore, and you’ll find that there are lots of organized groups if you’re just starting out. 

That’s just a taste of what winters can be like in Lithuania. It truly is a magical time to be here!