Like it or not, winter seems to have finally arrived. And while that might be a cause for grumbling and daydreaming about warmer locales, you have to admit that winter isn’t all bad. In fact, snow-covered mountains and icy lakes make for some of the most captivating scenery on the planet. Don’t believe us? Keep reading to find 20 places that are so pretty that it’s worth braving the cold to visit them.

1. Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake located in Vatnajökull National Park, which covers roughly 13 percent of Iceland.

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2. Bavarian Alps, Germany

In Ramsau, St. Sebastian Church stands in front of a mountain backdrop, forming a typically stunning scene in this region.

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3. Lapland, Finland

Remote and sparsely populated, the largest and northernmost region of Finland features stunning scenery and iconic hotels like the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort.

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4. Antarctica

It might not be the easiest place in the world to get to, but where else are you going to find scenery like this?

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5. Greenland

One of the most pristine and rugged places on the planet, Greenland is also an ideal place to see the northern lights in winter.

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