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The Colder, the Better


The Ice Bar in Krvavec, Slovenia  

Extras
• Saturday-night disco tubing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort near Golden $14.50
• Forty-minute massage at Halcyon Hot Springs $66
• Access to the cross-country ski trails at Mt. MacPherson $5.80


Bergen, Norway
The design-obsessed port city lures fjord-explorers with its big discounts.
Norway rarely leaps to mind as a budget-vacation option, but a two-year-long tourism slump has created some once-in-a-lifetime deals. You can now, for instance, bunk down at the mod Citybox hotel in the petite, artistic city of Bergen for an unheard-of $70 a night (citybox.no). Or watch the northern lights from an on-deck Jacuzzi during a seven-day Arctic Circle cruise, priced 35 to 45 percent less than last year ($1,200 per person, airfare from U.K. included; hurtigruten.co.uk). Back in Bergen, shop the hip, store-lined Skostredet (skostredet.com) and preview the next “It” chair at the Vibrant Norwegian Furniture Design expo (through January 31; bergenartmuseum.no). Tip back a few Ringnes beers at the low-key actors’ hangout, the Logen Bar (logen-teater.no) and cap the night with a plate of $5 fish-cake smørrebrøds (open sandwiches) at Pingvinen (47-55-960-840).

Extras
• Sunday-night choral and acoustic concerts at the twelfth-century Church of the Cross free
• A night at the Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz, dinner included $124
• Winter-only, all-you-can-eat soup buffet at Fløien Folkerestaurant $14


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