One of the joys of running an adventure travel company is that we have a wonderful excuse to always be searching for new trips and new locations. What about skiing in Finland and seeing the Northern Lights? How about hiking the GR7 in Spain? I've heard of a fantastic ski journey in Poland, let's look at that? Why not go snowshoeing in Bavaria? Just an example of the chat in our office. Each year we aim to 'freshen up' our holidays with somewhere new and exciting, but we are equally as happy to have you suggest somewhere. With so many loyal customers returning every year we have a great incentive to search for new trips, the links to which we have given at the bottom of this page.
Glorious powder day!
This is our brilliant new snowshoe trip for winter 2020. If someone was asked to create an area perfect for walking in the mountains in winter, then the Allgäu Alps would be that creation. We are based in the quaint village of Sonthofen with its cobbled streets, and characterful buildings and views to the mountains where we will spend our days snowshoeing. Using Sonthofen as our base we are situated close to nearly 260 recorded snowshoe routes that are available in the Allgäu Alps.
We are amazed it has taken us until now to feature a snowshoe trip in the Allgäu Alps! How did we not recognise that this area has literally hundreds of snowshoe routes to explore and enjoy? Combine characterful Bavarian culture, architecture, folklore, food and stunning snowshoe summits and you have an idea of what this week offers. The Allgäu Alps is a range in the Northern Limestone Alps, sitting on the frontier between Bavaria, in Germany and the Tyrol and Vorarlberg in Austria. The range is directly east of Lake Constance, which is a huge expanse of water bordering Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The highest peak in the Allgäu Alps is the Hochfrottspitze, which reaches a height of 2,648 metres (8685ft).
Perfect terrain for day tours
A wonderful opportunity to experience the famous Trolls Trail, in Norway without having to cope with the 'full deal'. Many of our guests have expressed a desire to ski this challenging route, but are reluctant to commit to what is a tough trip. We believe we have come up with the perfect solution.
We enjoy skiing in the landscape of the Rondane mountains at three different hotel locations, linking them on skis along sections of the route of the Trolls Trail. If you have recently started Nordic skiing, then this trip will allow you to experience part of this long-distance journey, but in a relaxed fashion.
If you have already done a few days of cross country skiing, or completed our Italian Ski Weekend, then you will find this is the perfect progression in the homeland of ski journeys. The trip is a mix of centre based days when you could opt out and relax in the spa if you feel like it, combined with a short ski journey along the Trolls Trail to our next mountain hotel where a warm welcome awaits us.
Peaks, spires, summits and snow
We adore the Dolomites, or the 'Dollies' as they are affectionately known. This is a unique two part snowshoeing holiday in northern Italy. Snowshoe four days hut-to-hut along part of the famous Alta Via 'High Level' trail and then a further two day tours to explore and learn about the regions rich First World War history.
We meet in Cortina d'Ampezzo, a town with a beautiful landscape and within easy reach of the regions most iconic mountains. Enjoy Italian hospitality whilst exploring the regions jaw dropping scenery. Explore trails that negotiate this dramatic mountain environment offering a unique perspective on this magical place. Be prepared to be impressed! Also based in Cortina and new for 2020 is our Italian Dolomites Snowshoe. This is a centre-based week which does not have the 'hut' element of our Alta Via Snowshoe. A wonderful way to relax and enjoy the winter mountains.
The Dolomites are a UNESCO World Heritage site and have eighteen peaks rising to over 3000 metres (9840ft), many with spectacular rock spires and towers, such as the world famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo. It is the exceptional natural beauty of the rock formations and geology that have given the Dolomites, World Heritage status.
Wild open spaces to explore
Finally, we are excited to announce that for our more experienced skiers we will be offering four Norwegian Off-Track Ski tours in March 2020. Suitable for intermediate 'cross-country' skiers or above, we have a programme ranging from taking your first steps 'off track' through to advanced hut-to-hut journeys.
Whereas our 'cross-country' ski trips stay on pressed and groomed ski trails, our new range of trips explore areas away from prepared tracks. Our Geilo and Finse Introductory trip has two parts, it starts in Geilo, the gateway to the famous Hardangervidda National Park where we have three days of skills training in nordic 'off-track' skiing techniques. After Geilo we move north to the remote town of Finse which is located at 1222m (4008ft) above sea level and has excellent snow conditions. The mountains of the Hallingskarvet are to the north and to the south the Hardangervidda plateau and the large ice cap of the Hardanger. Finse is a tiny hamlet, and we use the local DNT (Den Norske Turistforening) hut as our base. From here we enjoy day tours exploring this wild and wonderful region before progressing to an overnight in a remote hut.
Our new programme will also feature; Skarvheimen, north of Finse, with a perfect first 6-day 'off-track tour', the Hardangervidda plateau made famous by the heroes of Telemark, and Jotunheim known as the “Home of the Giants” with more than 250 peaks above 1900m (6232ft), including Northern Europe's two highest peaks: Galdhøpiggen at 2469m (8098ft), and Glittertind at 2465m (8085ft).
Full details, dates and prices for our 'off-track' programme available in November.