At Adventure Coordinators we like adventures in any kind of weather. And winter is no exception. In cold weather, sun on our face, we strap on snowshoes or cross-country skis and take to the trails of some of the most beautiful parts of the world.
Here are our favourite adventures in the snow - eight winter activity trips in Europe.
1) Iceland Northern Lights
The Northern Lights can be dramatic, eruptive, fleeting and enigmatic. Never guaranteed, sightings rely on minimal light pollution, solar activity and clear skies. The key to any Aurora trip is enjoying the whole experience, regardless of what happens in the night sky. This is where Iceland comes into its own. Roaring waterfalls, icebergs littered on black volcanic sand and mighty volcanoes dotting the horizon. With a local guide on hand keen to show you 'their' Iceland, and alert to the prevailing conditions and the likelihood of a light show you will be well placed both literally and metaphorically, to see all that Iceland has to offer.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECZT
2) Finnish Wilderness Week
In the heart of Oulanka National Park sits Basecamp Oulanka, a self-sustained complex of wooden buildings in a truly stunning location. In one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe, you are able to enjoy a variety of winter activities in this beautiful landscape and hardly ever see another soul. Dogsledding through the silent snow-caked forests, you couldn’t feel more removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Get back to nature this winter and head to Basecamp.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECFA
3) Norway: Arctic Lights & Whales
'Spectacular' is no overstatement for the Vesteralen Islands in Northern Norway. The archipelago sits within the Arctic Circle and offers an intoxicating cocktail of fjords and mountains all teeming with wildlife, from soaring eagles to sea otters and reindeer. Crucially, thanks to the Gulf Stream, winters here are relatively mild.
Our base in Buksnesfjord is perfectly located to explore the beauty of this landscape by day and its skyscape by night. Needless to say, this far north the Aurora is rarely troubled by light pollution and displays, though never guaranteed, can be extraordinary.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECNC
4) Norway: Cross-country Skiing: Mosstrond
The shores of frozen Lake Mosvatn, on the edge of the Hardangervidda National Park, is our beautiful base for this week of isolated off track skiing. All from the doorstep of our historic accommodation. Setting out across the frozen lake, we explore the winter landscape and have the chance to develop both confidence and skill while discovering new routes and trails every day. The skiing will be off-track, the only tracks you are likely to see will be those of elk or reindeer.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECXN
5) Swedish Lapland Activity Week
On the frozen shores of the Lulea Archipelago in the Gulf of Bothnia, lies Pine Bay Lodge, our home for a week of exciting winter activities. Our premium accommodation is a small boutique hotel in the classic Swedish Red Cottage style.
In this region of Sweden the sea can freeze up to a metre thick, while the tidal currents of the Baltic Sea creates an exciting backdrop of broken pack ice, sometimes several metres high. During the week we will travel by snowmobile out into the bay to experience this amazing natural phenomenon. On other days we enjoy more traditional, Arctic activities including ice-fishing, a husky safari through the forest, and a snowshoe hike through pristine forests in search of the awe-inspiring northern lights.
This is a perfect week of activities for those looking to get into a remote corner of this beautiful region of Sweden.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECSL
6) Arctic Sweden & the Icehotel
Deep inside the Arctic Circle in Swedish Lapland sits the peaceful hamlet of Lappeasuando. From here all that lies ahead is a land characterised by deep forests, frozen lakes and the extraordinary Northern Lights.
Our base is ideally located to explore the surrounding wilderness, with a week packed full of activities. Our Arctic adventure culminates with a memorable night in the magical Icehotel, the perfect end to a truly unforgettable adventure trip.
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7) Cross-country Skiing in the Swiss Alps
Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, where the great arc of the Alps culminates in some of its highest and most spectacular peaks, Kandersteg is a cross-country skier's paradise. This area epitomises the 'chocolate-box' Alps: wild mountains, topped with glistening glaciers. We stay at the charming Hotel Alfa Soleil, owned by the Seiler family. We explore the winter landscape and have the chance to develop both confidence and skill while discovering new routes and trails every time.
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8) Snowshoeing in the Dolomites
On the northern edge of Italy's most impressive mountain range, in the Alta Pusteria Valley and just north of Cortina d'Ampezzo, lies the charming village of Villabassa. This area of the Dolomites is perfect for snowshoeing with routes leading into Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Trek along forest trails and old military tracks to the magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m), learning more about the impact of World War 1 in this area along the way. Our base for the week will be the superb Hotel Adler, situated in the centre of the town and one of the best hotels we feature in our entire programme. This 4-star accommodation provides the perfect place to unwind after a day’s snowshoeing, with Michelin recommended cuisine and a relaxing wellness centre.
Need more information? Contact us and quote code ECIS