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Scale takes on meaning as you clamber amid huge faces of brilliant white and surreal blue ice and hear the eerie groans and cracks as the gl   Find out more.

Scale takes on meaning as you clamber amid huge faces of brilliant white and surreal blue ice and hear the eerie groans and cracks as the glacier shifts inevitably lower beneath your crampon-clad feet.
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AT48 – Fire & Ice

7:12 pm in Iceland, Northern Europe by Northern-Europe

One week from £795pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £795pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

In a land of extremes, Southern Iceland is famous for its volcanoes, geysers and glaciers, as well as its hot tubs in the snow and icy vodka by warm fires. It is a place of often surprising natural beauty and contrasts, where flowers bloom in snowy meadows, the magnificent Northern Lights brighten the night sky and whales splash amid icebergs. 

What to do there…

Southern Iceland is packed with activities and perfect for 5 to 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Glacier-treks, Volcano-treks, Hiking, Snow-mobiles, Scenic-flights, Bird-watching, Whale-watching, Fishing, Rafting, Horse-riding.
  • Other: Golf, Jacuzzi, Spa/Massage, Quad-bikes, 4x4-tours.

Where to stay…

4* Hotel Ranga is a cosy, eccentric lodge on the banks of a salmon river near the famous Mt Hekla volcano. From Sep-Apr there is a high chance of viewing the Aurora from one of the outdoor geothermal hot-tubs. The proprietors’ passion for their country is infectious and they know all the secrets of a great adventure here.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Keflavik airport is 2h by car; Reykjavik city about 1h.
  • Weather: cool/cold all year round, freezing Dec-Mar.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

Iceland is a magical, elemental place that charms your socks off. The hotels might not have hand-carved Italian marble sinks, but luxury isn’t about that here. It is more essential, to be found in experiences such as bathing in a volcano-heated lagoon, or eating fish caught fresh that day. Iceland is just full to the brim with exciting things to do and friendly, engaging people ready to share it all with you. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Fire and Ice

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AT49 – Svalbard Skies

7:12 pm in Northern Europe, Norway by Northern-Europe

One week from £1095pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be   Find out more.

One week from £1095pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and B&B accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

High in the Arctic Circle, Svalbard is a land of glaciers, tundra, polar bears and reindeer. Perpetual night descends Nov-Jan and the Aurora Borealis heralds in the spring. From Apr-Aug it becomes a land of midnight sun, with a brilliant red-dawn sky and warm bright nights. 

What to do there…

Svalbard is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Northern-lights, Dog-sledding, Bear-tracking, Glacier-treks, Hiking, Kayaking, Boat-trips, Horse-riding, Snow-mobiles.
  • Other: Sauna, Fishing, Polar-safari, Arctic-dining.

Where to stay…

4* Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen is the northernmost full-service hotel in the world. It is situated in Longyearbyen and is the best on the island.
 

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Svalbard is about 1.5h flight from Tromso and 3h from Oslo.
Weather: cold all year round, freezing Nov-May.  

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is nothing quite like the warmth you feel wrapped up in fleeces and a windproof, staring out from your Husky-sled at a polar bear, or touring an ice grotto inside a glacier. Svalbard is truly exceptional. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Svalbard Skies

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AT50 – Lapland Cabins

7:12 pm in Northern Europe, Norway by Northern-Europe

One week from £1295pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £1295pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and FB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The Lapland Alps rise out of Arctic fjords like enormous cliff walls straining to hold back giant snowdrifts. Speedboat along the water, picking out the lines you plan to carve down the mountainside. Then, with oxygen-rich air surging into your lungs, trek up 1,000m+ peaks, finishing the day with the off-piste ride of your life. 

What to do there…

Lapland is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Skiing/Snowboarding, Off-Piste, Cross-country-ski, Northern-lights, Scenic-flights, Dog-sledding, Glacier-treks, Boat-trips, Fishing, Hiking, Nature-walks, Sailing, Kayaking, Horse-riding, Sleigh-riding, Photography.
  • Other: Sauna, Jacuzzi, Library, Kid-friendly.

Where to stay…

4.5* Lyngen Lodge is the perfect place to experience the magic of Arctic Norway. Beautiful, comfortable and homely, this fjord-side luxury cabin has startling mountain views from its decadent outdoor hot-tub. For pure dog-sledding magic, try 3* Engholm Husky Lodge – a series of delightful wilderness cabins, offering a multi-day tour.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Tromso is about 2h from Lyngen by car + ferry or the same from Karasjok via Lakselv (<1h flight + 1h car). Storfjord is about 2h from Oslo via Aalesund (<1h flight + <1h car).
  • Weather: freezing Nov-Mar, cool Apr-Oct.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

The winter wonder of the Northern Lights is best seen from January to early March, while the ski season continues until May. If you go for the beautiful Karasjok dog-sled lodges, you forgo a little luxury but gain so much in charming remote exclusivity that you won’t notice. Laplanders go above and beyond to make sure you have an amazing time, whatever you choose to do – so just go for it! We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Lapland Cabins

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AT26 – Pleasure & Paine

7:12 pm in Chile, South America by South-America

One week from £3395pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3395pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and AI accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

The giant twisting rock towers of Torres del Paine, deep in Southern Patagonia, climb majestically out of a fairytale landscape where tiny snowflakes sparkle like falling crystals in the sunshine, flowers pop out through frozen meadows and out-of-place pink flamingos stand in an iceberg filled lake. 

What to do there…

Torres del Paine is packed with activities and perfect for 7 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Boat-trips, Glacier-treks, Photography, Ecology, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Wine-tasting, Ranch-visits, Swimming, Jacuzzi, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

5* Hotel Salto Chico is the perfect place to experience the wonder of Torres del Paine, with the best views, facilities and their own stables. Adventure guides flock from all over the world to study here, such is their dedication to service. 5* Patagonia Camp is an exciting, eco-alternative, with luxury yurts around a stylish central lodge.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Santiago to Torres del Paine is 3.5-4h flight (to Punta Arenas) and 5-5.5h drive. Santiago to Portillo is 1.5-2h drive.
  • Weather: Santiago is warm and dry year round, Torres del Paine is cold and dry, with snow Jun-Sep.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

There is something truly special about returning from an exciting day’s hike, lying back in a hot tub in a frozen wilderness and sipping champagne while your damp hair freezes and turns crunchy. Or taking a horse-ride through the snow to a lake where a great glacier ‘seeds’ sky-blue icebergs that float gently towards you. These are the moments that make Torres del Paine fantastical. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: Pleasure and Paine

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AT14 – South Island Spectacle

7:12 pm in Australasia & Polynesia, New Zealand by Australasia-Polynesia

One week from £3995pp – based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel What it feels like to be there   Find out more.

One week from £3995pp - based on 2 sharing, including flights and HB accommodation at a featured hotel

What it feels like to be there...

Queenstown is the heart of South Island’s action zone. Elegant snow-capped mountains, giant creaking glaciers, fresh clear lakes, roaring waterfalls and towering fjords surround you. The people of this beautiful region practically invented adventure sports, such is their dedication to fun in the great outdoors. Join in, you will be amazed! 

What to do there…

Queenstown is packed with activities and perfect for 7 to 10 days:
  • Major: Hiking, Heli-skiing, Glacier-treks, Jet-boating, Nature-walks, Horse-riding, Wine-tasting, Fishing, Rock-climbing, Mountain-biking, Cycling, Bungee, Rafting, Kayaking, Scuba-diving, Golf, Spa/Massage.
  • Other: Jacuzzi, Games, Library, Gym/Fitness.

Where to stay…

The 5* Blanket Bay, Glenorchy, is one of the world’s very best super-luxury activity hotels. A stylish lakeside lodge nestled beneath beautiful mountains, this place offers something of everything adventurous. Add fine dining, great wine and Jacuzzis, and the full package will keep even the most demanding guests satisfied.

Some practical information worth knowing…

  • Travel: Queenstown (<1h from Glenorchy) is a 1h flight or 6h scenic drive from Christchurch, or a 2h flight from Auckland.
  • Weather: South Island is mild with relatively few rainy days per month year-round. Jun-Aug is coolest, Dec-Feb warmest.

What the AdventureTemples travel community says…

New Zealand’s amazing environment has long made it an adventure traveller’s destination of choice. Now it has found a whole new gear: luxury overdrive! To differentiate from the many good basic hotels, the very best lodges use helicopters to whisk you around, getting you off the beaten track and giving you a month’s worth of experiences in a week. If you have the means, this is truly the ultimate package. We'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. To add a comment or check out what our community has to say, please click here: South Island Spectacle

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