1. SVALBARD, THE ARCTIC
Fly as far north as you possibly can by scheduled flight and step into a pristine Arctic wilderness. Untouched by man these breathtaking landscapes coupled with beautiful wildlife will surely leave you spellbound. You will travel silently on skis or by dog sled through the tundra surrounded by a backdrop of pure white mountains. See with your own eyes wildlife such as polar bears, arctic fox, Svalbard reindeer and seals. Out at sea you will find numerous species of whales and an array of seabirds from puffins and divers to skuas.
During the constant dark polar night, marvel at the wonder of the Northern Lights that dance directly above you. The aurora borealis will stretch out across the inky black sky with vivid greens and pale orange displays. In direct contrast to the long polar night a visit in the summer months offers 24 hour daylight. As it never gets dark at this time of year around the clock adventures are a reality, so buckle up and follow in the footsteps of explorers, trappers and by-gone adventurers.
Svalbard will leave you amazed, but will also awaken you to the reality of climate change that effects us all. Make the most of this wonderful destination as we know it today whilst you still can - the ice is melting.
(Ski-tour, dog sled or snowmobile across the frozen Arctic tundra where no man has been before). Click image to enlarge.
2. ICELAND, SCANDINAVIA
A land where fire and ice co-exist, with so many volcanoes and glaciers alongside each other it's no wonder ancient myth and legend still thrive today. Gaze upon geological features that you would be hard pushed to imagine in your wildest dreams and learn of the early Viking settlers with their captivating sagas.
Iceland also offers the winter visitor dazzling Northern Lights displays, so it is well worth learning how to use the long exposure settings on your DSLR before you visit.
Iceland's tourism industry is booming and with good reason. Is it not time to see what all the fuss is about? This is one destination in the world you simply must see with your own eyes and for the adventurous soul, opportunities abound.
(One of the stunning views to be savoured from Hotel Budir, Iceland). Click image to enlarge.
3. BOTSWANA, SOUTHERN AFRICA
From the Okavango Delta to the Makgadikgadi Pan, Botswana is a wildlife haven that offers the complete spectrum of experiences.
Enjoy traditional water and land based safaris alongside alternative means of exploration from quad biking to mirco-lighting. All this in a country that offers some of the rawest yet most luxurious safari camps. Pack your binoculars and prepare to be amazed.
(Stay right in the heart of the action at a camp in the middle of the delta). Click image to enlarge.
4. NAMIBIA, SOUTHERN AFRICA
A unique desert landscape, home to the Sussesvlei pan surrounded by high red dunes famed the world over. Why not plan a horseback safari through this most incredible destination (where NASA trialled it's Mars rovers)? If you are lucky, whilst travelling through Damaraland you will see specially adapted desert Elephants or witness a meteor shower as you drift off to sleep under the clearest of night skies.
Namibia is a country that offers truly extradordinary experiences for the traveller. It is often over shadowed by its more popular neighbours, however this is mainly due to ignorance and those that do venture into this captivating country are offered rich rewards.
(Travel on a multi-day horseback safari through scenery so beautiful it will move you). Click image to enlarge.
5. TANZANIA, EAST AFRICA
Tanzania, with wildlife viewing so spectacular that it leaves you speechless. In the Serengeti National Park witness the Great Migration where over a million animals can congregate following the rains and subsequent fresh grass growth. In Tanzania you will learn the true meaning of wilderness and marvel at the idea that once all of Africa teemed with such an abundance of animals.
Tanzania also offers the visitor the bucket list dream of climbing the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. At 19,431ft 'Kili' is the highest mountain in Africa and one of the seven summits.
(There are numerous camps dotted throughout the mighty Serengeti National Park). Click image to enlarge.
LET'S START PLANNING MY ADVENTURE
If you are itching to visit one of these wonderful destinations and need help planning an itinerary that you will feel comfortable with, speak to one of our Sandgrouse Travel consultants who will happily start working on an exciting proposal for you. Our inside knowledge and first hand experience of these remote locations can open some fascinating doors into a world of unique experential travel.
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