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COMING SOON: ULTION PRIVÉ

Posted by on July 4th 2024 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scotland

James Bond trip Scotland, ultimate off market James Bond experiences

It is with great excitement and pride that we are able to announce the forthcoming introduction of our ULTION PRIVÉ experience.

Via ULTION PRIVÉ, you and our VIP members are granted unparalleled access to the ultimate in Scottish adventure and landscape, combined with the very finest in luxury and attention to detail.

Absolutely unique, entirely bespoke and reassuringly exclusive. 

To register your interest and to talk to a member of the team, please email: jonny@sandgrousetravel.com  

The newest and most eco-friendly expedition ship in the Arctic

Posted by on November 28th 2023 in Adventure & Expeditions, Luxury, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia

Luxury eco-friendly Arctic Cruise
MOST ECO-FRIENDLY SHIP IN THE ARCTIC WITH SANDGROUSE TRAVEL & EXPEDITIONS

We are thrilled to announce that we are now working with the newest and most eco-friendly expedition ship in the Arctic, offering Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions clients the chance to cruise both the Svalbard archipelago and Greenland's east coast, in true comfort!

Luxurious cabins, spacious, bright and airy communal areas as well as a open to all viewing bridge, not to mention an on deck hot-tub and...

Crossing the Arctic Circle - A 650km Snowmobile Expedition into the heart of Lapland with VetRun180, UK based Military Charity

Posted by on March 15th 2022 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia

Crossing the Arctic Circle - A 650km Snowmobile Expedition into the heart of Lapland with VetRun180, UK based Military Charity

In late February of 2022 the world looked to be well on course to rapidly opening up post the Covid-19 pandemic. Suddenly travel dreams were once more obtainable desires and no longer mere pipedreams. For almost two years our dreams had lain on the backburner as a “one day when the world is back to normal” fantasy.

And so it was that the fantastic military charity VetRun180 re-approached Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions with a view...

Summer Northern Lights & Family Adventures in Sweden!

Posted by on February 23rd 2020 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Floating Sauna on the Lake in Swedish Lapland - Lapland Sweden Summer Camping
The Summer Northern Lights have now been  officially switched on with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions! Discover an incredible alternative summer destination in 2020 with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions complete with the chance of Aurora displays (from late August onwards). Head north with the whole family or a group of great friends for a summer adventure holiday with a quirky difference!   Swedish Lapland is firmly on the radar of those dreaming of a winter adventure, however this magical part of the Boreal Forest...

Wim Hof Method Scottish Breaks - Join the Movement!

Posted by on November 28th 2018 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Scandinavia , Scotland

Wim Hof Method Scottish Breaks - Join the Movement!
THE WIM HOF METHOD - DISCOVER YOUR INNER FIRE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS

Optimize your body and mind using cold exposure to practice breathing techniques and change your mind set!

The world famous Wim Hof (a.k.a. The Ice Man) Method is based on three pillars: cold therapy, breathing and commitment. Mastering these pillars and learning how to combine them, will result in a multitude of benefits, such as increased energy and focus, enhanced mental and physical performance, sleeping soundly, greater cold tolerance and a creative mind.

Mallorca - The European Cycling Mecca

Posted by on October 31st 2018 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Travel Tips & Advice

Cycling in Mallorca
So, why do I need to plan a winter cycling vacation to Mallorca? 

If you head back through our archives you will see that we featured an article about the luxurious side to the island of Mallorca titled, Mallorca - The Luxury Jewel in the Mediterranean. The article went some way to explaining why Mallorca deserves your respect and attention and should be added to your 'bucket list'. Now we look to combine two of our great loves, luxury hotels in stunning destinations, with our love...

"SCOTLAND WILD SLEEPS" - NEW INNOVATIVE MICRO-ESCAPES FOR EVERYONE

Posted by on April 14th 2018 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Inspiration, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scotland, Travel Tips & Advice

Scotland Wild Camping
ESCAPE; WAKE UP SURROUNED BY RUGGED MOUNTAINS IN WILDERNESS THAT'S GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

Scotland is a destination to rival any of the 'trending' locations seen in our in-flight magazines or Instagram feeds. A small, beautiful country that packs an almighty punch. It could be said, Scotland is clichéd by images of hairy Highland cows, castles perched on rocky outcrops and tartan clad pipers in heathered glens. And yet, Scotland has a habit of delivering on these classic images. This is a country rich in heritage. A place defined by rugged...

FANTASTIC SNOWMEN AND WHERE TO FIND THEM

Posted by on March 5th 2017 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Luxury, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Where to build the best snowman
How many wintry experiences have you and the family managed to savour this year?

Has the winter all but gone with the family bonding time of snowball fights, snowman building and epic sledging wipe-outs failing to materialise? Hmmm, we thought so. Fear not, Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions can help you out.

Here in Scotland and even across much of Europe, people have struggled to find the winter conditions of old. There is still a place however where the winter...

Notes from Svalbard: Land of Trolls, the Aurora Borealis and Polar Bears

Posted by on August 8th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Scandinavia

Notes from Svalbard: Land of Trolls, the Aurora Borealis and Polar Bears

Below are a series of diary extracts, written by our Polar and Scandinavian travel expert, Jonny, whilst he was back at basecamp in Longyearbyen after what he descibes as "an unforgettable multi-day dog sledding expedition into the heart of the wild". 

"Leaving the dog yard I felt as if I was a member of 'The Night's Watch' heading for the first time 'north of the wall'. It wasn't hard to imagine somewhere out there the likes of trolls, orks and 'white walkers'. In reality we knew there were at least...

Wilderness Dreaming: Plan Your Outdoor Holiday & Find Your Inner Reset Button

Posted by on July 1st 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Luxury, Scandinavia , Scotland, Travel Tips & Advice

Wilderness Dreaming: Plan Your Outdoor Holiday & Find Your Inner Reset Button
DISCOVER SOMETHING BIGGER & SPEND MORE TIME OUTDOORS 

We at Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions find ourselves being called back to magical parts of the world in a reoccuring cycle. From here at home in Scotland and within the UK, to remote corners of world such as Scandinavia and Africa we go in search of our 'fix'. These callings lurk within us all and if neglected they become almost nagging desires. It is this same emotion that is essentially the driving force behind people booking a holiday (or two or three) each year.

People need...

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