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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...

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS

Posted by on March 8th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Kilimanjaro , Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Travel Tips & Advice

MOUNT KILIMANJARO: MOUNTAIN FOOD IS THE SOURCE OF SUCCESS
FOOD IS FUEL ON MOUNT KILIMANJARO

To give you the very best chance of success on one of our Mount Kilimanjaro treks in Tanzania, we select a suitable route based on in-depth discussions with yourself coupled with our personal expertise, we consider all on-going aspects of each trek on the ground, as it happens. This includes perhaps most importantly, your nutritional needs.

We are proud to say that all the meals you consume whilst on a Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro are...

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT SWEDISH LAPLAND ON YOUR NEXT WINTER HOLIDAY

Posted by on February 29th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography, Scandinavia

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT SWEDISH LAPLAND ON YOUR NEXT WINTER HOLIDAY

Winter heaven – “Standing motionless staring out across the frozen seas; peaceful, meditative thoughts overcame me in this wonderful sub-arctic land – I took a moment to breathe in the pure, crisp, ultra-clean air, this must be a glimpse of winter heaven”

Our recent visit to Swedish Lapland opened my eyes to a winter getaway of tranquillity and beauty. A land of pristine wilderness, unspoilt and so different to the UK. For the adventurous amongst us, this environment can be enjoyed...

Live Your Dream: Discover The Northern Lights in a True Winter Wonderland

Posted by on October 12th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Europe, Luxury, Scandinavia

Live Your Dream: Discover The Northern Lights in a True Winter Wonderland
‘Winter is coming’ - this year get set for the Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

If you have been looking at your calendar lately filled with dread at the onset of our darker and mostly wetter winter months that are now ominously looming, don’t be. Instead start to get excited about them. As they say in the hit TV show Game Of Thrones, ‘winter is coming’ and with it an amazing opportunity to experience something you’ve always dreamed of, the magic of the Northern Lights. It may...

Real Travel Stories: 12,605ft Above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Climbing the Aiguille du Midi

Posted by on September 2nd 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club

Real Travel Stories: 12,605ft Above Chamonix-Mont-Blanc Climbing the Aiguille du Midi

"I think the word 'adventure' is really each our own to define' - Jonny Stage  

The Sandgrouse Explorers Club: High Altitude Cirque du Soleil on Mont Blanc  

Words by Jonny Stage. Pictures by Zsolt Kovacs.

The ultimate prize: 2m by 2m at 12,605ft above sea level or, rather, standing on top of the famous Aiguille du Midi with my friends. From here the alpine town of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc on the valley floor looks more like it might if you were sat comfortably cruising on a passenger jet on your...

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