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The Film: Svalbard 78° North

Posted by on June 13th 2018 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Svalbard, Adventure at the North Pole

Spitsbergen, Svalbard: certainly one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, better still, it's easily accessible from mainland Norway with daily commercial flights. Curious and intrepid visitors alike are able to view some of the most dazzling displays of Aurora Borealis that can be seen anywhere in the world.

During the Polar Night there is 24-hours darkness here, at only 650-miles south of the North Pole, the northern lights in Spitsbergen are...

Introducing the Historic Bunchrew House by Inverness & the NC500

Posted by on May 24th 2018 in Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography, Scotland

Introducing the Historic Bunchrew House by Inverness & the NC500

Overlooking the wide open vistas of the very bonnie Beauly Firth sits the impressive Bunchrew House Hotel, just 6-miles west of Inverness. The hotel makes a perfect staging point for those exploring the area, or indeed those starting or finishing the now very popular North Coast 500.

The NC500 as it is known is Scotland's answer to 'Route 66', a spectacular route that winds itself around the Northern Highlands coast roads. Unlike the NC500 however, Bunchrew House...

Buy your incredible experience now: Arctic Adventure with Will Copestake the 'UK Adventurer of the Year'

Posted by on November 28th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Ambassadors, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Sandgrouse News, Scandinavia

Buy your incredible experience now: Arctic Adventure with Will Copestake the 'UK Adventurer of the Year'
Join 'UK & Scotland Adventurer of the Year', Will Copestake in Arctic Svalbard. Book your 2017 adventure today and kayak at the top of the world with Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions  ***No previous experience required***

Every now and again in life an opportunity presents itself that should be grabbed with both hands. Our latest luxury adventure offering, which sees you on expedition in the high Arctic with some of the best guides in the world is one of those unique chances not to...

What is a typical day on safari like?

Posted by on October 12th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography

What is a typical day on safari like?
WHAT IS A DAY ON SAFARI ACTUALLY LIKE? THINKING OF A SAFARI HOLIDAY AND WONDERING HOW A TYPICAL DAY IS STRUCTURED? WE HEAR FROM THE LODGE MANAGER AT ONE OF ZAMBIA'S TOP LUXURY SAFARI LODGES

A typical day at your Zambian safari lodge as written by a lodge manager:

Between 05:30 and 06:30 (depending on the season) you will be gently woken by a soft knock on your door from one of the friendly members of staff. Make sure to wear something...

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...

Luxury Scotland Holidays planned by Edinburgh based Sandgrouse Travel

Posted by on July 9th 2016 in Europe, Inspiration, Luxury, Photography, Scotland, Travel Tips & Advice

Luxury Scotland Holidays planned by Edinburgh based Sandgrouse Travel

We can tailormake your next holiday to include everything you dream of whilst here in Scotland. Our 'Luxury Scotland' itineraries can include anything you wish, from a round of golf at the famous St. Andrews Old Course to whisky tasting at a single malt distillery on Islay. With Sandgrouse Travel, you have access to extraordinary experiences, and you could even be staying in some of Scotland's best castles. The below series of photographs gives you a sneak peak, sometimes literally through the keyhole, into some of the great monuments...

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...

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die

Posted by on February 24th 2016 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Europe, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club, Scandinavia , Travel Tips & Advice

Bucket List Stuff: Five Adventurous Places To Visit Before You Die
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...

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...

Real Travel Stories: The Highest Peak in North Africa Mount Toubkal at 13,671ft.

Posted by on August 12th 2015 in Adventure & Expeditions, Africa, Inspiration, Photography, Sandgrouse Explorers Club

Mount Toubkal and the Atlas Mounatins

"We inched our way to the summit peak, where upon we were blessed with endless views. The whole mountain range stretched out beneath our feet. We felt on top of the world!" - Erik Renz.

The Sandgrouse Explorers Club: Adventure in the High Atlas Mountains 

Mount Toubkal is situated in Morocco and is the highest peak in North Africa at an elevation of 13,671 feet (4,163 metres). It is one of the most scenically beautiful places to visit in the whole of North Africa. With regular cloudless days,...

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