5 Summer Holiday Experiences to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Friday, 21st January 2022

Pam Forrest

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There’s nothing like a wintery cold snap at home to make us contemplate the warmer months of summer and long days ideal for exploring. If you’re considering your summer holiday plans, we’ve rounded-up a few experiences worthy of consideration.

From immersing yourself in jaw-dropping scenery where you can savour space and tranquillity to getting up close to some of the animal kingdom’s most majestic creatures, or delving into man-made architectural wonders, read on for a little inspiration

Fabulous Fjords

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Norway is top of the heap when it comes to fjords. Well over 1000 of them contribute to the country’s long coastline – the longest in Europe. The capital, Oslo, sits at the head of a fjord, but it is the area known as Fjord Norway that proves so irresistible. Take a leisurely self-drive taking in big name draws such as UNESCO-listed Geirangerfjord as well as hidden gems. Or sit back and admire the views travelling by train and ferry.

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The verdant valleys, flower-speckled tundra and iceberg-filled fjords of South Greenland create an enticing Arctic setting for an unforgettable hiking adventure. Wild and remote, this captivating country has a profound impact on everyone who visits.

Volcanoes and Geothermal Wonders

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You needn’t be a geologist to get excited by volcanoes and geothermal wonders. Witnessing the power of our planet in the raw is mesmerising and humbling. Iceland is the place to visit for an abundance of volcanic features from geysers to bubbling mud pools, basalt towers and cavernous magma chambers to the newly formed lava from the country’s most recent eruption. See all Iceland self drives »

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If you’re thinking long haul once again, then New Zealand has its fair share of geothermal delights. Enjoy spring down under and take a trip along the Thermal Explorer Highway tracking down the sights of Rotorua and iconic cones of Tongariro’s trio of volcanoes.

City and Culture

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If your inclination is more towards warmer climes, consider a summer adventure in southern Europe, jumping aboard one of our new rail itineraries exploring Italy or Iberia. Rich in history and stunning architecture, each day unveils a treasure trove of cultural wonders and taste sensations. Take in Milan, Florence, Venice and Rome, or combine Spain and Portugal exploring the less-visited Atlantic coast.

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Uncover fascinating Nordic culture on a multi-country journey through the stylish capitals of Scandinavia. Travel on foot, by train and ship, soaking up the views and embracing local culture and cuisine.

Mountains and Lakes

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If you are craving vast open spaces with barely a soul in sight then head to the epic wilderness areas of Canada and Alaska. The forest-clad mountain ranges of the Rockies and Canada’s Pacific coast provide a head-spinning backdrop to activities from bear watching to horse riding; hiking to canoeing. Combine with Alaska to visit the towering peak of Denali, the highest mountain in North America.

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For quintessential alpine freshness, opt for slow travel taking the train to Switzerland. With no need to fly, journey by rail from London to Zurich for an immersive alpine experience. Four iconic rail journeys showcase Swiss engineering prowess as well as pristine scenery.

Wildlife Encounters

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Last, but never least… wildlife encounters are always high on holiday wish lists. From Iceland to Australia, our destinations leave plenty of scope for chance sightings of the weird and wonderful world of fauna, but if you want an immersive wildlife experience then join an Arctic cruise and head into the realm of the polar bear… where you could also spot walrus, seals, whales, Arctic fox, musk ox and countless birds.

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Stay on dry land and visit the ancient taiga forests of Finland where you can spend a night in a hide watching brown bears forage and play. Or head to Canada’s bear watching lodges to watch grizzly bears feast during the annual salmon run.

Feeling inspired?

Browse our itineraries using our Holiday Finder and then get in touch with our experts to create your perfect holiday. You can talk to our team on 01737 214 250 or if you prefer a virtual face-to-face, request a video chat when you enquire.

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