If you love dramatic landscapes, you’ll love the contrast between black volcanic beaches, white-peaked mountains and vertiginous waterfalls on this five-day getaway to Iceland. Scooting through the frozen wilderness on a snowmobile, soaking in a natural hot spring, and keeping an eye out for the Northern Lights are just a few of the highlights. Get a true taste of Iceland by breaking geothermally baked bread and downing shots of brennivín with your new-found friends and Local Insider guide. A private jeep trip around the Golden Circle – southern Iceland’s hat-trick of scenic sights – will be the icing on the cake.
Embrace the adventure capital of Europe on this five-day trip to North Wales. You’ll get acquainted with the hulking sea cliffs of Anglesey as you climb, scramble, swim and jump around them on a coasteering expedition. High fives will be in order once your small group has sped through a disused slate mine on a zipline, before cycling around the lake and moors surrounding local beauty spot, Llyn Brenig. Then for Snowdon, that dramatic peak laced with well-trodden walking trails. Tired? Snuggle up around the campfire of a rustic lodge in the foothills of Snowdonia and spot stars in the clearest of skies.
For a few blissful days, you’ll practise meditation in the bucolic Thames Valley, just west of London, on this foray into waterside wellness. Have you tried SUP yoga? We think you’ll love the combination of posing on a paddleboard as much as wild swimming in the calm River Thames. Look out for kingfishers and buzzards as you hike the wildlife-rich Goring Gap, a lesser-known area of outstanding natural beauty that’s perfect for silent meditation. But it’s not all wellness work, work, work – sipping Tutts Clump Cider with your co-trippers will be a pleasure, as will the farewell dinner.
There’s a reason that Devon rhymes with heaven: it’s one of the loveliest spots in the UK, home to cliff-backed beaches, sleepy villages and wild, windswept moors. Coastal walks and sea swimming off secret sandy beaches will revive you as much as a longer spa trip. Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and cycling an old railway line are also on the itinerary. Don’t worry: afternoon tea at a country house hotel dials things down to a gentle pace, perfect for you and your tripmates to debate whether to spread cream or jam first onto freshly baked scones.