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The Best Mountain Vacations in Europe

From lava-filled volcanoes off Sicily to dazzling Icelandic glaciers, Europe is home to the most beautiful mountainous regions in the world. Tick off a handful of the best on these TRIPS by Culture Trip.
Nina Zietman
8 Apr 2022
It’s hard to beat Europe when it comes to mountains. Snow-capped behemoths, scaling heights of up to 5,000m (16,404ft), can be found in the Caucasus range in Georgia, while bubbling volcanic islands await in the balmy Mediterranean. Plus there’s a smattering of mountains in the UK to discover – from Snowdon in Wales to Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. Read on to discover the best mountain vacations in Europe, all bookable with Culture Trip.
2 . Off-road on Europe’s most active volcano in Sicily

Sicily is known for its centuries-old ruins, pristine beaches and deep-fried arancini. It also offers incredible views towards Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano on the continent. As part of this 10-day trip, you’ll climb aboard a 4X4 to explore the volcano itself, bouncing over crusted lava fields and discovering steaming craters. You’ll also get the chance to island-hop between Panarea and Stromboli – the latter being the most reliable place to see a blood-red lava eruption. Don’t miss out on a dip in the geothermal pools on Vulcano, either, warmed by water bubbling up from the earth’s core.

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3 . Hike through the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Think the Alps are impressive? You’ll be blown away by the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia, which boast seven peaks over 5,000m high. For context, the legendary Mont Blanc is only 4,809m (15,777ft). This once-in-a-lifetime expedition will take you to the heart of this towering mountain range, including a three-hour hike up to the photogenic Gergeti Trinity Church and a stop-off at Ananuri Castle. Take the opportunity to join an extra hike through an alpine meadow near Juta, one of the highest villages in the region – you’ll be rewarded with uninterrupted views of the jagged and snow-capped Chaukhi Massif.

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4 . Go snowshoeing and dog sledding in the Scottish Highlands

Swoosh along snowy tracks in a sled, pulled by a team of Siberian huskies. No, you’re not in the Arctic Circle: you’re on a four-day excursion to the Scottish Highlands, where you’ll meet the world championship-winning dog sled team at Bowlands Trails, and enjoy gourmet chocolate tasting at Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier. You’ll go snowshoeing in Glencoe, the oldest ski resort in Scotland, and try out ice climbing at Ice Factor, the world’s largest indoor ice climbing centre. Unwind later with a well-deserved whiskey by the crackling fireplace at the hotel bar.

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5 . Snap photos of glistening glaciers and sky-scraping waterfalls in Iceland

Marvel at snow-capped peaks and thundering waterfalls on this five-day expedition to Iceland. Take in the must-see natural wonders on a Golden Circle tour via private jeep, stopping at Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall, before a thrilling snowmobile excursion across one of the largest glaciers in the country. There’s also essential relaxation time factored in, namely soaking in the Giljaböð hot springs while the Northern Lights dance overhead – if you’re lucky. Toast your trip with a shot of the Icelandic spirit, brennivín.

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