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‘Sluggish happiness’ in Italy, Finland, Sweden or Iceland

The Scotland-based firm Sluggish Journey advocates a extra aware method to exercise holidays. Choices embrace climbing and yoga within the Italian Alps, mountain biking in Sweden and horse driving and rambling in Iceland. On the Finnish Happiness journey, visitors keep in log cabins by a lake in Lapland and actions embrace canoeing underneath the midnight solar, mountaineering, swimming, swamp foraging and every day saunas. On all journeys, 5% of the price goes to native conservation initiatives, which in Finland may imply serving to defend the uncommon Saimaa ringed seal, preserving forests or supporting a youngsters’s environmental charity.
From £876 for 5 nights, slow-adventure.com

Swim, snorkel and hike in Croatia, Italy or Sweden

The brand new, sustainable sport of seatrekking entails transferring alongside a shoreline in water and on land, leaving no hint – swimming, snorkelling and mountaineering, and sleeping within the open air. SeaNomads is considered one of plenty of firms now providing guided excursions: on Cres, Croatia; in Kullaberg, Sweden; and in Portofino and Elba, Italy. A typical day begins with yoga and respiration workouts, adopted by swimming and mountaineering, then organising camp, consuming across the hearth and sleeping on an airbed (underneath a tarp if it’s raining).

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There are additionally free-diving and cliff-jumping classes. Learners’ excursions embrace an additional introductory day, and all gear – wetsuit, fins, snorkel, sleeping bag, mattress, range, water bag – is offered.
From £392 for a four-night rookies’ tour, subsequent journey 12-16 June, seanomads.de

Boots or bike – and a raft, France

Bikerafting in jap France

One other up-and-coming journey sport, packrafting entails mountaineering with a conveyable inflatable one-person boat for crossing lakes or navigating rivers. Secret River Expeditions runs two-day journeys across the Verdon Gorge, south-east France, both exploring lakes simply north of the gorge or getting into the canyon itself for a extra superior journey with rapids and abseiling.

It additionally runs two- or three-day bikerafting adventures in Annecy and Aix-les-Bains, the place you cycle slightly than hike, and paddle alongside rivers, canals and lakes (the bikes are carried on the boats). Some journeys characteristic bivouacs or tenting; others have choices to remain in lodges or a lodge. One-day or half-day tasters are additionally obtainable (from £73/£43).
From £330 for 2 days or £407 for 3, secretriver-expe.com

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On the ropes in Poland

Aerial motion courses in Poland’s Beskid mountains

“Aerial motion” combines acrobatics, health coaching, pilates and yoga, utilizing a form of hammock to help the physique. Learners can attempt it on a week-long woodland retreat within the Beskid mountains of southern Poland. There are every day expertise classes utilizing silks, hoop, trapeze, rope and bungee, and every day aerial yoga or pilates courses.

In between, visitors can hike the forest trails, maybe to the summit of Barania Gora (1,220 metres). Members comply with a 16/8 intermittent fasting eating regimen, with brunch at 11am and dinner at 7pm, adopted by a 16-hour quick. The brand new-build retreat centre has shared and personal rooms.
From £1,150 for seven nights, 10% off for bookings 90 days upfront, subsequent retreat 2-9 April, flowmove.eu

Paddleboarding Norway’s fjords

Standup paddleboarding on a lake in northern Norway

Standup paddleboarding is booming, and SUP-focused holidays now vary from mindfulness to health. SUP & Soul’s Norwegian retreat combines paddleboarding with nature connection in a forest close to Ekne, north of Trondheim. SUP classes happen on fjords and a mountain lake.

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Different actions embrace mountaineering and swimming; forest yoga and qigong; and artwork, music and dance workshops. There may be additionally a summer time solstice ceremony. Friends keep in tree tents, yurts or cabins.
From £1,450 for six nights, 17-23 June, supandsoul.co.uk

Spain’s three peaks problem

Tackling Spain’s three peaks, within the Sierra Nevada

Those that’ve executed the British Three Peaks Problem (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) could also be tempted by the Spanish equal – although Los Tres Picos are significantly increased. Adventurous Ewe runs a four-night journey in Sierra Nevada, dwelling to the three highest mountains in mainland Spain: Alcazaba (3,371m), Veleta (3,394m) and Mulhacén (3,482m).

The group climbs a mountain a day, trekking for seven to 10 hours every day and staying in distant huts. It’s a robust problem with some scrambling, however no climbing expertise is required – and the views over mountains to the Mediterranean make all that effort worthwhile.
£725 for 4 nights, subsequent journey 27-31 Could, adventurousewe.co.uk

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Horse driving in Albania

Horse riders on a mountain path in Albania

Equus Journeys runs horseback path rides throughout Europe (and the world), aimed toward adventurous, intermediate-level riders. Riders transfer on nearly each day, tenting or staying in easy lodging. Journeys vary from brief breaks in Eire to eight days trekking throughout Iceland.

On the Historic Mountain Trails journey in Albania, riders discover hills, valleys and forests, medieval villages, ruined castles and Byzantine monasteries. The journey begins and finishes within the Unesco-listed metropolis of Gjirokastër and nights are spent at homestays, cooking and consuming with native households.

Learners can be higher with a centre-based vacation – there are alternatives in Poland, Portugal, Eire and Italy, some appropriate for households.
From £1,061 for seven nights, subsequent journey 23-30 March, equus-journeys.com

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Browsing for newbies in Portugal

Learners’s browsing close to Lagos

Learners can study to surf in a supportive, small group atmosphere on this week-long women-only camp in Lagos, Portugal. There are 5 full days of surf teaching, with one teacher to a most of 4 college students, one-to-one video teaching and group idea classes. The worth additionally contains two surf skate classes and one surf-inspired yoga class (every day yoga is accessible for an additional price, as are massages and a SUP tour).

Friends keep in a surf lodge with a pool, whirlpool bathtub and gardens, in non-public or shared rooms, safari tents or cabins. Most meals are offered, together with a welcome dinner with wine-tasting and an end-of-week barbecue. Additionally appropriate for intermediate surfers.
Seven nights from £844, 13-20 April, rideonretreats.com

Physique artwork on the Lofoten islands

Bodypainting retreat, Lofoten islands. {Photograph}: Ewa Kalinowska/Vilija Vitkute

The traditional artwork of bodypainting is having a resurgence, with a bodypainting weekend in Hvar, Croatia, on 8 and 9 June, and the World Bodypainting pageant in Klagenfurt, Austria, from 17-21 September.

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A brand new retreat on Norway’s Lofoten islands mixes bodypainting, nature and motion. Members study primary physique artwork, plus strategies similar to camouflage, summary, UV and face portray. There are hula-hoop courses, transferring meditations, mountaineering, swimming, SUP, and a dwell bodypainting present night time. Friends keep in beachfront cabins with use of an out of doors scorching tub and sauna, and eat domestically grown vegan/vegetarian meals. No artwork expertise is critical (however you most likely must be comfy with nudity).
From £1,670 for seven nights, 6-12 August, vilijaart.com

Swimrun camp, Spain

Swimrun is an endurance sport, often for groups of two, combining path operating and open-water swimming. The unique race, in 2002, was an island-hopping contest on the Stockholm archipelago that began as a drunken wager between mates and is now the Ötillö Swimrun World Championship.

In April, a coaching camp in Calella de Palafrugell on the Costa Brava can be led by Sarah Hansson, a swimrun champion, private coach and yoga instructor. Members run and swim 12-18km a day round nationwide parks, mountains, seashores and villages, with afternoon yoga classes for restoration, and keep in a four-star lodge with pool, a couple of minutes’ stroll from the ocean. The camp is aimed toward intermediate ranges and above, however rookies can discover UK workshops at swimrun-advice.com.
£535 for 4 days, swimrun-adventure-camp-costa-brava-2024

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