Snow Over Sand: Embracing the Winter with Outdoor Adventures
Time at home to realize personal passions has changed how people think about the world
With summer officially coming to a close this week, outdoor enthusiasts don’t have to mourn the end. Abercrombie & Kent has curated active adventures that showcase the beauty of snow-covered destinations and feature activities best experienced in the winter months. From snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing in Finland and Sweden to tracking wolves in Wyoming, chasing the Northern Lights in Alaska, traversing steep mountain ridges in Iceland and exploring the White Continent with an expert photographer.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in requests for the outdoors from our guests over the past year,” explains Beth Sherer, Director Product Development & Operations. “Towards the end of last year, we crafted journeys that reveal the beauty of destinations in the winter. We received positive feedback from guests and travel advisors and have since added more opportunities to explore remote destinations and cultures in a way that’s only possible during the winter months.”
For travellers who prefer snow over sand, Abercrombie & Kent offers a range of luxury small group and private, Tailor Made journeys in Europe, the U.S. and Antarctica.
New for 2022: Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland
Experience an exhilarating winter adventure from cosmopolitan Helsinki and Stockholm to the far-north wilds of Lapland, learning the ways of the indigenous Sami people on an exclusive visit to a reindeer farm, venturing above the Arctic Circle for a sled-dog safari and searching for the northern lights.
- Explore charming Helsinki and magnificent Stockholm
- Visit a Finnish family in their private forest home to learn about their life as moose hunters
- Join a young Sami couple as they share the traditions, spirituality and history of their people
- Relax in some of Scandinavia’s most exclusive and unusual accommodations: a hotel built over an Arctic Lake, glass-domed Aurora Cabins and suites set in the Finnish forest
- Savor dinner in a snow castle, newly created each winter
- Limited to 18 guests; 11 days from $13,295 per person; departures available Jan-Mar
Tailor Made Finland: Helsinki & Lapland
Take it private and explore Lapland on a romantic journey filled with a wide array of activities for couples that capture the wonder of the region. Imagine soaking in a Jacuzzi while watching for the northern lights or snowshoeing beneath sparkling Arctic night skies.
- Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the snow-draped forests of a real-life winter wonderland
- Hunt for the aurora borealis on a thrilling snowmobile safari through the Fell Lapland
- Relax in a traditional Finnish sauna, and perhaps, opt for a dip into the ice waters of Lake Sieri.
- Visit with herders at a reindeer farm, keeping warm with hot drinks, and go for a sleigh ride
- 8 days from $15,895 per person, double occupancy; departures available Jan-Mar, Nov-Dec
Tailor Made Iceland: Winter Landscapes
Discover a land of cascading waterfalls and lava carved-moonscapes, soak in the therapeutic Blue Lagoon, search for the Northern Lights and witness the eruption of Strokkur geyser.
- Explore Iceland’s colorful capital city and the diverse landscapes that line this island nation’s southern coast
- Discover the roots of Icelandic civilization in Thingvellir National Park
- Trace the southern coastline’s black sand beaches, volcanic outcroppings and dramatic cliffs
- Venture into the man-made ice tunnels of Langjokull for a rare glimpse of a glacier’s interior
- Traverse the mountain ridges of Thorsmork in a rugged Super Jeep
- 7 days from $12,495 per person, double occupancy; departures available Jan-Feb, Oct-Dec
Tailor Made Alaska: Winter Wonderland by Private Air
The ultimate wilderness adventure, staying at a one-of-a-kind chalet built on a glacier in the shadow of Denali on this ultra-luxe independent journey.
- Watch for the stunning aurora borealis in one of the finest dark sky settings in the world
- Explore a glacier, including crevasse exploration, snow-cavern spelunking, sledding runs, ice climbing and rappelling
- Cross country ski, dogsled and snowshoe on frozen Finger Lake or on the Iditarod Trail
- 8 days, pricing upon request; departures available Feb-Mar
Tailor Made Wyoming: Winter Wildlife Safari
A private wintertime journey around Yellowstone National Park, tracking one of America’s most elusive predators, the endangered grey wolf.
- Meet with a wolf biologist to learn about the challenges of reintroducing and integrating this apex predator into the park’s ecosystem, then search for the nearly 100 wolves that reside there
- Get a bird’s-eye view of the geothermal features of Yellowstone and the vistas of the Teton Range on a low-altitude flight.
- Snowshoe alongside a local expert through the backcountry of Jackson Hole.
- 7 days, pricing upon request; departures available Jan-Mar, Dec
Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands: Photography & Exploration
While it’s winter in the northern hemisphere, Austral summer draws photographers south to take advantage of more than 20 hours of daylight. However, the very elements that make Antarctica a dream destination for photographers, including pristine snow and ice starkly contrasting with sea and sky, make it challenging for photographers. To ensure guests return with the images of a lifetime, special guest lecturer and famed National Geographic photographer and conservationist Michael Melford provides photo coaching and hands-on workshops.
- Cruise for 15 nights on an exclusively-chartered voyage, led by A&K’s Expedition Team featuring seasoned academics, scientists and real-life explorers
- Explore historic, wildlife-rich South Georgia with spectacular king penguin colonies and legendary sites that tell the tale of Antarctica’s greatest explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton
- 18 days from $19,995 per person, double occupancy; Jan 4-21, 2022
Book With Confidence
With A&K’s flexible booking policy, travellers can book by December 31, 2021 (for travel through December 31, 2022) and have the flexibility to change travel plans for up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason.
For more information on A&K’s Winter Journeys, including Finland & Sweden: Adventure Across Lapland, go to https://www.abercrombiekent.com, call 800.554.7094 to speak with an A&K Travel Consultant or contact your travel professional.