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Europe's Wild Places

Summertime in the North

As a British company, we could be accused of neglecting the extraordinary wild places on our doorstep, but no more. We have spent the last few years discovering Europe’s natural wonders. Of course you may want to combine the idyllic mountain scenery of Les Gets with a stay in Paris or explore Copenhagen en-route to Greenland. But rather than bucket and spade, we are thinking glacier and fjord; walrus and wolf; highlands and islands.
 
Northern Europe bathes in soft sunlight through the long, long days of summertime. Spectacular shorelines, animals and birds, volcanoes and pretty villages emerge for a few months clothed in summer glory, like butterflies. Here are a few of our favourites.
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Iceland
We have curated a collection of superb lodges snuggled into Iceland’s remote volcanic landscapes. Each embraces you with an abundance of comfort sprinkled with surprises upon your return from snowmobiling to a glacier or sea kayaking a crystal fjord.
Iceland
Eldar Lodge near the Langjokull Glacier started life as a private family house. Today it exudes mystery and luxury with a top secret location and butler service. Arrive by helicopter and straight into a geothermal jacuzzi where you can gaze at the northern lights or relax under the midnight sun. Explore waterfalls, geysers and even snorkel the continental rift by day before returning for an award-winning dining experience each night.
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French Alps
Just an hour from Geneva airport Les Gets and Morzine in the Portes du Soleil are the perfect locations for winter skiing or a summer Alpine holiday. 47 lifts carry you to a choice of 71 slopes which take you on cruisy blue and red runs between pine woods and pastures. During the summer Portes du Soleil is a biker’s paradise with 128 km of marked trails with superb views of the Mont Blanc range.
French Alps
We have partnered with Fin and Wendy Hunter who have a simply magnificent range of luxury chalets in Les Gets and Morzine. The larger ones like the superb Grande Corniche take 15 guests, while cosy Chalet Bobb in Morzine sleeps 6. All chalets are fully catered to a high standard in winter and self-catered in summer. Fin and Wendy’s attentive concierge service is available before and during your stay.
Hunter Chalets
"I have been very fortunate to enjoy several unbelievable safaris and holidays arranged by Journeysmiths and have got to know Laura and the Burdett’s over the years. My wife and I managed some of Africa's best safari lodges, including Mwiba Lodge in Northern Tanzania, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge in Rwanda and Chinzombo Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa NP."
— Finlay Hunter
Hunter Chalets
We learnt what made a holiday truly special and the first-class service needed to be one of the best safari camps in the world. We now live in Morzine, French Alps with our young family and have a collection of some of the best catered and self-catered chalets and apartments in both Morzine and Les Gets. If you're looking for a summer stay in the mountains or a luxury ski holiday, we would love to host you."
— Finlay Hunter
Hunter Chalets
Take advantage of a 10% discount, exclusively available to Journeysmiths clients, when you book with us.
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Finland
Finland wears the crown of several world records. Considered the happiest country, perhaps because it boasts the most saunas and coffee drinkers. It is also spectacularly wild. 74% forest and over 187,000 lakes, it is a great European stronghold for brown bear, wolf, lynx and more.
Finland
250km above the arctic circle, Javri Lodge is a Lappish-style hideaway for over 18s. On the doorstep to the boreal forest, there are endless ways to explore. Try a tranquil reindeer safari or a faster paced dog-sled ride. Snowmobiles, cross country skis and northern lights chases all await. Cap each day like a true Finn, melting your cares away in a traditional wood-burning sauna.
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Scotland
Across the mists of time Norsemen in their longboats journeyed the ocean to the isles of Scotland. Rugged isles sculpted by ocean storms. Majestic isles bathed in soft summer sun. Where water from the heavens trickles through heather and ancient peat distilling into amber whisky.
Scotland
Land of granite castles, of tartan and tweed, of clans whose people ventured forth to an old empire and to new worlds. Proudly aware of their heritage.
Scotland
Wherever you are in Scotland, you could be nowhere else. Quaint border towns, royal Edinburgh, munros, lochs and the romantic isles. And the people, always delighted to welcome you.
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Norway
The Lofoten Archipelago is the epitome of Arctic Norway. Granite peaks soar above the ocean creating a wonderland of fjords and islands. Explore them by sea kayak, speedboat and even aboard a 78 foot Viking longboat. Hike a mountain for stunning views before returning to a luxury fisherman’s cottage.
Norway
Further north meet the wolves and Arctic wildlife at Wolf Lodge. At this small exclusive use lodge head ranger Stig Sletten will take you into Polar Park. There is culture and a wealth of activity to enjoy from dog sledding to mountain biking. The accommodation is simply luxurious. Where else could you dine in style while watching wolves?
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Greenland
We are continually devising new ways to experience the ice sheets, glaciers and fjords of Greenland. One of our favourites is IIimanaq Lodge, 250 km into the Arctic Circle of Western Greenland. It’s located close to IIulissat, surely one of the most spectacular ice fjords in the Arctic. On a hike you can see whales and seals among the silent icebergs. South of the cosy lodge is Tasiusaq fjord, an ancient Inuit hunting ground. You can penetrate by boat and disembark to the very edge of the Greenland ice sheet.
Greenland
In our January blog we told you about the 9 day Ultramarine expedition cruises which operate in the summer. They enable unrivalled access by zodiac and twin engine helicopter to the icy magnificence of the Tasermiut fjord and glaciers of the ice sheet.
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