Friday, 08 January 2016

Non-Skier Holidays

Snowy winter fun for non-skiers

Written by Wendy Gomersall
Reindeer visit
Inntravel’s Snow programme features a Vintage Norway trip. After a stay in Trondheim, you take a scenic rail journey to the former copper-mining town of Røros. From here, try dog-sledding or visit reindeer herders: reputedly, one of the animals and its herdsman inspired the characters Sven and Kristoff in Disney’s Frozen. Inntravel offers six nights from £975 per person, with flights, transfers, B&B and three dinners. Departure dates until 26 March.

Hovercraft tour
Here’s something different to do in Swedish Lapland. Sunvil’s three-night Hovercraft Archipelago tour combines a chance to see the Northern Lights with a hovercraft tour of Bothnian Bay and its archipelago of 1,300 islands. A snowmobile tour across the frozen sea to Brandoskar island is included, as is a Nordic skills experience – learn how to use snowshoes and build a fire. Accommodation is at Pine Bay Lodge by Furufjarden Lake. From £1,273 per person including full board, flights, transfers and excursions. 020-8758 4722,

travel-590-2Enjoy a yoga retreat

Husky safari
The Aurora Zone offers snowy activities on a trip to Lake Torassieppi in Finnish Lapland, departing on 13 February. Enjoy a husky safari, snowmobile trip, snowshoeing or crosscountry skiing, then unwind in the lakeside spa pools and sauna. There is also a chance to go in search of the Northern Lights by sleigh and minibus. From £1,675 per person, including flights, transfers, six nights in a cottage, full board, activities and coldweather clothing.  01670-785012,

Snow yoga
Soulshine Retreats offers seven-night Snow Yoga Adventure retreats in the French Alps, from £990 per person, until the end of March. Included is yoga, meditation and massage, with snowboarding and skiing. Stay at Chalet Montperron, surrounded by the Tarantaise Valley; the price includes half-board accommodation, afternoon tea, daily 60-minute yoga session, daily 75-minute Yin yoga, meditation and relaxation evening session, plus one 30-minute massage.  0808-189 0279,

travel-590-3Visit reindeer herders

Winter driving
A winter getaway at Hotel Aurelio, a privately owned hotel in the exclusive ski resort of Lech in Austria’s Arlberg region, includes heli-skiing, a Bentley driving experience and alpaca trekking. Twonights, from €2,080 per person (£1,450 per person), also include half board and transfers, but not flights. 0043-5583 2214,

Art explorations
The Cox & Kings collection of Royal Academy of Arts escorted tours includes Venice: Splendours of the Renaissance, 8 to 11 November, from £1,295 per person. Led by art historian Richard Stemp, it offers an evening visit to Basilica San Marco and its chapels. 020-7873 5000,

travel-590-4Tour Bothnian Bay by hovercraft

Russia cruise
Spot orcas and rare birds on Wildlife Worldwide’s Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast cruise taking in Kamchatka, Chukotka and the Commander Islands. From £6,134 per person and departing 24 June, it includes 13 nights’ full board, lectures and activities. Flights extra. 01962-302086,

Highlands fling
Airds Hotel & Restaurant on Loch Linnhe in Port Appin, on Scotland’s west coast, has rooms in January from £215 per night, half board. Based on two sharing. 01631-730236,

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