LAPLAND
SNOWSHOE, NORDIC SKI AND ICE DIP

13th-20th March 2024

Come and experience the true wonders of Finnish Lapland with a chance of spotting the majestic Northern Lights

Learn to Nordic backcountry ski and spend the week exploring fjells and forests on snowshoes and skis from a traditional log cabin with your Adventuress fam

This trip is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist please contact us at info@adventuressinthewild.com

Day 1

Welcome to Lapland!

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Upon arrival in Ivalo, you’ll ride a short 30 minute bus journey to the tiny village of Saariselka where your traditional (but modern) log cabin awaits

You’ll spend the rest of your day exploring exploring your surroundings and getting to know your guide and Adventuress fam over dinner, brimming with excitement for your coming adventure

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Day 2 

Snowshoe hike and campfire lunch

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Saariselka sits on the edge of Urho Kekkonen National Park, one of Finland’s largest protected areas. Today you will venture into the National Park on snowshoes where you’ll explore fjells and forests. It is impossible not to be moved by the untouched vast wilderness that surrounds you, and silence like you’ve never experienced. 

After working up an appetite we’ll stop in a beautiful spot in the forest for lunch cooked over a fire, and some hot tea. It’ll feel so magical that you might convince yourself that you’ve spotted a Keiju – a fairy from Finnish mythology! 

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Day 3

Beginners Nordic skiing to a wilderness cabin

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Today we journey to Kiilopaa to grab our skis ready for our Nordic skiing adventure.

Unlike traditional downhill skiing, Nordic skiing is typically on flat or only slightly inclined ground and involves travelling cross-country. Only the front of the boot is attached to the ski, making it easy to glide along with some momentum.

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Our guide will start us off with a lesson where we’ll have some laughs getting to grips with it all, and then off we go! Our journey will take us into the wilderness to a remote cabin where we will enjoy a hearty lunch before heading back to Saariselka.

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Day 4

Snowshoe hunt for the Northern Lights

After a lazy morning we will take an afternoon snowshoe hike into the forest with dinner cooked around the campfire.

After a well deserved rest back at the cabin, should it be a clear night we will have the opportunity to head out to a frozen lake to try to spot the Northern Lights dancing in the starry sky. There is no other natural spectacle quite like it. Don’t forget your camera!

Day 5

Free day to explore

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Today is your day to spend how you like. 

Optional additional activities include snowmobiling, a husky safari, hurtling down the longgest toboggan run in Finland, or spending a cheeky evening in local pub ‘Panimo’ warming up with some traditional Glühwein

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Day 6 

Yoga, sauna and ice dip!

After all of that adventure our bodies will be in need of some TLC. Wake up to a relaxed yoga session led by a local instructor, before heading to a sauna to sweat out that Glühwein! 

If you’re feeling brave enough you can follow us out to an ice hole where you can experience an ice dip. Learn how to breathe and harness the power of mind over matter as you enter, giving way to a huge endorphin rush.

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Day 7

Snowshoeing across the fjells and wildlife spotting

Saariselka is surrounded by spectacular scenery. But it’s not enough to just admire the scenery from afar, so today we will throw on our snowshoes and venture over the fjells for uninterrupted views as far as the eye can see. Keep an eye out for grazing reindeer and white willow grouse

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Day 8

Breakfast and goodbyes

On our final morning we will fill our bellies with our final Finnish breakfast before saying our reluctant goodbyes to our Adventuress family and Saariselka, a place we will never forget

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  • 7 nights in a modern Finnish log cabin

  • Breakfast, lunch & Dinner*

  • Equipment hire (snowshoes, skis etc)

  • A high possibility to see the northern lights

  • 2 days exploring the gigantic Urho Kekkosen  National Park on snowshoes

  • Beginner friendly Nordic backcountry ski day

  • Fully qualified female International Wilderness Guides

  • Morning yoga session

  • Traditional Finnish sauna experience & Ice dip

A traditional modern log cabin will be your home away from home, set in the Finnish forest the cabin comes with – a large living area, log burner, fully equipped kitchen, terrace for wildlife spotting, and a Finnish sauna to warm you up after a long day outside.
 
The cabin is located a short walk away from the amenities of the village of Saariselka
 
Rooms will be shared with one other Adventuress
 
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Flying

Our cabin is located in the village of Saariselka

Ivalo Airport (Recommended)

Upon arrival at the Ivalo Airport, there’s a public bus, which does not require a reservation and leaves approximately half an hour after every flight landing time. From the bus stop it is a 7 minute walk to the cabin.

Rovaniemi Airport 

If flying into Rovaniemi you can catch a 3hr30m transfer by bus to Saariselka

Helsinki 

Direct flights run daily between Helsinki and Ivalo (1hr30m) 

It can get pretty chilly in Lapland, there is a reason why Santa wears such a big jacket! So it is important to come well equipped for the temperatures. 

It can range from +5 to -25 in winter so be prepared for these weather conditions.

  • Technical thermal underwear

  • Mid-layers

  • Shell-layers (windproof without lining): jacket, long shell pants

  • Down jacket/extra layer

  • Mittens

  • Buff/scarf

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses/skiing goggles

  • Winter boots/warm hiking boots

  • Backpack

  • Personal Medication

  • Swim suit

Your guide will provide:

  • Snowshoes

  • Skis & boots

  • Poles

  • Eating utensils (cup, bowl, spork)

LAYERING

For backcountry skiing the best way to keep warm is to utilise synthetic layers with wicking properties. The idea of this is that the air between the layers keeps you warm and dry. The moisture that rises from the skin during activity will move through the layers away from the body assisting temperature regulation during the ski tour. You can easily adjust your temperature by adding or removing layers.

1. THERMAL BASE LAYER

The layer closest to skin moves the humidity away from the skin. Merino wool acts as a great layer to keep us warm and dry.

2. MID-LAYERS

The mid-layer assists in thermo-regulation, when it is colder the mid-layer should be warmer. This may be a warm synthetic fleece or synthetic down jacket.

3. OUTER LAYER

The outer layer will be a waterproof shell, protecting against wind and snowfall.  

4. EXTRA-LAYER

You will need an extra layer to put on for breaks and lunch, such as a lightweight down jacket.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to send us a message.

SNACKS

For our trips we will supply you with breakfast, lunch and dinner and you will provide your own snacks. It’s always best to have something stashed away in your pocket for when you need that energy boost. 

Bring as many (or as little) snacks as you like. If you are someone that likes to eat little and often then pack quite a few as sometimes the gap between meals can depend on how our day is going. It’s always better to pack a few too many just incase.

Essential info FAQ 

Who is guiding the trip?

Two qualified, experienced and friendly female Adventure Wilderness guides from Sidetracked Adventures will be running this trip

How fit do I need to be for this trip? 

A good level of fitness is required and you must and be comfortable with spending 5-6 hours a day outdoors. Our schedule is quite flexible as we’ll be based in the same cabin for the week so we can easily adapt to make some days longer/shorter.

Do I need skiing or snowshoeing experience?

No experience is required, the guide will teach you everything you will need to know

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Just like the weather. It is never a 100% guarantee, however our base is located in one of the best locations in Lapland to view the lights, with a 75% chance on a clear night. The lights are at their peak in the month of March, and this is also the month with the least cloud coverage. The lights typically show up from 10pm-4am.

If wishing to view the lights it is advised to come prepared for the temperatures as they can plummet to -10 to -20 at night. There is a heated ‘Aurora hut’ close to your log cabin where you are free to try to spot the Aurora each night. On arrival an Aurora forecasting app will be recommended for download

Do I need to do the ice dip?

On this trip you’ll have an option to decide if you would like to skip out of any of the activities, so you’ll be welcome to just cheer the others on if it doesn’t take your fancy

What is the food like during the trip?

Veggie/Vegan/Gluten free options – The food provided will be vegetarian, apart from one evening where a traditional Finnish salmon pasta will be available amongst the vegetarian options. 

Do you provide snacks?

We will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner but we ask that each person brings along their own snacks for the days when we are outside. 

What will the weather be like?

It can range from +5 to -25 in these months so be prepared for these weather conditions. We will keep everybody updated on the Whatsapp group before the trip, and it’s worth keeping an eye on the weather in Saariselka before the trip. We will send you a suggested kit list of what to pack. 

Does this trip have a guaranteed departure?

The minimum number for the trip to run is 8. Maximum is 10.

Will there be a Whatsapp group?

Yes, the Whatsapp group will open 3 weeks prior to the departure date

What time should I arrive and depart from Ivalo?

Check in is from 4pm at the cabin, and checkout is at 12am, so it is advised to book flights that work with those timings. It’s not a problem if you arrive later. 

Will there be somewhere to charge my devices in the cabin?

Yes, it is a modern cabin with hot water and electricity

Who runs this trip?

This trip is being run especially for Adventuress in the Wild by SideTracked Adventures, which was founded by Sophie Nolan, an international wilderness guide who fell in love with Lapland in 2015 and decided to make it her home. Sidetracked Adventure’s ethos is all about getting you off of the beaten track and into the true wilderness

How do I get the Adventuress Members discount?

You can sign up to our yearly membership to benefit from big discounts and other perks here

Can I get my own room?

There are no private rooms available in the cabin

Do I need my own insurance?

It is essential to take out your own travel insurance for this trip

13th-20th March 2024

£ 1450
  • Members price: £1350
  • Secure your spot with a £250 deposit
  • Payment plan available
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Adventuress musings

Susanne MorganSusanne Morgan
13:10 13 May 24
The Adventuress tour to Morocco was an amazing experience. Our local guide Hafida took us to areas not commonly frequented by tourists and we were privileged to have genuine interactions with local people. A truely memorable trip with a fabulous group of women.
Sarah SarvisSarah Sarvis
20:13 11 May 24
I went to Morocco with Adventuress and it was the trip of the lifetime. Our guide knew all the locals, was kind and generous and gave us an experience that was not overpopulated with other tourists and included unique cultural interactions. Kate herself is thoughtful and mindful of the adventures that she organizes for us.
Szabo BernadettSzabo Bernadett
09:44 27 Apr 24
Been on multiple hikes (Jurassic coast was my favourite) and few overseas trip ( Pyrenees, Queer Malaga trip) with Adventuress. Kate is always extremely welcoming and caring and puts so much effort into making sure everyone enjoy their time and having the best hike or trip.You will have the best with either you go alone or with friends.Very highly recommend any of the trip or hike!
Lucia LegnaroLucia Legnaro
10:46 02 Apr 24
Re: SEVEN SISTERS EASTER HIKEI had the best time with the best people and the best weather, exploring the best section of the ‘South Downs Way’. Kate Capelli knows what she is doing and I would follow her anywhere. The general vibe was inclusive and warm and friendly, you do not need to be super fit to take part.
Nga DoNga Do
09:06 01 Apr 24
I have been lucky enough to enjoy 3 activities with AITW, 2 of which have been overseas trips! "Adventures" does not even begin to describe the experiences I had on both of my trips with this group. My first trip with AITW was in October/November 2022, and I still have fond memories and friendships that were formed, sharing laughter, conquering challenges, and taking in the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Hiking, yoga, camping, bouldering, and wine tasting were all part of the itinerary, but what wasn't planned was just the awe and feeling I was left with when the trip was over. I had so much fun that I booked another overseas trip in March 2024 to Lapland. I got to try snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, a traditional Finnish sauna, and ice dipping. We even got to stay in a cozy cabin where we shared delicious meals, took turns sledding, had a private sauna, and even laughed our way into playing in the snow between sauna breaks. We had 2 wonderful Finnish guides leading us into the beautiful Lapland wilderness, and we got to have lunch at our very own woman-made ice table/bar. Our last night was quite magical, as we got to see the Northern lights for the 2nd time on the trip and were mesmorised by its glow. It was an empowering trip, and Kate takes thoughtful consideration in planning and organising events that promote community support. I can't wait to join another adventure!
Maria CorbalanMaria Corbalan
22:13 31 Mar 24
I can’t recommend Adventuress in the Wild highly enough after an epic week exploring the magical scenery of the Finnish Lapland.We were very lucky to have Kate with us, and I must say I couldn’t possibly think of a better professional travel companion.We also had qualified wilderness guides with us, and again, they were really professional and friendly, and they were adapting to our needs at all times.The accommodation had great views and was really pretty, it also had a fireplace and traditional Finnish sauna, and getting up in the mornings in such a setting was quite a thing.Spent our days hiking in the wilderness, snow shoeing, trying nordic backcountry ski, ice dipping and having yummy home made meals. We also managed to see the northern lights for two nights and had lots of fun as strangers to start with but as friends by the end of the trip.A really empowering experience and I have already booked to go again next year.
Thanh TangThanh Tang
18:58 31 Mar 24
Truely, an amazing trip with a bunch of lovely ladies and two aspiring female wilderness guides. A week packed with fun activities, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, hike to the fell for aurora, yoga, sauna/ice dip, laughter, banter, a perfect traditional log cabin in the magical Lapland landscape. My 1st all female group trip and definitely not my last. Experiences are shared, fond memories to look back on and friendships formed. LOVED IT, AITW/Sidetracked thank you!
Amy MaynardAmy Maynard
09:44 31 Mar 24
Kate is incredible! She has a great ethos and works incredibly hard teaming up with group's lead/run by women and making sure everyone is ok. Lapland adventure, was the second overseas trip with Adventuresses and it was phenomenal. The group was hilarious/encouraging and the guides (Sirpa and Lotta), made the trip so special for everyone.
Kristen FraleyKristen Fraley
09:09 31 Mar 24
Still buzzing after a truly wonderful trip to Northern Finland with Kate and Adventuress in the Wild. From start to finish, Kate was really responsive and set the tone for an encouraging and fun space to try new things, take on challenging situations, and have a lot of laughs with a great group of women. Kate provided us with an exceptionally curated week, filled with snow shoe hiking, cross country skiing, ice dipping and even seeing the northern lights in our PJs!Would absolutely recommend AITW to anyone after an adventure!
ClaireClaire
17:14 29 Feb 24
I’ve just come back from an absolutely fantastic winter skills weekend up in the snowy Scottish highlands with Adventuress in the wild.It was a perfect weekend from the outset!Kate, the founder of adventuress in the wild and our mountain leader, Charlie , immediately put you at ease going through the itinerary for the weekend.On the Saturday Charlie introduced us to the lovely Scottish winter and what it had to offer. We learnt how to make wise decisions, use crampons, use ice axes and generally have lots of fun safely in the snow!On the Sunday we put all of the skills we had learnt the day before to good use as we hiked up a snowy mountain…and oh boy…the views were unreal!We were very very lucky with the weather and I felt I was living a dream. The memories I have made from the weekend will last a lifetime. My only regret is that it didn’t last longer as I was definitely not ready to come home!Thank you to Kate, Charlie, Gaby and Jean for making the trip so memorable. It won’t be the last trip I take with Adventuress in the wild!
Nese ZorbaNese Zorba
10:55 16 Feb 24
I have just finished the 4 week bouldering course with Kate and it was so helpful in getting me into bouldering. She really eases you into it and the course is layed out really well. Kate is an amazing instructor as she takes the time to learn about you and doesnt just coach you on the physical side but the mental side too which for me was the main obstacle for me progressing. By the time I had my 2nd session with her I was a lot less shakey and from the very first session I was able to complete climbs. She pushes you outside your comfort zone yet not so much that it puts you off bouldering completely. In such a small amount of time Ive seen so much progress in my bouldering and having all the techniques she has taught me under my belt I now feel confident enough to enter a bouldering gym on my own.
Lucy LLucy L
15:30 15 Feb 24
I recently completed the 4-week bouldering beginners course. It was a great way to learn all the basic techniques and lingo. I feel more confident going bouldering by myself or joining social climbs now. Kate is a great instructor and made the sessions fun. I would definitely recommend it if you are new to or returning to bouldering!
SafiyaSafiya
10:00 15 Feb 24
I took Kate's beginner level 4 week long course and I cant recommend it highly enough. Kate covers everything from climbing lingo to techniques that are invaluable to climbing efficiently. She is encouraging and patient and you get to meet and climb with other amazing women!
NatalieNatalie
14:41 11 Feb 24
Kate is a great instructor, she is patient and explains things so clearly. Have learnt a lot with the bouldering classes and increased my confidence with bouldering.
Irina TamIrina Tam
17:33 05 Sep 23
The journey and trip through Morocco was a dream come true, filled with unparalleled experiences that go beyond the ordinary. From immersing myself in the ancient traditions of nomadic life to witnessing the awe-inspiring beauty of the Sahara Desert under the starlit sky, entire adventure was nothing short of extraordinary with the breathtaking hikes in the majestic mountains .Having Kate and Hafida as our guides undoubtedly added an extra layer of magic to our trip. Their expertise, passion, and genuine care ensured that every moment was not just memorable but truly exceptional. Their insights, local knowledge, and hospitality enriched our experience, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.
Jaimie WilliamsJaimie Williams
13:36 04 Sep 23
Kate plans everything needed to make Adventuress trips smooth and hassle-free, making a chilled weekend away so easy. Always meet great people too, such a nice vibe xx
Liza Aberkane BarrancoLiza Aberkane Barranco
11:27 17 Jul 23
100% recommend for all levels. I was an absolute beginner but felt so supported and welcomed for both hiking and camping. A fun community that is open and safe for all. The best views and guide!
Savannah BettsSavannah Betts
19:48 29 Jun 23
Had a great time during the adventuress weekend on the Jurassic coast with Kate and Lisa. Great organisation, communication, and felt really well looked after. They managed to cater to all experience levels, and just create good vibes all around. A brilliant way to meet new adventure pals!
Victoria WeaverVictoria Weaver
19:45 26 Jun 23
Absolutely epic experience!! Hiking the most amazing scenery on the Jurassic coast with a bunch of awesome women is something I will not forget quickly. Brilliant host. Very friendly and inclusive atmosphere. Cant wait to do more hiking!
Kim BishKim Bish
11:15 26 Jun 23
Best girl gang an adventurer can join, whether you're a beginner or experienced in travelling! I put my trust in Kate for my first ever weekend hike, & I'm so glad I did.
NicolaNicola
09:27 26 Jun 23
I had the most amazing week of my life on an expedition to the Pyrenees with Adventuress in the Wild and 360 Expeditions. I had never travelled solo before and was so nervous to go on an expedition with a group of people I’d never met. Adventuress couldn’t have been better, Kate made sure everyone was happy throughout the trip. She took the time to speak with everyone on the trip and answered any concerns we had. She kept us all up to date in the WhatsApp chat and put a packing list in the chat each day to help us know what to pack for the days activities.The group were amazing, everyone was so lovely and we all really bonded over the week. It was a week filled with smiles and laughter, we all supported and cheered each other on as we tried new and challenging things outwith our comfort zones. I absolutely cannot wait to book more activities with adventuress and genuinely recommend them to everyone!
Anna AlcaideAnna Alcaide
21:49 04 Apr 23
I attended the course "Confidence Outdoors" and I enjoyed a lot. Kate is creating a very comfortable atmosphere and she is providing a complete course both, for beginners and more advance hikers. Key information provided and also, detailed replies to all questions. Now I feel I have all the important tools to go ahead in my future hikes. I would highly recommend this course.
Michelle VenablesMichelle Venables
21:43 04 Apr 23
Highly Recommend!I wanted to make a positive change and to go out and meet new people with similar interests and to build my confidence and self-esteem. I’d always loved walking and hiking but never felt I knew enough to do it on my own (or even if it was something you could do solo!) Then I came across Adventuress in the Wild. Kate’s Confidence Outdoors course was exactly what I was looking for.The course included subjects like: planning your own hike and creating your own route; keeping safe and how to deal with emergencies; choosing kit and equipment; multi-day camping and backpacking and then the option of going on a hike and meeting all the people on the course in the final week.I was very nervous to go on my own but I didn’t need to be; I was instantly put at ease. Kate is very friendly and welcoming and all the ladies attending were great. It was a really lovely day and Kate was a brilliant guide.I’d put planning solo hikes off, but now armed with my new knowledge and confidence, I’m looking forward getting out there.Kate, thank you. I also can’t wait to go on more of your hikes soon.
Madeleine HammondMadeleine Hammond
20:55 04 Apr 23
Kate is a fantastic guide and leader. I feel inspired and motivated to undertake more treks, which as an inexperienced woman who wants to get more outdoorsy feels so empowering. However, my favourite part is the adventuress community - I have done both the compass navigation and confidence outdoors courses, and the community that Kate has an integral role in developing of Adventuresses feels like a truly welcoming, supportive environment. I’ve already booked onto more adventuress walks - if you’re not sure, just sign up!
Eleonora PasselliEleonora Passelli
08:00 04 Apr 23
I've been thinking about joining this group for so long and I'm so glad I finally did! So nice to get out of London with some likeminded, friendly people. Kate is a great guide, very knowledgeable and always making sure everyone feels welcome. I also like that there are a lot of options, from day hikes to overseas trips to bouldering. Very highly recommended!
Annie SmithAnnie Smith
06:11 04 Apr 23
I’ve had such a brilliant time on my days with the adventuress gang! I did a couple of hikes in January and the confidence outdoors course in March. Kate is very experienced and knowledgeable, and creates a really relaxed and friendly environment. It’s a lovely way to meet like-minded people whilst exploring some beautiful places and building confidence to go it alone at some point. Highly recommend!
Rebecca MacDonaldRebecca MacDonald
13:17 14 Mar 23
Such a great community to be a part of! I'm new to town, so I was nervous to start coming out, but Kate and the girls made me feel welcome right away. I now attend the hikes and bouldering and beer sessions regularly. The group that turns up is always a mix of new and familiar faces, and everyone receives that same warm welcome. Getting outside is medicine for me. Getting outside with other women is even more so. For any women looking to get into nature more and meet other women who like doing the same, I can't recommend this group enough!
Sarah BattenSarah Batten
16:14 12 Mar 23
I had a fantastic time hiking in Epping Forest with such lovely friendly people. Kate is a brilliant guide and is so welcoming - I felt very welcome attending on my own. Such a great way of getting out into the countryside and escaping London! Highly recommended.
Andreea CraciunAndreea Craciun
19:14 13 Feb 23
Kate is a great guide and she's managed to create an amazing community of women around her. The hikes she organizes are not only a way of exploring London and its surroundings, but also to connect to other people. 10/10 would recommend
Miri GlogerMiri Gloger
08:23 19 Jan 23
Such a vibe! I was pretty stoked when I first found Adventuresses and even more so now that I have attended a few events. Kate is a great guide, always full of fun facts about nature and making sure everyone feels safe and welcome. What I love most though is the community, a bunch of cool chicks you get to hike/climb and have a drink with. Thanks for creating this, you'll be seeing my face a lot :)P.S. make sure to join one of the abroad adventures, it was truly an experience of a lifetime 😍
Effie ParaskevopoulouEffie Paraskevopoulou
19:29 02 Jan 23
I've joined several adventures with Adventuress in the Wild, and I can confidently say that they are life changing experiences. As someone who moved to the UK, they gave me the opportunity to explore the outdoors around London and meet new people in a safe, friendly environment.Kate is a very experienced and organised guide, and she has created a platform that empowers women in many ways. I couldn't recommend them more.

Conquer your mountains

AITW is all about pushing your boundaries to experience life beyond your comfort zone. 

Whats waiting for you there? A sense of empowerment that’ll leave you filled with confidence, and the realisation that you have it in you to achieve more than you ever imagined. 

Our guides and members of the community are super supportive, and above all we love to have fun. Laughter is 100% guaranteed. 

Our ethos

We recognise that some of you do not feel like you are represented in the world of outdoor pursuits, and we want to break that barrier and show that the outdoors is for everybody, so lets get out there and have some amazing adventures.