Wilderness holidays travel guide


2 MINUTE SUMMARY

Wilderness holidays are ones where WIFI stands for Wild, Isolated, Fun, Immaculate. Swap pristine suits for pristine environments. Instead of smart phones just feel smart about the fact that you just embraced the adventure. Swap heated meetings for hot springs in Iceland. Feeling at the end of your tether? Heading to the end of the earth in Patagonia instead. Read more in our wilderness holidays travel guide to discover our WIFI passwords. Beautiful words that evoke wilderness in themselves. Taiga, Kamchatka, Etosha, Guyana, Sahara. Read more about some of our favourite WIFI spots and then see if you get a good connection.
Wilderness holidays are...

a bit down and dirty, up close and personal. Swipe right if you like that sort of thing. Go on, go wild.

Wilderness holidays aren't...

all long haul. You can find pristine landscapes within Europe, from Montenegro to Finland. Think of wilderness as the EU’s fifth freedom.

Is a wilderness holiday for you?


Responsible Travel recommends

Go on a wilderness holiday if…


… you love the idea of roughing it, but with the guiding hand of local experts and wilderness gurus.

… you seek solace in silence. These holidays are way off the normal trekking tourism trails.

… you are fit. Although you don’t need to be a marathon runner, a good level of fitness is recommended. We have wilderness trekking holidays for those who want to really go for it.

… names like Patagonia, Palawan and Papua New Guinea get your feet coming out in an itchy rash.

Don’t go on a wilderness holiday if...


… you don’t like camping. Canvas is your best friend on many of these trips.

… bugs and wildlife bother you. You don’t have to be Bear Grylls, but the wilds do bring creatures of all sorts out to play.

… you don’t like extreme temperatures. We’re talking Mongolian deserts, Guyanese tropics and Patagonian ice field-type of temperatures.

… you are addicted to WiFi. These holidays are about digital detox, big time. Password: Let it go.
Hello.
If you'd like to chat about Wilderness holidays or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Rosy & team.
01273 823 700

Types of wilderness holidays


BADLANDS ARE OUR GOOD LANDS

Wilderness trekking


The world’s truly wild places are few and far between these days as we humans tend to get everywhere, with plenty of mountainous walking routes where you bump into fellow ramblers. Which is fine, but not always what you are seeking. Wilderness trekking holidays take place where you will meet virtually no other hikers and in locations that are almost raw in their beauty, such as serious trekking in Patagonia, hut to hut hiking in far out Finland, the Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea or the Maliau Basin of Borneo.

Wilderness adventure


As well as hiking in wilderness areas, adrenaline seekers may want a little bit more while they are out there in the wilds. Small group holidays that take you mountain biking on the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal, canoeing in the Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada, on a dog sledding expedition in Spitsbergen, learning survival skills on a desert island in French Polynesia, or wilderness sailing and skiing in the Lofoten Mountains of northern Norway might appeal.
We asked travel writer Dervla Murphy, a big fan of wilderness places, about the best place she has woken up: “In my tent on an uninhabited stretch of high puna in the Peruvian Andes when I woke as the sun was rising over a crenulated 20,000ft summit in the near distance.” Dervla inspires all of us to find the feral within, in her Folks we Love interview.

Wild Taiga


Extending along the Russian border in the east, these thick forests, lakes and rivers – habitat for bears, deer, wolves and moose – are about as epic as it gets within Europe. Wild Taiga is the name given to the ancient, subarctic conifer forest which, particularly in winter, feels utterly frozen in time. Stretching from Kuhmo to Suomussalmi it dominates Finland’s Kainuu region and wilderness experiences include hut to hut hiking in Hossa National Park, snow shoeing in Kylmäluoma Hiking Area or going on a bear watching trek in Oulanka National park.

Desert


If desert landscapes are calling you, then we have a wonderful array of experiences on offer, such as a four-day camel safari in the Moroccan Sahara, or through the ancient lands of Nubia in both Egypt and Sudan. Others adventures are in countries which may be more known for mass tourism, but with deserts well off the beaten track, such as Oman.
Here, the desert folds of Wadi Bani Khalid are well protected by the Bedouin people, who will welcome you with open arms in their camps. Similarly, few things can prepare you for the greatness of Wadi Rum in Jordan when you see it for the first time spread out before you. Same goes for the star filled skies above you at night. Other desert great experiences include the Gobi in Mongolia, the Badain Jaran in China and the Atacama in Chile.
On a trekking holiday in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, one of our travellers Jill Marquis shares these lovely thoughts: “Half of me wondered whether I would find that huge space of the desert intimidating, but actually I found it so liberating. I thought it was wonderful... We were quite a small group, only five of us, so I didn't feel lost, I didn't feel intimidated, and I was overawed by all that space, but it was liberating. There was just no one else around, apart from the odd jeep in the distance, so essentially we were on our own.” Read more in Jill’s full interview.

Polar


As well as some of the classic routes, such as small ship cruises around Spitsbergen or camping in remote parts of Alaska, those who want to stretch those expedition muscles just that bit more have wonderful options. Unheard of by many, places like the Chukotka coast and Wrangel Island in far eastern Siberia really are a beautiful place to be ‘banished’ to on expedition cruises. See our >Arctic and Antarctic guide for more details of our polar wilderness holidays.

Wildlife


Unsurprisingly, in places so little touched by humans, wildlife is often a big feature – such as seeing penguins on New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands, bears in Finland’s Wild Taiga, zebras and giraffes in Namibia, and myriad mammals in Manu National Park in Peru, from elusive jaguars to monkeys. For more details on these wildlife holidays, with naturalist guides, see here.
Photo credits: [Topbox: Leonardo Angelini] [Wilderness trekking: Douglas Scortegagna] [Dervla: Marturius] [Desert: Randy Tarampi] [Polar: Anita Ritenour] [Helpdesk: Teddy Kelley]
Written by Catherine Mack
Patagonia trekking holiday, Patagonia Eco-camp

Patagonia trekking holiday, Patagonia Eco-camp

Camp & trek Los Glaciares & T. del Paine Parks, Patagonia

From £3724 17 Days ex flights
Oman small group tour

Oman small group tour

Ancient spice trails, Wahiba Sands, superb coastal scenery

From £1799 8 Days ex flights
Tailor made tours of Oman

Tailor made tours of Oman

Privately escorted mystical trip of stunning Oman

From £1695 8 Days ex flights
Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday

Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon holiday

See the Grand Canyon & Monument Valley

From £1369 8 days ex flights
Palawan expedition, Philippines

Palawan expedition, Philippines

A stunning island hopping adventure in a forgotten Paradise

From £2495 12 Days ex flights
Budget camel safari in Morocco

Budget camel safari in Morocco

Experience life as a nomad in the Moroccan Sahara.

From £255 4 Days ex flights
Cloudforest holiday to Manu National Park

Cloudforest holiday to Manu National Park

Simple lodge and camping hut tours, Manu National Park, Peru

From £1367 7 Days ex flights
Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco

Marrakech & the Sahara holiday in Morocco

Journey to the Moroccan Sahara

From £699 8 Days inc UK flights
Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

Cordillera Huayhuash trekking holiday

Dramatic Huayhuash trek through Peru's Cordillera Blanca

From £1796 18 Days ex flights
Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

Climb Mount Rinjani, Indonesia

Trek through a wonderful national park to the summit of Mount Rinjani

From £1195 9 Days ex flights
Morocco holiday, Marrakech to the Sahara

Morocco holiday, Marrakech to the Sahara

Marrakech and Sahara - stay in a Riad, sleep under the stars

From £625 7 Days ex flights
Convert currencies