WELLNESS ON THE AMALFI COAST WITH SILVIA
What a treat it was to walk "The Path of the Gods" — the famed hiking trail in the hills overlooking Italy’s Amalfi Coast — during the “Dolce Vitality” fitness retreat...
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Julia’s Andalucia Insights
Andalucia offers great weather almost year round. With hundreds of golf courses, prolific hiking trails and biking-worthy roads, it's paradise for active travellers...
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TOP TEN ACTIVE EXPERIENCES
Team Gray & Co. has spent the last 10 years scouring the globe to chase down the next unearthed adventures. Here are some of our most memorable trips...
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WHERE WE’VE BEEN
Recent intrepid journeys we’ve produced for travellers include birthday celebrations in Morocco, hiking and biking the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and Spain, family e-biking in...
READ MORE
WHERE WE’RE GOING
At Gray & Co., we chase the sun and warm weather all year long. And so, we find now to be the perfect time to visit South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Over the next few months...
READ MORE
Fall + Festive Private Active Trip Ideas
It's hard to top biking and hiking among ripe grapes in the vineyards of France, Italy, Spain and California during harvest--which is exactly what we'll be doing in September...
READ MORE
JUST BACK FROM PORTUGAL
Portugal has become a new travel darling for many great reasons. Lisbon's unique architecture and colourful streets make it the perfect urban walking locale...
READ MORE
AFAR, PURE, ATTA + MORE
To keep on top of all the latest openings, trends and best practices around the world, Gray & Co. will once again be participating...
READ MORE
Paola In Peru
Gray & Co. guide Paola returned this summer to Peru, one of her favourite hiking destinations, for an in-depth inspection of the many new...
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LANZAROTE WITH RUBEN
On one of our recent trips, professional photographer Ruben Acosta captured active scenes on his home island of Lanzarote. The Spanish  Canary Islands offer good biking and hiking weather year round.
READ MORE
HAPPY CANADA DAY –
AND HAPPY SUMMER
On July 1, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation with parties from Vancouver Island...
READ MORE
FALL FOLLIES
It's easy to keep spinning beyond summer when the roads of Spain and Italy beckon bikers with great weather well into October. Mallorca combines both casual rides...
READ MORE
HOLIDAY SEASON HOTLIST
It might only be summer, but savvy travellers are already planning their end-of-year gatherings. Destinations like Chile, Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand...
READ MORE
TOUR DE FRANCE TURNS 104
July 1 also marks the start of the 104th Tour de France. This year's route passes through some of our favourite French regions: the lavender of Provence, the vineyards...
READ MORE
GET MOVING IN MEDITERRANEAN STYLE
With spring just around the corner, it's none to early to start planning your warm-weather journeys. Greece tops our list of iconic...
READ MORE
SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE
Let Gray & Co. help you navigate the antiquities, islands, and beaches of Greece. We'll have you cruising the Cycladic and Ionian islands via super yacht or staying at favourite...
READ MORE
POP UP IN MALLORCA
The secret is out--our Gray & Co. team is crazy about the Balearic Island of Mallorca. This May, Gray & Co. will partner with the 32-room estate-turned-luxury stay...
READ MORE
ALASKA WITH ANNIE
I love the endless summer days in Alaska--from hiking glaciers in Denali National Park & Preserve and fishing for king salmon on the Kenai river to sea kayaking with whales in...
READ MORE
CALIFORNIA DREAMING
Fall is a great time to taste, sip and savour Sonoma County, California, where the newly redone 25-room Farmhouse Inn and Spa is the ultimate basecamp. Cycle right out
READ MORE
PORTUGAL, THE ALPS & GREECE
We're more than ready to roll in Portugal, which was just named "Country of the Year" by the experts at Travel & Leisure magazine. Whether it's Lisbon, a coastal adventure...
READ MORE
IN THE PRESS
Gray & Co. bike trips were mentioned in an article about “why cycling is hot and not cooling down” in the travel newsletter “Oh The People You Meet.” And coming soon...
READ MORE
INDUSTRY THANKS
On the heels of being named #1 Tour Operator in Travel & Leisure's 2016 World's Best Awards, Gray & Co. has been busy making even more exclusive connections for our travellers. Cari is...
READ MORE
IN THE PRESS
Gray & Co.'s Iceland journeys were singled out this month in CNN Travel's profile on high-end hikes: "Think of Gray & Co as a full-time concierge of sorts -- one that would coordinate the private...
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WHERE TO BOOK NOW: ALASKA & ICELAND  
Gray & Co. guide Annie is just back from Alaska, a wild and wonderful destination that beckons active travellers with its glaciers, fjords, mountains, and pristine nature...
READ MORE

Positano Views

Le Sirenuse

A warm welcome

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NOTES FROM THE ROAD

WELLNESS ON THE AMALFI COAST WITH SILVIA

What a treat it was to walk “The Path of the Gods” — the famed hiking trail in the hills overlooking Italy’s Amalfi Coast — during the “Dolce Vitality” fitness retreat hosted by Positano’s impeccable Le Sirenuse hotel. From the lemon groves and Roman ruins to the stunning Mediterranean views, it was sensational, as were our hikes on several lesser-known but equally gorgeous paths. Our base at Le Sirenuse pampered us completely. Owner Antonio Sersale has gathered an

excellent and very devoted wellness staff that caters to all whims, needs and more. It was a week rich with early-morning yoga followed by wonderful walks, afternoon fitness and pampering massages. And the food! Healthy and incredibly tasty at the same time. By the end of the week, I was feeling on top of my game: stronger, lighter, healthier and definitely more glamourous! I can’t wait to share Amalfi and the Sirenuse with Gray & Co. travellers! 

Finca Cortesin

Málaga, Spain

Marbella Club Hotel

Málaga, Spain

Hotel Alfonso XIII

Seville, Spain

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Julia’s Andalucia Insights

Southern Spain’s Andalucia region offers great weather almost year round. With hundreds of golf courses, prolific hiking trails and biking-worthy roads, it’s paradise for active travellers. Great places to stay include the coastal Marbella Club and countryside

Finca Cortesin. In the region’s capital, Seville, the Grande Dame place to base yourself is Hotel Alfonso XII. Deep in the old town lies the low-key boutique property Corral del Rey. From the tasty tapas to the whitewashed villages, it’s a place I can’t wait to get back to!

Hiking to the Wine Glass Bay Lookout

Tasmania, Australia

Biking the Healy Pass

Kenmare, Ireland

Island hopping on two wheels

Seto Sea, Japan

Horseback Riding on the Pampas

José Ignacio, Uruguay

Hiking from Sóller to Deià

Mallorca, Spain

Biking from Kleinmond to Gordon's Bay

False Bay, South Africa

Hiking the decent to Kleftiko Beach

Milos, Greece

Biking along vineyards and medieval villages

Alentejo, Portugal

Hiking along Hvita Canyon to Gulfoss waterfall

Iceland

Biking in Santa Ynez Valley

California, USA

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TOP TEN ACTIVE EXPERIENCES

Team Gray & Co. has spent the last 10 years scouring the globe to chase down the next unearthed adventures. Here are some of our most memorable trips:

Tasmania: This quiet island off Australia’s south-east coast is exceptional. With the Saffire Lodge as our home base, we always look forward to hiking up to the lookout in Freycinet National Park and taking in the views of Wine Glass Bay below. Other favourite activities include kayaking, fishing, hiking and a visit to a working oyster farm.

Kenmare, Ireland: With a winning combination of Irish comfort and hospitality, vibrant local surroundings (live music not to be missed!) and endless outdoor adventures steps from the door, the family run Park Hotel Kenmare is a destination spot that we keep coming back to. For day-time fun in the area, we love the epic hiking, biking, not least the bucket list ride over Healy Pass. The option of using an e-bike makes the pass a great activity for all ages and abilities.

Seto Inland Sea, Japan: Our latest of many recent trips to Japan brought us to Onomichi, often referred to as the “Mediterranean of Japan.” This area is home to the Shimanami Kaido (Island-Wave-Sea Route), a 50-mile bike journey that crosses over several bridges to connect six islands in the Seto Inland Sea. To do it right, be sure to follow your bike ride with a visit to an Onsen (a traditional Japanese bathhouse spa).

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay: This town combines a chic Latin American beach culture with a casual vibe. But if sitting on the beach all day isn’t for you, we can relate. Try kite-surfing instead, or ditch the beach to explore rolling pampas peppered with estancias — perfect for horseback riding. The Hotel Vik properties are the luxe places to stay here; the three locations accommodate a range of tastes.

Mallorca: This Spanish Mediterranean island is a Gray & Co. favourite, the diversity of the landscape makes it the ultimate playground for hiking and biking alike. One of our own got married there recently, over a wedding weekend filled with cycling, sailing and a hike from the town of Sóller to the village of Deià. There, we love the Belmond La Residencia for a well-earned drink with views of the Tramuntana mountains.

Cape Peninsula, South Africa: With Cape Town as home base, you can have the luxury of the city and the adventures of the surrounding area at your fingertips. We love to cycle the Cape Peninsula, visit Boulders Beach to see the penguins, kayak along the coast, dive with the sharks and hike Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The ride along False Bay from Kleinmond to Gordon’s Bay makes even local cyclists swoon.

Milos, Greece: Away from the summer crowds that pack the Aegean’s Cyclades, the island of Milos is a destination most best accessed by private yacht. Kleftiko Beach, one of our favourite island spots, is typically only visited by boat, but our preference — surprise surprise! — is to hike from the other side of the island into this hidden cove for some cave swimming and a well-deserved picnic. Just one of the many hidden gems on islands we like to explore!

Alentejo, Portugal: This region is known for wine, but we love it for its relaxed spirit and its bike-friendly paved roads. Here, after morning rides through vineyards, cork plantations and medieval villages, it’s on to afternoon spent riding horses, tasting wine and chilling out. The hotel São Lourenço do Barrocal has redefined Portuguese luxury travel with its simple design, upscale takes on traditional cuisine and welcoming service. The area feels untouched by mainstream tourism.

Iceland: With its green hills, volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and glaciers — often all seen in the same vista — this Scandic destination is a natural wonderland. Our preference is to travel via jeep through the southern farmlands to the Canyon of Hvíta. There, a scenic cliff hike overlooks a flowing glacial river known for rafting and salmon fishing. Post hike, it’s on to the hamlet of Laugarvatn for a lunch of local specialties at the restaurant Lindin, housed in a former schoolhouse.

Santa Ynez, California: Just over the San Marcos Pass from Santa Barbara lies this hidden valley, home to some of the best cycling in the United States. This area is where both the wine-themed Sideways and horse-centric Seabiscuit movies were filmed. We love the 18–room Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa, in Los Olivos. From there, you can directly head out on multiple loop bike rides with no need to transfer, and there’s great hiking at the base of Mount Figueroa.

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WHERE WE’VE BEEN

Recent intrepid journeys we’ve produced for travellers include birthday celebrations in Morocco, hiking and biking the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and Spain, family e-biking in

Mallorca, and road cycling through the remote islands of Onomichi, in Japan (pictured here). Which did we like best? It’s impossible to pick. (Well…maybe Japan!)

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WHERE WE’RE GOING

At Gray & Co., we chase the sun and warm weather all year long. And so, we find now to be the perfect time to visit South AmericaSouth AfricaAustralia and New Zealand. Over the next few

months, we’ll be exploring the winelands of South Africa, the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands, the red-rock canyons and lakes of Argentina and Chile and more.

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Fall + Festive Private Active Trip Ideas

It’s hard to top biking and hiking among ripe grapes in the vineyards of France, Italy, Spain and California during harvest–which is exactly what we’ll be doing in September. In the next few months, we’ll also be on the trails and roads of Mallorca, Portugal, Norway and the Canary Islands. At the other end of the world, meanwhile, the Southern Hemisphere is just warming up.

Spring is in the air and Festive Season active trips are in the works in South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and Chile. And as 2017 draws to a close, we’re especially thrilled to have been voted one of Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Tour Operators for the second year in a row. Thank you so much for your continued support!

São Lourenço do Barrocal

São Lourenço do Barrocal

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JUST BACK FROM PORTUGAL

Portugal has become a new travel darling for many great reasons. Lisbon’s unique architecture and colourful streets make it the perfect urban walking locale, and then there are the beaches of the Algarve and the vibrant wine city of Porto, too. For us this month, Lisbon marked the start of a four-part private Camino de Santiago trip by foot lead by guide

Silvia. After more than 500 kilometers, the journey will end in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. For those who prefer two-wheels, the vineyards, cork trees and medieval villages of the Alentejo region offer the best riding, based out of the new São Lourenço do Barrocal countryside hotel and spa

NOTES FROM THE ROAD

AFAR, PURE, ATTA + MORE

To keep on top of all the latest openings, trends and best practices around the world, Gray & Co. will once again be participating in autumn’s PURE Life Experiences Marketplace in Marrakech, the Adventure Travel Trade Association World Summit in Argentina, the

European Private Luxury Forum in Portugal and the AFAR Media Travel Agent Council in New York. We’re very excited to connect with our many friends from near and far who help make our journeys so unique.

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Paola In Peru

Gray & Co. guide Paola returned this summer to Peru, one of her favourite hiking destinations, for an in-depth inspection of the many new travel options in this increasingly popular destination. (Tourism has tripled here since 2000!) Initially put on international jetsetters’ maps because of

Machu Picchu, the country now boasts newly accessible ruins to hike, numerous luxury lodges and world-renowned cuisine. Reports Paola: “From the Amazon to the Sacred Valley and Lake Titicaca, Peru will delight Gray & Co. travellers almost year round. And Lima is only a six-hour flight from Miami!”

Cycling among

lava landscapes on Lanzarote

Spinning through

the lava fields of Timanfaya National Park

Whitewashed villages

are a common backdrop throughout the island

Guide Jamie

eager to showcase the islands beauty by bicycle

Heading out

for a sunset spin is one of our favourite to do's

Lanzarote

is known for its year-round warm weather, beaches and volcanic landscape

The fertile land

of Lanzarote is also known for it's unique wine production methods

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LANZAROTE WITH RUBEN

On one of our recent trips, professional photographer Ruben Acosta captured active scenes on his home island

of Lanzarote. The Spanish  Canary Islands offer good biking and hiking weather year round.

NOTES FROM THE ROAD

HAPPY CANADA DAY –
AND HAPPY SUMMER

On July 1, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of its confederation with parties from Vancouver Island in the west all the way to Newfoundland in the east. At Gray & Co., we’re very proud of our Canadian heritage. Most of us will spend the day hiking, biking, canoeing and enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family. (Yes, there will even be fireworks!) We share that same strong sense of community and adventure with our travelers every day, as we plan and guide trips to far-flung locations around

the globe and right back home in Canada, too. Whether we’re biking the roads of Ireland or hiking the trails of Patagonia, our team produces what Travel + Leisure readers dubbed the world’s best private active trips. We combine tried and tested routes and top-notch guides with carefully selected and personally sampled accommodations and restaurants, paying painstaking attention to all the fine details that ensure your journey is just right. Where can we take you next?

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FALL FOLLIES

It’s easy to keep spinning beyond summer when the roads of Spain and Italy beckon bikers with great weather well into October. Mallorca combines both casual rides among the vineyards and epic climbs up in the Tramuntana Mountains.

On the mainland, Andalucia delights, especially when you’re based out of the white-washed Finca Cortesin In Tuscany, the hotel Castello di Casole is perfectly located for two-wheeled training among the Chianti vineyards and cypress trees.

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HOLIDAY SEASON HOTLIST

It might only be summer, but savvy travellers are already planning their end-of-year gatherings. Destinations like Chile, Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand are especially hot this year, due in part to the low probability of Zika in those spots.

Forthcoming fall-opening hotels that will be great for the festive season include the latest Awasi Lodge at Iguazu Falls in Argentina.

Spinning through Provence

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TOUR DE FRANCE TURNS 104

July 1 also marks the start of the 104th Tour de France. This year’s route passes through some of our favourite French regions: the lavender of Provence, the vineyards of Burgundy and the castles of the Dordogne Valley.

Gather friends and retrace epic rides with Gray & Co. this fall.

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GET MOVING IN MEDITERRANEAN STYLE

With spring just around the corner, it’s none to early to start planning your warm-weather journeys. Greece tops our list of iconic spring and summertime destinations for all ages. From the deck of your private yacht, you’ll listen to grandkids share tales of the ancient gods and goddesses. We bring those stories to life touring such ruins as The Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens. Cycling pros know that the Balearic Island

of Mallorca also offers up good early-spring weather and fabulous biking, hiking, kayaking and hotels from April to October. Check out our “pop-up” week in May when we’ll be in residence at the island’s Gran Hotel Son Net. Special thanks to those who voted us #1 Tour Operator in Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016. Voting for the 2017 awards closes on March 6th.

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SPOTLIGHT ON GREECE

Let Gray & Co. help you navigate the antiquities, islands, and beaches of Greece. We’ll have you cruising the Cycladic and Ionian islands via super yacht or staying at favourite on-land hotels–and, most likely a combo of both. Start from the King George Hotel, in Athens, which tempts with both Acropolis views and easy access to the Parthenon temple. Then head to the less-touristed Peloponnese peninsula, where

the Mycenae ruins and hilltop resort of Amanzoe await. Or head out to the islands: Milos features hikes to secret underwater caves, Santorini provides views of ancient civilization preserved in volcanic ash, and Hydra has bike rides along the Mediterranean. Our fave “easy to miss” isle? The peaceful Folegandros, where the Blue Cuisine restaurant delights.

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POP UP IN MALLORCA

The secret is out–our Gray & Co. team is crazy about the Balearic Island of Mallorca. This May, Gray & Co. will partner with the 32-room estate-turned-luxury stay Gran Hotel Son Net, for our first-ever pop-up cycling week. This is the ultimate way to both give

Gray & Co. a try, and to travel with just a friend or two. We’ll set off each day on cycling roads favoured year after year by racers and amateurs alike, peddling through almond and citrus groves, vineyards and medieval villages.

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ALASKA WITH ANNIE

I love the endless summer days in Alaska–from hiking glaciers in Denali National Park & Preserve and fishing for king salmon on the Kenai river to sea kayaking with whales in Prince William Sound and dogsledding on the Punchbowl Glacier in Girdwood. Working with the best lodges, we craft

experiences away from the crowds for all ages and fitness levels. One of my favourite places to stay is Still Point Lodge, which sits tucked away off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. It’s a great mix of rustic and refined, and the quiet waters of the cove, just outside the hotel, are perfect for paddling.

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CALIFORNIA DREAMING

Fall is a great time to taste, sip and savour Sonoma County, California, where the newly redone 25-room Farmhouse Inn and Spa is the ultimate basecamp. Cycle right out from the driveway to explore vineyard roads that’ll take you to the charming town

of Healdsburg and then well beyond. Farmhouse’s brother-and-sister owners, Joe and Catherine Bartolomei, raise all bars. Near Santa Barbara, meanwhile, we love the winding, picturesque vineyard and horse farm roads around Los Olivos, where filmmakers shot both Sideways and Seabiscuit. The Fess Parker Wine Valley Inn & Spa is our home away from home in Santa Barbara, all year long.

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PORTUGAL, THE ALPS & GREECE

We’re more than ready to roll in Portugal, which was just named “Country of the Year” by the experts at Travel & Leisure magazine. Whether it’s Lisbon, a coastal adventure in the Mediterranean-side Algarve, tasting your way through the vineyard-filled Douro Valley or taking in the charms of whitewashed Alentejo, we’ll help you have the best bespoke

experience possible. Other hot spots on our radars right now include the French Alps, where you can follow the wheels of the pros (we love Chalet Pelerin & Fermes de Marie here); and Greece’s Peloponnese coast, which from the base of the serene Amanzoe, offers up great archeological site visits and scenic boat rides to the nearby islands of Hyrda and Napflion.

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IN THE PRESS

Gray & Co. bike trips were mentioned in an article about “why cycling is hot and not cooling down” in the travel newsletter “Oh The People You Meet.” And coming soon in Departures magazine, you’ll find a piece on Gray & Co.’s custom bike trips in Oregon, where

Willamette Valley, near Portland, offers up great rides, wonderful wines and the fabulous Allison Inn & Spa. (For those of you already planning your autumn travels, other great North American fall picks include Santa Ynez, California, and Hill Country, Texas.

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INDUSTRY THANKS

On the heels of being named #1 Tour Operator in Travel & Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards, Gray & Co. has been busy making even more exclusive connections for our travellers. Cari is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association and the AFAR Media Travel Advisory Council, and also sits on the board of the Family Trade Association. As a Contributing Editor to Departures, she

shares her expertise with the magazine’s high-flying readership. Our team participated in the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, the Skift Global Forum in New York, the PURE Life Experiences conference in Marrakech and the International Luxury Travel Mart in both Mexico’s Rivera Maya and Cannes, France. Most recently, Cari has been welcomed to the new VF500, identified as an influencer and tastemaker by Vanity Fair magazine.

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IN THE PRESS

Gray & Co.’s Iceland journeys were singled out this month in CNN Travel’s profile on high-end hikes: “Think of Gray & Co as a full-time concierge of sorts — one that would coordinate the private helicopter pick-up at the end of a hike so seamlessly as to deliver the adventurer back to their lodge right in time to catch the sunset. Travellers have been increasingly interested in Iceland, where trips

can include a trek across lava fields, glacier climbing and bathing in natural hot springs.”

We also got a shout-out in a New York Time’s article on how to plan an active vacation, alongside recommendations from star travel agent Susan Sparks of Points of Interest Travel.

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WHERE TO BOOK NOW: ALASKA & ICELAND  

Gray & Co. guide Annie is just back from Alaska, a wild and wonderful destination that beckons active travellers with its glaciers, fjords, mountains, and pristine nature. Here, as Annie discovered, America’s northernmost state has a very short window of “good”

weather, however, and very limited higher-end accommodations, so it’s best to start planning now for hiking and paddling adventures this coming summer with your family and friends. Be in touch to let us help you get a leg up on bookings.

The similarly short summer season in Iceland is in great demand, too.