The post-pandemic surge of the staycation has also put a spotlight on walking and hiking holidays. As a consequence, many areas of natural beauty become overloaded and over-resourced, particularly in peak season.
So that we become part of a solution, Slow Adventure works with local communities to create trips that give back and care for our surroundings, with each booking supporting a local Impact Project of your choice.
The benefits of hiking and walking are well-documented in terms of their health benefits, and their wide range of accessibility. From the brisk pace of Nordic walking, rambling and mountain trekking to get the endorphins pumping, to gentler flat routes - it’s easy to find the right level of hiking or walking holiday to suit your taste.
Any human-powered travel naturally benefits our environment, and the slow nature of hiking and walking lends itself beautifully to being able to enjoy your surroundings, observe wildlife and engage with the local community. It is an opportunity to really become part of the place that you are travelling through.
Ready to pull on your boots? We’ve shortlisted a selection of our slow adventures that have a focus on hiking or walking, in the most spectacular and natural locations.
Explore pristine pastures in the heart of the Italian Alps as you hike from one alpine hut to the next, living simply along the way. Enjoy full days’ of hiking and be rewarded with outstanding scenery, traditional villages and local foodie delicacies.
6 days, £876 per person
Immerse yourself in the rural Lapland lifestyle and take a break from daily stresses with our adventure that allows you to discover the deep connection between Finnish culture and the great outdoors. Enjoy woodland hiking, peaceful canoeing, rejuvenating forest bathing, foraging, and camping beneath the enchanting midnight sun.
5 days £1496 per person
Jamtland Harjedalen, Sweden
Participate in the winter preparations of your local hosts and explore the valley's stunning autumnal hues as you hike, canoe, and cycle your way around, gathering wild food through foraging. As you walk, your guide will tell you about his home here in the Swedish mountains, about the Sami culture, and the local flora and fauna.
6 days, £1746 per person
A beautiful combination of human and animal-powered adventure. Accompanied by an expert guide and their magnificent Icelandic horses, explore the vast expanses of the Icelandic highlands and visit volcanoes, glaciers, hidden waterfalls, and canyons. Unwind at the end of each day with a rejuvenating spa session and a 3-course dinner at the manor house - your home for the duration of the trip.
5 days. £2419 per person
Explore the remote Scottish peninsulas, learn the art of foraging and wilderness survival, and experience a true escape from civilization. You’ll join a local hiking guide to discover off-the-beaten path trails, islands and hills. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to learn more about foraging, how to use plants, and to apply your bushcraft skills.
6 days, £728 per person