3 Wilderness Experiences You’ll Never Forget

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*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Photo from Pixabay

Sitting by a pool, sipping a cocktail, and watching the world go by is not everyone’s idea of a vacation. It may be enjoyable for a couple of days, but if you’re the type of traveler who loves the thrill of the outdoors and craves adventure, one of these three experiences might be for you. 

A Note

When embarking on a wilderness experience and stepping out of the confines of a resort, safety must be prioritized. Careful planning is a must to ensure you’re adequately equipped and prepared for the terrain and climate. 

Never take unnecessary risks and, if applicable, seek the services of an experienced guide. It’s also useful to be familiar with some safety protocols and ensure you have the necessary must have gear for outdoor survival.

1. Frozen Wilderness

A vacation 200km north of the Arctic Circle is about as far away from a sunshine holiday as you can get. Each year, Jukkasjärvi in Sweden plays host to thousands of visitors looking to experience a frozen wilderness. 

You can stay in the Ice Hotel which is rebuilt each year to a new and unique design. Or, if you can stay out in the woods in a log cabin, accessible by dog sled. 

Activities include snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and excursion by dog sled and reindeer. Depending on when you visit, there’s also a good chance you’ll get to experience the Northern Lights as the Aurora Borealis is active in this area. It’s traditional in this part of the world to enjoy a steamy sauna followed by a quick plunge into the snow. 

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2. Hiking

Hiking can be as leisurely or as exciting as you choose to make it. It offers a unique perspective on your surroundings, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural environment. For the adventurer, there are many breathtaking trails across the world. 

Africa’s Pays Dogon offers stunning scenery and will take you through ancient cliffs, villages, and peeks. Known as the Jewel of West Africa, this beautiful region has been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site for its beauty and culture. 

Your hiking trip to the Inca Trail in Peru will culminate in Machu Picchu. Steeped in mystery, this 15th-century Incan citadel is known for its sophisticated dry stone walls, and ancient ruins. Go off the beaten track to explore some of the lesser-known villages. 

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3. Safari

A safari will expose you to beautiful, natural scenery and some of the world’s remotest wildlife. Africa is renowned for its safari experiences, whether you opt to visit the deep bush or rugged hills. This is a trip that will stay with you for a lifetime. 

Duba in Botswana will provide you with an opportunity to observe lions in their natural habitat. Usually, lions hunt at night, but in Duba, they hunt by day so visitors can witness their battles, hunting, and feeding. 

Take a mountain hike in Rwanda and come face to face with its gorillas. This experience is unrivaled. These animals are protected, and there’s nothing like observing them watch and play, while they observe you. 

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