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10 Action-Packed Adventures for the 2020 August Bank Holiday
January 7, 2020
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Just another day on the fjords of Norway…

August is summer. August is prime summer. And we love it. We love every single thing about it. From the barbecue days at the park to the slackliners who come out in force, to the frisbee players whose inaccurate throws cause the slackliners to fall off their slackline. We love everything about summer. We also love that there’s a bank holiday in August – just when you want it most, at the end of the month, before September ends, Green Day go to sleep for the month and the days begin getting notably shorter again.

So why not make the most of that bank holiday weekend? It’s a great opportunity to score yourself an awesome adventure without having to hack away your annual leave while you do so. Whether it’s water, land or mountains you’re after, we’ve got something to fit the bill. Here are a few ideas for adventures over the August bank holiday weekend, which this year is on Monday 31st August, giving you a long weekend from the Friday evening on the 28th until that glorious Monday.

1) Bear Watching and Castle Hopping in Romania

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Thanks to a combination of climate change and increased urbanisation, brown bears are now some of Europe’s rarest residents and this trip offers a once in a lifetime chance to see them in their natural habitat. As well as visiting the acclaimed Libearty Sanctuary, and Dracula’s castle, you’ll hike to an isolated hide deep in the Carpathian Mountains and watch these incredible animals feed right in front of you.

Little fact: A fully-grown brown bear can weigh 360kg and reach 2.8 metres in height.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August 2020.

Days off work: One.

> Check out the full itinerary for our bear watching and castle hopping trip in Romania

2) Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelago of Sweden’s West Coast

Kayaking the west coast of Sweden – a much better use for bank holiday than staying in bed with a hangover.

Sea kayak and wild camp along Sweden’s most beautiful coastline; you’re about to take a truly inspiring journey.

With its remote outer archipelago and sheltered inner islands, the rocky coast of Bohuslän is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful areas for sea kayaking whether you’re a novice or an expert. Along the way you’ll enjoy crystal clear waters between 8000 wild, uninhabited islands and a changing majestic terrain that will keep you on your toes. Spend your evening’s wild camping along the coastline; swimming in the sheltered coves, fishing from the rocks and cooking on an open fire.

Little fact: Fika, the Swedish tradition of stopping everything for a coffee and cake break, is more a national state of mind than simply a snack.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Monday 31st May 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Check out what’s provided and read the full itinerary for the self-guided kayak of Sweden’s coast

3) Hike the Lakes and Mountains of Bulgaria

Looking out over the Rila Lakes in Bulgaria.

Spend four days hiking in the ‘Alps of the Balkans’.  Hike past glacial lakes, along jagged ridges and through alpine meadows. Marvel at the epic scenery and panoramic views of the Pirin and Rila mountain ranges. Summit Mount Vihren (2915m) and Mount Polezhan (2851m), soak up the wild landscape which is home to bears, ibex, martens, eagles and falcons and stay in family owned independent hotels in between hikes. Some way to spend the bank holiday!

Little fact:There are more than 70 hot mineral springs at the foot of the Pirin mountain.

Trip dates: Friday 28th August – Tuesday 1st September 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Check out the the full itinerary for our four-night hiking trip in Bulgaria

4) Conquer Mount Triglav, Slovenia

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The 2,863-metre peak of Mount Triglav is so iconic in Slovenia it appears on the national flag, whilst climbing it has become a rite of passage. From the Triglav National Park, a protected area of rushing rivers, caves and endless forest, you’ll ascend the gorgeous Krma Valley, catch a mountain sunset and then make the final push for the summit in the morning.

Little fact:  The park’s wildlife includes golden eagles, griffon vultures, lynx, marmots and ibex.

Trip dates: Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August 2020.

Days off work: Zero!

> Check out the full itinerary for the climb up Mount Triglav

5) Adventure Hiking in Slovakia 

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Refreshingly, Slovakia somehow flies under the travel radar, though it’s impossible to understand why. Based in the Slovak Paradise National Park, an area that never fails to live up to its name, you’ll climb Via Ferrata to dramatic mountain plateaus, enter mysterious caves and pass waterfalls, deep blue pools and a whole lot more along the way.

Little fact:  The park has more than 350 caves and 300km of trails.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Monday 31st August

Days off work: One.

> Read the full itinerary for our three-night hike in Slovakia

6) Trek and Raft the Via Dinarica Trail Through Bosnia and Montenegro

The Via Dinarica from Croatia to Bosnia. Well worth putting a few extra miles training in.

Hike Europe’s wildest trails in this remote trek following the Via Dinarica trail through Bosnia and into Montenegro. You’ll pass through UNESCO natural sites like the Tara Canyon, medieval villages, glacier lakes and ascend Bosnia’s highest peak, Mt Maglić.

Little fact: At one point the canyon narrows to just 50cm – you can actually touch two mountains at the same time.

Trip dates: Saturday 29th – Saturday 5th August 2020.

Days off work: Four.

> Read all the details of our raft and trekking adventure in beautiful Bosnia

7) Welsh 15 Peak Challenge

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Over one awesome weekend, you’ll climb a mountain… wait, what’s that? Sorry, fifteen mountains! Not to mention 4000 metres of gain, as you hike the Welsh 3000’s. On the menu is the wild Carneddau, Glyders, home to some of Britain’s best scrambling, and the Snowdon Massif, including the 1,085-metre summit of Mount Snowdon itself. It’s hard work but the rewards are immense.

Little fact: On a clear day from the top of Mount Snowdon you can see Ireland, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th August 2020.

Days off work: One.

> Read the full itinerary for the Welsh 15-Peak Challenge

8) Hike, Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords

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Norway’s outrageously beautiful Nærøyfjord is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you want to understand why, it’s got (takes deep breath), magnificent cliffs, rarely visited waterfalls, mirror-clear water, wild campsites only accessible from said mirror-clear water, seals, remote villages, more seals and incredible mountains. Let’s just call it a Norwegian paradise.

Little fact: Nærøyfjord means ‘the narrow fjord’ and is only 250 metres across at its thinnest point.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Monday 31th August 2020.

Days off work: One day.

> Check out the full itinerary for our kayaking and hiking trip on the fjords of Norway

9) Climb Mount Toubkal

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Starting and finishing in the poetic chaos that is Marrakech, you’ll trek to the 4,167 metre top of North Africa’s highest peak, cross the dunes on camelback to spend the night at a traditional Berber Camp and experience the full range of otherworldly landscapes that Morocco has to offer.

Little fact: The Sahara covers 3.6 million square miles – almost the same size as the USA.

Trip dates: Friday 28th – Monday 31st August 2020.

Days off work: One day off.

> Check out the day-by-day itinerary for our climb up Mount Toubkal here

10) Circumnavigate Menorca by Sea Kayak

The remarkable waters of Menorca.

Navigate 210 km of Menorca’s spectacular and varying coastlines on a magical seafaring adventure. Stop to swim in turquoise waters, rest on pristine beaches, pull up in concealed coves and explore hidden limestone caves. Eight days adventuring, and thanks to the lovely August bank holiday, just the four days annual leave required.

Little fact: There are 1,500 megalithic sites in Menorca, making it a paradise for archaeologists.

Trip dates: Saturday 29th August – Saturday 5th September 2020.

Days off work: Four days.

> Read the day by day itinerary for our kayak around Menorca in a week

Fancy something a bit different? Our vast and varied range of unique adventure holidays will sort you out. Each one lovingly hand-picked by yours truly.