This winter, it’s as difficult to plan a luxury ski trip as it is to plan any other ski trips, thanks to the complications of travel in the ongoing pandemic, but nonetheless, holiday company Scott Dunn have put together a spectacular 16-night trip for those looking to splurge now that it is possible to travel again (or at least is at the time we go to press!)
The Ultimate Winter Adventure takes in luxury properties in the Italian Dolomites and the famous Austrian ski resort of St Anton as well as the wilderness of Finland for the chance to experience the Northern Lights before ending at the health-boosting Blue Lagoon in Iceland.
This adventure-packed itinerary begins with four nights in The Dolomites – a snow lover’s dream consisting of 12 valleys and nearly 1,200km of ski runs on one ski pass. Guests will stay at the famous Rosa Alpina Hotel located by the Sellaronda circuit, which opens up one of the world’s three largest lift-linked ski regions. The hotel has only 51 rooms but three fabulous restaurants – one of which has three Michelin stars – and an extensive spa.
A private transfer for the next four nights takes skiers on to the 5★ St Antoner Hof boutique hotel in the heart of St Anton, one of the most popular ski resorts in the Alps. The spa here offers an indoor pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish steam bath and an extensive range of massages.
Adding a bucket list element to the trip, travellers will then fly to the wild terrain of Finland to (hopefully) experience the Earth’s most stunning natural displays, the Northern Lights. Situated in a picturesque, remote location on the southern shore of Lake Inari, Wilderness Hotel Nangu promises breathtaking views and can arrange a number of excursions to set out in search of this natural wonder. Other full-day excursions include husky sled riding to visit a reindeer farm and heading out by snowmobile to try ice fishing.
Next up is the magnetic island of Iceland with a three-night stay at the Torfhús Retreat, where there’s the option to explore riding on the owner’s Icelandic horses. The remote location with no light pollution also offers another chance of spotting the Northern Lights, and guests can benefit from their own private geothermally heated basalt plunge pool, spacious living room and a fully equipped kitchenette in each Torfhús. The Adventure concludes at one of the world’s most unique spas, Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. Fully rejuvenated, guests will fly home from Reykjavik.
The Ultimate Winter Adventure costs from £28,900 based on two people. scottdunn.com