You don't have to go far to find true winter wilderness, where reality matches the fantasy.
We’re walking in the air. No people far below. The villages go by like dreams, the rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams … so go the lyrics to The Snowman. And so goes the feeling when snowshoeing through remote, white, mountain villages, because snowshoeing takes you into another world. One that is far from the world of skiing, and totally about winter walking. Powder plodding rather than powder pushing. Pondering the pistes rather than bashing them.
Snowshoeing over the snow covered black lava flows on Mount Etna is out of this world. Fire and ice. Very very nice.
And snowshoes are no longer like battered old tennis rackets; they’re made from lightweight aluminium with crampons for extra grip. Attach them to waterproof walking boots, grab some poles for extra leverage, follow your mountain guide and you’re off. Five minutes later forget you are wearing them. Until you try to go backwards, that is. And then you fall flat on your face. Don’t pack your pride for a snowshoeing vacation, just pack your childhood sense of adventure. And go walking in the air.
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The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is that most people do it because they love to explore landscape on foot. So, if the snow melts, just put on your hiking boots. It’s no big tragedy.
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Check out some of our recommended snowshoeing routes as you discover where to go snowshoeing within one of our featured locations which range from the Pyrenees in France to the Carpathians in Romania.
Snowshoeing in Finland - what better way to get acquainted with a Nordic winter than strapping on a pair and making your way over frozen pine heaths and blanketed ridges with barely another soul in sight?
East Tyrol is one of the finest destinations for snowshoeing in Austria, where you can combine your snowshoeing with yoga, healthy local food and soaking at sunset in a wood-fired hot tub on the terrace.
A showshoeing vacation in France is the best way to explore pristine, remote wildernesses where other people are so scarce that the only tracks you’re likely to see beside your own are those of the local wildlife.
Snowshoeing vacations in Iceland take you off the tourist beat, across entrancing landscapes of volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields and frozen lakes, with the promise of soaking in bubbling natural hot springs every evening.
Winter walking and snowshoeing allows you to seek out untouched areas of the Carpathians where tracks in the snow can lead to wild adventures.