Scan Magazine, Issue 107, December 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Holiday Profile of the Month  |  Denmark

River rafting is just one of the many challenging and adrenalin-inducing activities included in Adventure Heart’s adventure programmes.

Holiday Profile of the Month, Denmark

Leap into the adventure of your life If you are dreaming of a couple of months or weeks of extraordinary adventures, Adventure Heart can make the dream a reality. With more than 30 years of experience, the Danish travel company allows you to leap into the biggest adventure of your life – in safe hands and surrounded by people who share your dream.

than the one we, as tourists, are usually introduced to,” says 19-year-old Ida, who travelled to Uganda, Madagascar and Mauritius with Adventure Heart.

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Adventure Heart

From language courses to adventure trips

“I was on a two-month trip, and I’m still amazed at how much we managed to see. The travel programme was so good,” says 21-year-old Andreas, who took part in Adventure Heart’s Borneo and Bali programme. “In Borneo, we had great nature experiences, saw a wild orangutan and numerous other wild animals and had great adventures such as living and trekking in the jungle. And, after that, we had a bit more luxury and culture in Bali. It almost ought to be compulsory for young people to take this kind of trip.” However, it is not all about adventure, luxury and culture. While covering all the 84  |  Issue 107  |  December 2017

must-see tourist destinations, Adventure Heart’s group trips also give travellers the chance to explore and volunteer within one or more areas of interest, such as sports, animals or children. Based on decades of experience and strong local networks, the trips all offer something that travellers would struggle to find on their own. “When we landed on Mauritius, we were all surprised by the richness that met us: nice cars, a huge airport and the most impressive high-rise buildings. But the biggest surprise came when we travelled to the poorer part of the country to help out at the plantations; it was a completely different world

Founded by Kirsten Lillelund in 1984, Adventure Heart started out as a provider of language courses before gradually expanding to include gap year programmes. “For the last 20 years, we’ve been arranging trips for more than 15,000 young people during their gap year, and gradually our programmes have been expanded to include more destinations and activities on each trip,” explains managing director Susan Ravn. Surfing, animal care, yoga, bungee jumping and mountain climbing are just some of the activities on offer. And then there is the voluntary work, often the most

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