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If you want to see the best of Iceland, you’re best off doing it on horseback of inspo when the lactic acid sets in. Run the Wild offers two-night guided breaks from £530.; British Airways flies to Geneva (for Chamonix) from £86.

Get in the saddle in Iceland Highland moors, epic waterfalls, and world-famous hot springs – if you want to see the best of southern Iceland without sore feet from hiking, or driving a car for miles and miles, then you’re probably best off doing it on horseback. With farmhouse accommodation and ancient natural beauty surrounding you, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time (apart from the fact you’ll be wearing GORE-TEX to keep the wind and rain off). In the Saddle offers four-night tours from £1,267.; British Airways offers flights to Reykjavik Keflavik from £87 return.

The long-haul ones

Dive into the Seychelles Enough is enough. People have thought of the gorgeous, palm-fringed isles of the Seychelles as a destination for luxe beach breaks and honeymoons for far too long now. We’ll have you know that if you scratch beneath the surface of the turquoise Indian

HORSE POWER: [this image] Explore the wilder side of Iceland on horseback; [below] a Seychelles stingray

Hit the trail in Kyrgyzstan If your idea of a two-week retreat from the office involves a 4,000-mile schlep made worthwhile by trekking, hiking and horse riding through remote hills, mountains and verdant Central Asian steppe, Kalpak Travel’s tour of Kyrgyzstan is for you. Absorbing the country’s blend of pre-Soviet history, beautiful wilderness and killer views, you’ll


head home with super-toned legs and awesome holiday snaps. Kalpak Travel offers 14-day tours from £1,600.; Aeroflot offers return flights from £364 with an overnight layover in Moscow.

Catch some surf in Lombok, Indonesia Just because summer’s coming to a close (and what a summer it wasn’t), it doesn’t mean you have to wave goodbye to that surfboard. If you’re in need of some R&R and fancy catching a few while you’re away, join Soul & Surf at its pop-up on the Indonesian island of Lombok, where the only thing to worry about is the paddle from your beach accommodation to the waves. Soul & Surf offers two seven-night surf and yoga packages from £1,200.; Garuda Indonesia offers flights to Lombok from £749. e

Photograph (stingray) by Ullstein Bild/Getty

Ocean, there’s a whole world of sea life to discover. Hopping aboard a schooner with Dive Worldwide, you can explore it all, scuba diving the waters around some of the nation’s most remote islands, and seeing marine life from coral to moray eels. Rookie diver? Take a course with PADI before booking your tour.; Dive Worldwide offers ten-day dive tours from £2,750pp including flights.

Escapism - 42 - The Sustainability Issue  

Escapism Magazine - Issue 42 - The Sustainability Issue

Escapism - 42 - The Sustainability Issue  

Escapism Magazine - Issue 42 - The Sustainability Issue