Travel industry experts are predicting that 2021 will be the year of the isolation holiday, as anxious travellers shun city breaks and crowded beaches.
The phenomenon has promoted Nordic travel specialist Magnetic North Travel to coin the term ‘iso-cation’, as it looks to help us escape to the wilder corners of Scandinavia and Nordic countries.
Certain to be in hot demand are remote fjordside cabins, secluded forest retreats, island escapes, treetop houses and even glass igloos.
Magnetic North Travel founder Laura Greenman says travellers eager to maintain social distancing will be lured to the freedom and space offered in the Nordic countries. “With its abundance of wilderness, a holiday in Norway, Finland, Iceland or Sweden provides a stress free post pandemic getaway,” she says.
You’ll certainly avoid the crowds. The Nordics boast a low population density, with just 17 people per square kilometre in Finland, compared to England at 430 per sq km.
Unlike more conventional holiday resorts, very little needs to change when it comes to an outdoor adventure, which typically involve small groups where distance can be maintained. So where will you take your iso-cation? Here are some some suggestions…
Levi Glass Igloo, Finnish Lapland
Enjoy your own social bubble at this small luxury resort in the fells of Finnish Lapland. Meals can be delivered to your glass igloo, and then you can relax, or explore the empty trails surrounding the resort. Just remember to draw the curtains at night…
Varanger Lodge, Northern Norway
Located Norway’s Arctic coast, you can escape tom a pair of isolated cabins which overlook fjords and mountains. There’s an edge of the world vibe here, with plenty of wildlife. A self drive holiday will take you along the Arctic coastal highway, where the Northern Lights await…
Loggers Lodge, Arctic Sweden
When your only neighbours are moose, reindeer and husky dogs, you can’t help but relax. It’s just you, the forest and your private host a short walk away. The accommodation is a luxury converted cabin, complete with sauna and outdoor hot tub.
Self Drive Tour of Iceland’s Westfjords
The remote west of Iceland is probably a great place to catch-up on the collected works of George RR Martin. This is a land of fjords, glaciers and mountains which you can explore with a week-long self-drive holiday of Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westfjords.
Eagle View Suite, Finnish Lapland
Welcome to the Eagle View Suite, atop the Iso-Syote ski resort. A hideaway for isolated winter activities during the winter, or awash with biking routes and mountain biking possibilities during the summer.
For more, visit Magnetic North Travel here.