Frequently Asked Questions
A. We limit this to 6 adult participants or 3 vehicles, plus our support vehicle in which we also transport our staff. By keeping to these small groups, we find we can more easily take into account individual interests and can operate at a pace which suits you. This will give you the opportunity to appreciate the local environment and enjoy the peace and solitude of rural areas, as well as giving you the chance to meet new people and enjoy new experiences. Bigger groups lessen the chance of seeing and experiencing spectacular new landscapes.
A. Yes, of course! If you and your family enjoy camping holidays in the UK, there is no reason why you can’t all do it abroad, without the risk of heavy rain! We offer expeditions to the Pyrenees during the school holidays which are great for children of all ages. We try to make the journey times shorter on these trips, giving you more time to relax and explore the areas you are visiting. Please feel free to discuss the finer details with us if you have any reservations!
A. We aim to start out each day about 9am and be at our base camp by 5pm each day. Throughout the day, we usually take an hour for lunch and will also stop often for comfort breaks, to take photographs and admire the spectacular scenery or simply to explore. All in all, we aim to be driving for less than 4-5 hours daily and we keep this to no more than 4 hours for our Pyrenees trips so that it is more family friendly. These trips also offer good quality campsites, often with restaurant, bar and a pool. Sometimes a longer day may be necessary at the beginning or end of your trip, in order to comply with onwards travel arrangements. The distance covered during each day can vary hugely depending on terrain.
A. We offer genuine off road adventures and try to stay away from tarmac wherever possible (except possibly at the beginning and end of your trip) so sometimes easy, sometimes difficult but never boring! The terrain we cover includes ranges from rock to sand, steep mountain tracks to flat gravel plains and icy, snow covered roads. Generally, novice off roaders will be best suited to an expedition through the Pyrenees, whilst more experienced drivers will love the challenge offered by our Arctic expeditions (although we are happy to offer support to novices with a sense of adventure)!
Off-roading fans in the UK will be familiar with the term “green laning” but in Norway, it is actually illegal to drive vehicles in the wilderness. A fine could be incurred for driving on a prepared track intended for forestry use in the wild, if you are actually using it for recreational purposes. Therefore our route is along the snow and ice covered roads along the fragmented coastline, passing spectacular fjords along the way until we reach our destination of Nordkapp, 71° north, the northernmost point in mainland Europe.
On our Pyrenees trip, there is plenty of opportunity to experience true “off-roading” and our route encompasses everything from rocky tracks to muddy lanes, through breath-taking mountain scenery and verdant forests.
Clearly marked lanes may not exist and braking distances are much higher than you will be used to when driving a laden vehicle on a loose surface, which will also affect the feel and traction of your vehicle. For these reasons, we suggest you take your time to adjust to these new conditions and stop whenever you feel it is necessary and safe to do so. Avoid sudden steering movements and harsh braking wherever possible. Be aware of rocks or branches placed in the road which could be a sign that there is any area of subsidence ahead or a broken down vehicle. If there are no other vehicles in clear sight, we suggest taking a central position on the road.
As the road conditions can vary, this will impact our pace each day. We aim to leave camp about 9am each morning but this could change if we have a longer distance to cover on a particular day. On a daily route, we include comfort breaks and lunch stops, roadside shopping, sightseeing and photo stops and it is really up to you to set the pace. However, we may need to increase the pace on days when we have return travel arrangements to adhere to.
We can arrange 1:1 training at all levels if you are new to off-roading or require further experience before embarking on a more adventurous trip. We recommend you attend one of our UK weekend trips with your vehicle fully kitted out, to see if you are ready to venture overseas!
A. We make an effort to review our routes each year in order to keep things fresh – we find that the more excited we are about the places we visit, the more you will enjoy it! We use the information we have gained from previous visits to plan our next one and in this way, we can explore further away from the usual routes and head off the beaten track. We aim to give you a real feel for the country and people you are visiting. We research each trip, using existing information we hold on the area combined with information from satellite maps and during each expedition, we aim to explore new areas.
A. We recommend you bring a basic map of the country you are visiting with you and an emergency compass (which should always be used away from your vehicle). We are happy to mark out the route on your map. If you can bring your own GPS for waypoint navigation, you will then have the ability to explore alone and further away from our support vehicle, should you wish to do so. However, if you would prefer to follow the route we set, that is fine too!
A. Although it’s a great experience to be spending time in the wild, we do make efforts to stay at a campsite every 3rd or 4th night so you can get a meal cooked for you and get a hot shower. The campsites can have basic rooms with the option to upgrade to a proper bed in a hotel if you would prefer. Some of our routes already include stops at local hotels. For example, sites in the Pyrenees often have a restaurant, pool and even a bar! We are happy to discuss individual requirements with you at the time of booking.
A. We will advise you of the specific requirements of your trip before you go, but as a guide, we suggest 20 litres of drinking water, plus a spare 20 (which is roughly 2 jerry cans). If you wish to have your own supply in an on-board tank, remember to bring water purification tablets.
It may take a little time to acclimatise to the obviously different weather from that which we experience in England!
The Pyrenees has little rain during summer months but the mountain peaks may remain cold and snow covered, with freezing temperatures at night. Day time temperatures can vary from about 16°C in late spring up to 30°C during summer months. It’s a good idea to bring several clothing layers so you can adjust accordingly.
Weather conditions on our winter arctic expeditions can be harsh! Iceland can be unpredictable in winter, with gale storms and blizzards. Temperatures dip below freezing and the sun only rises for about 4 hours each day.
Most of Norway is a snow-covered paradise throughout the winter months from about November through to February. In some areas above the Arctic Circle, the sun doesn’t rise at all for up to 2 months. However there is still some light and, depending how far above the Arctic Circle you are, the sun may peek above the horizon around noon. This is a great time to enjoy the “blue light” cast by the low sun which lights up and reflects off the snow and makes icicles sparkle. There are also, of course, the spectacular Northern Lights, which make braving the cold temperatures more than worthwhile! Temperatures can reach below -40°C and gales, rain and clouds can be frequent and heavy. Layering clothes is key in these cold environments and we suggest undergarments made using materials such as merino wool (cotton can keep moisture against the skin).
A. An emergency 20 litre jerry can should be sufficient for most expeditions and we will provide specific information for your individual trip. Please let us know if you have either a petrol or LPG engine.
The areas we travel to are all low in crime and reasonably safe. In Norway, we have known rental companies to leave their cars running in airport car parks so that the vehicle is warm for the customer when they collect it! Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, we recommend you keep cash, cards and passports on you at all times in your money belt and unnecessary valuables kept in your vehicle which should be kept locked. We also recommend that you never leave personal possessions in your tent.
If you have any more questions about our expeditions, contact us here.