If 2020 was the year of the Homeliday, then 2021 must be the year of the Staycation.
Remove the stress from holidays and stay a little closer to home, taking time to explore some of the great National Parks or hidden corners that the UK has to offer. Get back to nature in the way that suits you, whether that is by pitching up in style with a luxurious basecamp and all the mod cons for the true glamping experience or getting down and dirty with a multi-day hike, bike or kayak adventure. Or why not pick up the pace, strip back your kit and give fastpacking a go.
Check out our pick of ways to get out and into nature for 2021
This week we take a look at one of our specialities and one that doesn’t require you to travel very far, perfect for those who think they don’t like camping!
Turn any outdoor space into a luxury camp, a back garden safari or a beautiful nomad desert camp. Let your passion for the outdoors and luxury combine with space and accessories, furniture and comforts that turn an ordinary weekend away into an unforgettable experience.
For space and light, it’s hard to beat the Utgard or, if you have the room, why not construct your own canvas castle with the Midgard and Vimur.
Pair this with some chic furniture such as the Moesgaard Chair, the Rold Wooden Bed and the cosy Almond sleeping bag for the ultimate Glamping set up. All you need to add is a campfire, marshmallows and good company for instant hygge.
Utgard / Almond / Rold Wooden Bed
If entertaining kids (of any age), consider investing in some outdoor games; who doesn’t love giant Jenga or Twister, head over to our Family Camping Guide for more great outdoor game ideas! And when the sun dips and the air cools, light up the fire pit or woodburner and get the marshmallows out. Head over to our other cookout recommendations. And for our perfect S’more recipe, head over here.
A cotton tent basecamp makes the perfect retreat whether you’re exploring somewhere new or getting to know your back garden. Having the unique comfort and space of cotton to come back to and curl up with loved ones for fireside stories or a few shared drinks is something truly special.
Here are our the Nordisk Team’s Top 5 Glamping Sites:
Celtic Camping – Pembrokeshire
This corner of South West Welsh coast has long been a favourite of adventure seekers and history buffs. With sandy beaches, soaring sea cliffs and historic castles there is something for everyone here. Celtic Camping is perched above the dazzling blue sea and has all the space you and your tribe need to make a great getaway.
Gill Head Campsite – North Lake District
Tucked away in the northern Lake District and away from the crowds of Keswick and Ambleside, Gill Head is a working hill farm that offers a glimpse of the other side of the national park. With a beautiful meadow to pitch in and views of the fell tops all around, this is a great base to hide away from the holiday crowds or as a basecamp to explore the peaks, valleys, lakes and gills that surround this idyllic spot.
Graig Wen – Snowdonia
Perfectly situated where mountains meet sea, Graig Wen is a great base for exploring the southern reaches of Snowdonia; from the forest trails of Coed y Brenin to the challenging slopes of Penygader or better yet, long afternoons on the golden sands of Traeth Abermaw and the seaside town of Barmouth.
Get away from it all and then a bit more! Tucked away at the end of the road on the spectacular west coast of Scotland, this is a great spot to feel the force of the elements and retreat to your own luxury retreat. Explore hidden coves and wild mountains, with magical islands a short boat ride away. And a trip to the west coast wouldn’t be complete without a few drams at sundown!
Scaldbeck Cottage – Norfolk
This one takes some finding but once you do, you’ll realise why it was worth it. Tucked away on the North Norfolk Coast within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this is one of the quietest campsites around with nothing but the sound of birds and the wind in the grass and trees. Explore the fantastic Blakeney Point and surrounding villages and sleepy towns. Times move slower here but you’ll soon adjust to the pace and once you do, it’ll be hard to leave.