Top 5 Global Active Travel Destinations
This month, we’ve decided to celebrate one of the greatest things in life, travel and adventure holidays! Throughout September, we will be counting down the Aussie Grit Apparel top 5 active travel and adventure destinations.
We can’t wait to hear what your top five are either, we will have a special, quirky prize to give away for our favourite suggestion from our community throughout the month so comment on our Instagram or facebook account, tweet or even email us. We take all contributions seriously.
Each week, we will add a new location, counting down to our number one, so don’t forget to share your suggestions!
Number 4: Bergen Norway
Also known as the Gateway to the Fjords, Bergen is a picturesque city on Norway’s South-Western Coast. Nestled in a mountainous fjord-cut landscape , Norway’s second largest city provides an incredible backdrop for outdoor pursuits and if you travel to the ‘land of the midnight sun’ in summer (June-August) the daylight hours peak at 19, meaning endless adventure opportunities
The stunning views and challenging trails make it number four on our list of global adventure travel destinations.
Where to run – The 15km Vidden trail between Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen is one of the most popular tours in Bergen. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful views of Bergen and the surrounding region. Each June also sees the running of the Bergen Fjellmaraton or Bergen Mountain Marathon which is a half marathon taking in the scenic mountain trails surrounding the town, and if you’re feeling brave, you could enter the Stoltzekleiven Opp in late September – an annual race that has been run since the 70’s, where around 6000 people race straight up approx. 800 stone ‘steps’ cut into the mountainside.
Where to ride –The cycling trails around Bergen and the surrounding towns are numerous, but one that stands out is Åsane Runden. A 31km trail located in the Asane regain just outside of Bergen, the starting point is Nyborg / Salhus Crossing.
Where to stay – Our pick is Hotel Park in Bergen. It’s centrally located, comfortable and the hotel offers free bikes so you can explore the city on two wheels between hitting the trails.
Where to refuel – If you’re taking our recommendation for the run, stopping at the Sky:skraperen restaurant at the end of the Vidden trail is a must. The view of the surrounding area is spectacular and the food is pretty good too J
Don’t forget to pack – It rains an average of 188 days a year in Bergen, so just over half of the time. Pack your Aussie Grit Apparel bike shell to stay dry while you’re taking in the view.
Number 5: Blue Mountains NSW
The Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia are a beautiful location in any season. With incredible scenery, a land mass exceeding 1 million hectares, the Blue Mountains offer world class mountain bike trails and running tracks. Common with our top 5 destinations is no shortage of beautiful food and wine. We couldn’t go past this gem close to our Australian headquarters in Sydney.
It’s also the location of the biggest trail running event in the Southern Hemisphere, Ultra Trail Australia. The Blue Mountain’s website (https://www.bluemts.com.au/info/) is a wonderful resource if you’re planning a trip and we’ve collated some of our favourite activities below to get you started.
Where to run – We can’t pick only one track, the trails in the Blue Mountains offer something for everyone from 2km tracks with views to a difficult 42km one-way track that is so tough, you’ll forget about the view until you reach the top. To see a consolidated list, click here (https://www.bluemts.com.au/info/thingstodo/bushwalks/)
Where to ride – There are a lot of spectacular tracks in this area but if we can only pick one favourite, it would be McMahon’s Point Ride, Wentworth Falls for a somewhat challenging and awesome day trip. It’s a 38km round trip and takes approximately two hours each way.
Where to stay – Here we would have to suggest the Fairmont Resort. It’s a spectacular resort, 90 minutes from Sydney, perched on the edge of the Blue Mountains.
Where to refuel – Dryridge Estate is just one of the beautiful vineyards on offer if you’re planning a trip to the Blue Mountains. Kick back and enjoy the spectacular view from the Estate after a long day on the trails.
Don’t forget to pack – Your flint Long Sleeve Running Top, it’s a great option for all types of weather conditions, which can change when you’re out enjoying the Blue Mountain trails.