7 Unique Getaways for Outdoor Adventurers

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By Phoebe Hodina

Searching for unique getaways that still have a connection to the great outdoors? Well being in nature doesn’t always have to include a tent. Sometimes it can be a yurt, igloo or treehouse!

Unique getaways that give you a totally different experience

Here’s a list of retreats that will give you some great stories not only from their locale but from your accommodations as well! Some are a little more rustic than others, but all are completely original.

Yurts

Yurts (also known as ghers) are traditional to Central Asia and were popular with nomadic tribes. Many people in Mongolia still use them today. They are movable, covered in felt, round, and supported by expanding wooden slats.

There are retreats all over the world that allow you to stay for a reasonable price… It wouldn’t yurt to give one a try!

  1. A Garden Yurt
    Nuremberg, Bavaria, Germany  

This is an original Afghani yurt, but with both electricity and candles. As a guest, you have access to part of a garden, a swimming pool, and nearby walking paths. All for the price of $34 a night, you can find it here.

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  1. A Yurt on a Quiet Hill
    Bellecombe-en-Baugues, Rhone-Alpes, France  

Spend some time at one of many cool unique getaways in the mountains of France! Nearby there is trekking, mountain biking, climbing, and skiing. And the view is worth the journey. You can book it on Air BnB here.

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  1. A Blissed-Out Czech Yurt
    Pšov, Karlovy Vary Region, Czech Republic

This yurt is located in Chlum, a small village in Western Bohemia near Zlutice, a small town. It’s a good place to relax, but also nearby cycling, horseback riding, fishing, ranching, and nearby countryside towns. You can book it here.

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Igloos

  1. Classic Igloo Villages, With a Twist

Ötz, Austria
Austria has a unique igloo resort at Schneedorf. Guests stay in snow igloos and have access to snowmobiles, skiing, snowshoeing, fantastic mountain views and so much more. There are even igloo construction workshops.

image credit: Ozytive

  1. Northern Lights and a Glass-Domed Igloo

SAARISELKÄ, FINLAND

Sure you could make your own igloo in your backyard… or you could trek north to really have a unique experience. While not exactly a traditional igloo, these glass-topped domes let you see the northern lights while snug in your bed. In fact, the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort has a whole host of unique getaways accommodation available. Prices range based on accommodations and time of year.

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Treehouses

Get off the ground, and into the trees! Staying in a treehouse is a breeze.

  1. Treesorting

Southern Oregon, United States
Out N’ About is a tree resort getaway in the Pacific Northwest. Among the obvious attraction of staying in a super-cool treehouse, guests have the opportunity to go participate in a variety of “Activitress” such as ziplining, hiking, horseback riding, and river rafting.

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  1. Spherical Bliss

Qualicum Beach, Canada

These handcrafted, gorgeous suspended spheres taken the idea of a treehouse to new heights. The Free Spirit Spheres let you sway into your blissed-out sleep.

photocredit: Free Spirit Spheres

Multiple Contributor

Phoebe Hodina is a marketing consultant from Evansville, Indiana, USA and is an avid hiker, biker, swimmer, runner, yogi and snowshoe aficionado, you could say that she has a passion for outdoor activities.

In her words: “I’ve been fortunate enough to travel around the world, and have biked major parts of North America. I will never say no to new adventures, and I’m happy to encourage other women to get out and try new things in the outdoors”.

19 thoughts on “7 Unique Getaways for Outdoor Adventurers

  • November 27, 2018 at 6:51 am
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    While I have been to Nordic countries, I never got a chance to sleep in an Igloo. Also, I loved the Afghani yurt. It looks so cool and the option to have both electricity and candles is a major plus for me.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 12:35 pm
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    Have never stayed in an igloo. And that is what I would be gunning for. The spherical bliss too seems interesting. A very nice collection of unusual stays.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 12:16 pm
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    Wow, what unique ways to stay somewhere
    I would loved to stay in a Yurt someday.

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  • November 24, 2018 at 6:59 am
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    I love those yurts and the tree houses. Never stayed in any of the ones that you have spoken about so I am quite excited to see this list of yours. Yurts are my favorite. I was in Bavaria recently but wasn’t aware of any yurt there. Next time for sure!

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  • November 24, 2018 at 1:39 am
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    Wow – I love all of these recommendations! As I read through them I kept thinking each one was my favorite and then I would reach the next on the list and change my mind again. The glass domes in Finland completely won me over though. To be able to see the Northern Lights from our bed would be magical. Thanks! Pinning for later!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 7:16 pm
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    You’ve given great recommendations! I think my top choice would be the beautiful yurt in Germany. It looks stunning, and I love how affordable it is. I have looked into the treehouse in Oregon before, and it hasn’t been on my bucket list. Those glass-domed igloos in Finland also caught my eye. So many options to choose from around the world! Great post! Saving for later!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 4:09 pm
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    I am torn between the glass igloos and round tree houses. Both look so unique but also representative of the environment the come from. I think SAARISELKÄ, FINLAND igloos would be the winner for me because I would watch northern lights from my bed. That would be amazing.

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  • November 23, 2018 at 12:03 pm
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    What a great collection of unusual accommodation choices and places to visit. I love the look of Yurts but would definitely want to find an option with a private bathroom attached, as most I’ve seen have shared bathrooms across a field somewhere. The igloos have a similar issue for me, but wow what an experience. I’ve stayed at the ice hotel in Sweden, so perhaps a somewhat related experience. The glass domed igloos at Saariselka have been on my list for a while, I love the look of those! And who doesn’t love treehouses, a nod back to our childhood dreams!

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  • November 23, 2018 at 7:53 am
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    You got some amazing suggestions here! I’ll be staying in an igloo this new year and can’t wait! That Glass-Domed Igloo looks magical too, especially when the northern lights are around. And seems like that Spherical Bliss indeed took the idea of a treehouse to new heights.

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  • March 18, 2017 at 10:57 am
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    Love this so much! I stayed in a yurt when I was in Mongolia and feel in love with it. So glad to see Yurts taking off around the world as a viable accommodation option. Though in all honesty I’d love to stay in the Spherical Bliss. Ah well a trip to Canada is needed.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 1:44 pm
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    I would love to stay in a tree house. That would be really cool. I love being outdoors and surrounded by nature so the adventure of zip lining etc would really suit me.
    I love places which are slightly different.

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  • March 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm
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    Wow! Loved all the options you give here! I hope I could stay one day in an Igloo, must be such an amazing experience! Also yurts look beautiful so It must be a difficult decision just to choose one!
    Thanks for sharing 😉

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  • March 16, 2017 at 4:13 am
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    I have always wanted to stay in a Yurt. These options all look so wonderful especially the Yurt on a quiet hill in France. Lately, I have been reading a lot about travels to Finland and these Glass-Domed Igloos look like the perfect option to watch the Northern Lights-and how romantic!

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  • March 16, 2017 at 2:44 am
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    This is my cup of tea if it comes to travels. I love the mix of adventure and novelty Plus I love camping. I only started camping when I had children and I would say it is a great way to make family holidays both adventures and memorable. Oh I just want to pack out bags now!! Thanks for sharing!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    I love this post! those igloos in Finland have been on my bucketlist for years already….I really wanna go, but it’s quite pricey! The yurts look amazing too. So romantic! And that round treehouse in Canada… I love it!

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  • March 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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    #1 is my kind of “outdoor” living 🙂 I am such a city girl and attempting anything outdoor-sie is not an option in my life. I just won’t do it, its not for me; however, #1 wow…I think you may have sold me. It’s beautiful and the price is amazing. #5, is something I have seen all over the net. Northern Lights is on my bucket list but we always imagine Iceland and everything that Iceland has to offer…but you are right, why not head to Finland. So many opportunities awaits us, I just hope I have the chance to do them. Thank you

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    • March 15, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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      Well the saying ‘variety is the spice of life’ might be true for you. You never know, you may just love the outdoors life more than you think if you give it a chance.

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  • March 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm
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    Have never seen those kind of places in Germany (where I’m from), wow! Really gotta check that out next time I’m back, whenever that is haha. Looks like really special experiences 🙂

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  • March 15, 2017 at 11:22 am
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    I love yurts and stayed in one too! Watching the northern lights thru the glass dome ceiling?? Wow!! I’d like to try that!!!

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