Oman Desert Marathon
©Dino Bonelli

Beyond the marathon

The rise of the ‘ultra’ challenge: a 165km race through the Oman desert

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas
A descent from one of the monasteries on the road through the Spiti Valley
©Will Hide

Don’t look down: India’s Spiti Valley

Will Hide takes a self-drive tour along ‘the most treacherous road in the world’

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' newest vessel, Anthem of the Seas, arrives into Southampton early this morning. The state of the art ship is 348m long, 41m wide and has 16 guest decks capable of carrying 4,000 passengers. She will spend the summer sailing from the port before transferring to New York. Picture date Wednesday 15th April, 2015. Picture by Christopher Ison. Contact +447544 044177
©Christopher Ison

On board but far from bored

A new mega-ship offers simulated skydiving, surfing and endless fun — can Lucy stand the pace?

Eagle hunter Tugelbaya readies his bird for release
©Mike Carter

The eagle hunters of Mongolia

On a pioneering trip to a remote corner of Mongolia, Mike Carter stays with a nomadic family who hunt with birds of prey

The ship True North and its helicopter
©Ken Kochey

Exploring the Solomon Sea

The islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea receive few visitors but a luxury cruiser, complete with helicopter, now allows adventurers to explore

View of the Matterhorn’s north face
©Alex Messenger

Tragedy and triumph on the Matterhorn

The first ascent ended in disaster but propelled mountaineering into the public imagination. As Switzerland readies for the 150th anniversary, Ed Douglas tackles the summit

On location: ‘Wild’

Despite the film’s starry line-up, the main protagonist is the North American wilderness

Ten of the best remote retreats

Travellers in search of silence and space can choose from a growing number of secluded — but still stylish — hotels

The Jāmé Mosque in Isfahan, Iran.
©Christophe Boisvieux/

Iran — by luxury train

As more tourists return to the country, a new rail service lets visitors explore in style

Passengers on the deck of the Akademik Ioffe
©Peter & Beverly Pickford

Sailing the Canadian Arctic

Sought in vain by generations of explorers, the Northwest Passage is now drawing growing numbers of adventure-hungry cruisers. Nigel Tisdall reports

Ski-touring on Greenland’s west coast

Leaving the crowded pistes of the Alps far behind, Will Hide joins a voyage exploring remote fjords and skiing on untouched mountains

Italy’s most dramatic trek

Hidden among the sea cliffs of Sardinia, the Wild Blue is the perfect autumn adventure. By Mike Carter

Riding Harleys in Andalucía

New tours from motorbike maker Harley-Davidson offer the chance to live out ‘Easy Rider’ fantasies

Great Drives: discovering Albania

A new tour operator lets visitors explore the country’s mountains from behind the wheel of a 4x4

A sub-Arctic cruise via Russia’s Kamchatka

A new expedition takes in little-explored territories in the North Pacific on its way from Japan to Alaska

Pack-rafting in Montana

Light enough to fit in a rucksack, pack-rafts have blurred the line between hiking and boating

Turkmenistan: of deserts and despots

Horatio Clare ventures into the central Asian nation, where a Silk Road past meets a post-Soviet future

Sea sailing for beginners

John Sunyer joins the maiden voyage of a company that lets even complete novices take to the ocean

Great Walks: Manaslu, Nepal

As Himalayan treks get busier, Stephen Venables finds peace among the waterfalls and wildflowers that surround the world’s eighth-highest peak

Fun with a ‘fatbike’

A new type of mountain bike is broadening the horizons of adventurous cyclists. Tim Neville puts a ‘fatbike’ to the test along the beaches and byways of Oregon


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