Igloo Expedition in the Alps
We are using this activity for our winter ECO-CHALLENGE!
We are strong believers in sustainable tourism and have teamed up with Tourism Concern, a charity actively promoting ethical tourism and campaigning against unscrupulous travel organisations. For every group who successfully build and survive the night in an igloo on the igloo expedition, we will be giving 50€ to Tourism Concern to support the great work they do.
We chose this activity to promote activities outside of ski resorts to help develop a broader and more environmentally friendly tourism economy than the ski industry. It is also an activity that uses natural resources and survival skills so participants really feel in touch with nature and can appreciate the magnificent alpine environment.
You can book this activity as part of any of our winter activity holidays or ask us to tailor make you a special trip with the Eco-Challenge Igloo expedition included.
Here’s how the adventure unfolds in the Alps :
After packing up everything you need for the expedition, your expert guide will take you snowshoeing through the tranquil snow covered wilderness, past stunning scenery to a remote spot perfect for igloo building.
Snowshoeing is like walking with bandy legs but it saves you falling thigh deep in snow every five minutes ! As such it is a little more physical than normal walking but allows you access to the otherwise inaccessible, stunning winter wildernesses.
There are surprisingly lots of animals living in these seemingly inhospitable zones and your guide (experts at transforming tiny black dots into frolicking chamois through binoculars) will help you to spot where they are hiding out.
After a lunch and photo stop, your next mission begins… Usually you only build an igloo in an emergency, but today you will be searching for a suitable site to build one voluntarily ! There are various techniques for building igloos – all dependent on snow conditions - you wouldn’t believe how many different types of snow there are !
Your guide will help you identify good and bad igloo building conditions and will make sure your construction is safe for you to sleep in before you settle in for the night !
Check out our top Igloo building tips ! Once built, you can change out of your sweaty clothes (it is quite hard work building !), relax and wrap up for the night !
In an ideal world we choose an igloo location near to a winter cabin where we can cook and sit together in relative comfort for the evening. Otherwise it is a camp fire (if possible) and a quick meal cooked outside - a very special experience !
After a dinner under the stars, you will be glad of a warm sleeping bag to snuggle up in for the night ! The next day you'll wake up in truly unique surroundings and after enjoying an 'al fresco' breakfast, you will say goodbye to your home for the night and set off back to civilisation !