With the Winter blues taking their toll, why not plan a private jet getaway and seek out some lesser-known destinations that are only reached by private jet.
Book a jet to Svalbard
If remote island exploration is your thing there are many that offer an unusual twist. Why not venture to the world’s northernmost town, Longyearbyen, the only major settlement in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. With just over 2000 locals, this remote island retreat could be the perfect private jet escape from overcrowded city streets.
Here the streets have no names and you’re likely to spot a reindeer sauntering through town along one of them. Being this far north does mean one thing, months without sunlight in the winter months, but with the restaurant Huset redefining destination dining, Longyearbyen offers the perfect snug sanctuary from the cold. Here sample a tasting menu that includes mackerel, cod or lamb all sourced from the island or northern Norway.
Be sure to also try a selection from its famous wine cellar, which with over 20,000 bottles is one of Scandinavia’s finest. Amongst a buzzing atmosphere enjoy your Arctic feast in the Jacob Hansen-designed building replete with a polar bear skin hanging on the wall. Book a private jet to Svalbard Airport and experience the stunning Winter landscapes.
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Jet off to Islay
The UK has its own collection of spectacular islands with the Scottish Hebrides. One of these islands, Islay, is the home to one of Scotland’s favourite single malts, Lagavulin, and a journey to the distillery would be like a Willy Wonka golden ticket moment for any whisky fan.
Here see the distillers at work using unusual pear-shaped stills, and sample the famous product which mixes rich fruit and smoky flavours along with a touch of sea salt to deliver a rich, peaty taste. The island, known as the Queen of the Hebrides, also boasts a stunning landscape, and some interesting wildlife – from highland cows to sea eagles. Book your charter now to Islay Airport and experience this hidden gem.
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Hire a jet to Faroe Islands
And what goes better with a little tipple, but jazz? If music is your thing head to another archipelago, the Faroe Islands for its winter Jazz Festival at the end of January.
Halfway between Norway and Iceland, the islands are self-governing and part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and through the year visitors come to hike across their dramatic landscapes, fish in their waters and also spot local puffins amongst other fauna. The islands have a rich musical tradition, across all genres, and since the foundation of the islands’ jazz club in 1975 jazz has become a key component of the scene.
Noteworthy artists include Yggdrasil, a cross-national collaboration led by Kristian Blak, and Magnus Johannesen, best known for his lyrical playing and melodies. Fly into Vagar Airport on the Western part of this stunning archipelago.
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Fly to Ilulissat
Having welcomed dignitaries from Danish royals and politicians to the U.N.’s Ban Ki-moon, this hotel knows how to keep you in comfort as you take in a view like no other of magnificent icebergs in the world’s most Northern 4 star hotel. Get there directly by flying into Kangerlussuaq Airport and transferring on a turboprop to Ilulissat Airport.
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These remote destinations will certainly give you something to talk about when you return home, and their unique attributes and stunning landscapes are sure to trump stories of quick breaks along the more beaten track.