Here at Discover the World, we champion the fight against the bland and predictable. We know that our clients are passionate and discerning travellers looking for authentic, exciting and meaningful experiences on holiday.
When we travel in a meaningful way, we gain a greater perspective on the world, develop greater empathy for people outside of our immediate circle and are left fuelled with a curiosity to understand more about cultures we have not yet experienced.
Inspiration, insight and innovation spearhead our approach to creating unique itineraries for all of our clients. We only feature destinations that we are genuinely passionate about – and have first-hand, in-depth knowledge of. Whilst we will recommend our favourite, tried-and-tested hotels and suggest itineraries that reveal the magic of a destination, any itinerary you see online can be completely tailored to suit you.
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As passionate travellers, we are committed to finding and implementing maintainable strategies that; protect fragile landscapes, minimise our carbon footprint, celebrate unique cultures and benefit local people. We understand that travelling is a privilege and we believe responsible travel is about finding the right balance between minimising our impact on the environment while never losing the ability to open minds through new experiences and interaction with cultures different from our own. Not only have our collective travel experiences given us a deep appreciation for the beautiful world we live in, but also the innate desire to protect it.
Meet Our Experts
Enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate about travel, our team of Travel Specialists know their destinations inside-out. There’s nothing like personal experience from someone who’s been to elevate your holiday out of the ordinary.
Our experts will listen to your interests, share their advice and will curate an itinerary that is unique to you.
One of our specialistsMeet Alex
5 Aurora with a full moon
5 Nordic film/TV locations visited
1 Icelandic canyon jumped off
One of our specialistsMeet Jo C
4 Arctic cruises
2 Antarctica cruises
20 Species of whales & dolphins seen
One of our specialistsMeet Eric
10 Visits to Iceland
3 Favourite Canadian lakes
5 Successful whale watching trips
One of our specialistsMeet Bruno
8 Out of 10 northern lights success
27 Years since first visited Iceland
15 Visits to Iceland
One of our specialistsMeet Kim
4 Countries seen northern lights in
1 Nordic inspired fashion label
3 Decades visiting Iceland
One of our specialistsMeet Doug
2 Polar plunges
7 Continents set foot in
8 Canada provinces visited
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Made to order, bespoke, custom-made, unique to you. That’s what our tailor made approach means. Think of us as a personal planning service, whether you know exactly where you want to go or are after a bit of inspiration. Our team is on hand to help you plan your trip, offering ideas and recommendations, as well as making the arrangements for every aspect of your holiday.
All of our collection of holiday destinations and suggested itineraries online can be adapted to you and will ensure you get the most out of your time away.
We are not a small, inexperienced tour operator. Nor are we too big and impersonal. We are a dedicated Travel Specialist, who puts our heart and soul into creating an unforgettable holiday for you and have been doing so for nearly four decades.
1983 – Arctic Experience founded
Originally known as Arctic Experience, we’re the first operator to focus on promoting the Nordic region as a winter destination for anything other than skiing or city breaks.
1986 – the volcano hotline
We establish the first-ever trips to view Iceland’s volcanic eruptions. Through our Volcano Hotline we continue to inform clients of potential trips to view the latest eruptions.
1988 – Nature’s thrill rides
We launch wildlife holidays around the world, under the name Discover the World. Adventures include bear watching, Polar cruises and pioneering whale watch tours in Iceland.
1988 – Education matters
The Living Planet education programme is launched taking education into the world’s greatest outdoor classroom with the first commercial group geography trips to Iceland for UK schools.
1998 – Seeing the light
We operate the first northern lights holidays in the Nordic region – way before aurora hunting came into the limelight.
2001 – Pole to Pole & New Zealand
We introduce dedicated new programmes for tailor made travel to New Zealand and a comprehensive collection of voyages to the Polar regions.
2002 – Rebranding Discover the World
Arctic Experience becomes Discover the World to reflect our expanding portfolio of destinations. We retain the Arctic tern in our new logo, a unique bird that undertakes a 50,000 mile migration each year.
2006 – #Iceflight to Icehotel
We launch exclusive charter flights direct from Heathrow to Kiruna – still the quickest, most comfortable way to reach the Icehotel.
2009 – Introducing North America
Canada and Alaska are added to our portfolio, offering tailor made holidays and wildlife encounters.
2010 – Total peace of mind
Following the Eyjafjallajokull eruption, we launched a unique 100% Guarantee, becoming the first operator to offer a travel disruption charter.
2014 – iDiscover app launched
We launch a digital app for our clients in Iceland, making our years of expertise and knowledge available on demand. This is now available for all of our destinations.
2019 – British Travel Awards
We win the Silver award for Best Specialist Interest Holiday Company, taking our total to 16 British Travel Awards won since 2012. 5 Gold, 4 Silver and 7 Bronze.
2020 – Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award
We’re delighted to be awarded Feefo’s independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, rated by real customers.
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Quite simply, our unique 100% guarantee means that we promise to protect you, your family, your holiday and your finances.
- Our Flexibility Promise allows you to change your plans up to 7 days prior to departure, subject to availability. This includes moving your travel dates and changing destination.
- Our Travel Disruption team is on hand 24/7 should you need us
- We ensure you never, ever have any surcharges to pay. Whatever happens to sterling, oil prices, and taxes anywhere in the world, it will not affect the cost of your holiday.
Booking with Discover the World will ensure that you experience a quality, value-for-money holiday with financial and consumer protection and the assurance that you will be looked after every step of the way. You’ll be in safe, experienced hands.
Independent Service Rating based on 84 verified reviewsRead all reviews
Excellent holiday, amazing experience and helpful thoughtful staff
Easy to book, helpful online team for any queries and excellent reps on the holiday. Maddie and Emma were superb
Customer - 2 weeks ago
Helpful and efficient.Good package - all worked very smoothly
Excellent - useful information upfront. Easy to get hold of and quick to respond putting together a package. Hotels and car hire all good.
Customer - 1 month ago
Efficient & knowledgeable
Fast & efficient turnaround of last minute travel booking
Mr Swan - 2 months ago
We had an amazing experience with Discover the World. Everything was perfectly organised and all staff friendly and helpful when we had questions. Would definitely recommend!
Customer - 2 months ago
Definitely a company that I will be using again!
Fantastic service given at all times from making the initial enquiry over the phone to arriving at the airport and subsequently resort. All staff friendly, knowledgeable and cared! Nothing was too much trouble and I was constantly kept up to date throughout the whole booking process. The staff at resort…
Mrs Chapman - 5 months ago