2021 inspiring travel adventures we can’t wait to take

Thursday, 26th November 2020

Pam Forrest

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We don’t know about you but with every day of social distancing and restricted travel that passes, our wanderlust grows ever stronger. We may not be able to travel around the globe freely just yet, but the situation is looking promising for the future.

Here, we share a range of exciting trips and travel experiences for 2021.

To take the ultimate road trip

Head to Iceland on an off the beaten track adventure…

Iceland’s dramatic and sparsely populated landscapes will likely have even more appeal next year and two new driving routes, The Westfjords Way and the Diamond Circle, open up some of the country’s lesser explored regions.

A new tunnel through Dýrafjörður fjord in the Westfjords opened in October 2020, helping to establish the new The Westfjords Way, a 950 km circular drive which threads through one of Iceland’s most remote regions. The tunnel links the northern and southern parts of the region making it far more accessible.

The Diamond Circle driving route was officially launched in September, establishing a 250km circuit in the Iceland’s north east. Showcasing five key destinations – Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi canyon and Húsavík, the whale capital of Iceland – this route also takes in hidden treasures such as the Tjörnes peninsula, the lush valley of Hólmatungur and the circular explosion crater Hverfjall.

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To appreciate the Nordic lifestyle

Head to Swedish Lapland (August – October 2021)…

Food plays a big part in this trip to Swedish Lapland with late summer/autumn departures with outdoor activities interspersed with breaks for traditional Fika and dining experiences including foraging for forest food with a local culinary guide. Based in the Lulea region of Swedish Lapland, this trip combines stays at characterful lodges and the Sapmi Nature Camp with forest bathing, hikes with huskies, Swedish saunas, handicraft workshops with local artisans, river swims and an evening astronomy lesson as well as aurora walks. And if you’re travelling solo there is NO single supplement.

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To explore the edge of the inhabited world

Head to West Greenland with Ben Fogle (18 August 2021)…

Join our one-off small ship cruise in the company of adventurer Ben Fogle. Travelling in the height of summer, the timing is perfect for maximising exploration and wildlife encounters with the vessel able to cruise through narrow fjords, past small settlements, glaciers, and mountain peaks.

On board the M/V Ocean Atlantic spend six days exploring the west coast on daily zodiac adventures and shore landings whilst on board enjoy talks and Q&A sessions with Ben. Take a tour of colourful Sisimiut, Greenland’s second largest town, learn about Inuit culture enjoying traditional ‘Kaffemik’ in the town of Qeqertarsuaq and marvel at the giant icebergs flowing through Ilulissat’s UNESCO-protected ice fjord.

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To explore somewhere a little closer to home

Embark on a voyage around the British Isles…

This new small ship cruise follows a route from Plymouth around the Scilly Isles and Ireland’s east coast before touching on the mountains of Snowdonia and along Scotland’s west coast to the Outer Hebrides. This is a nautical adventure that combines fascinating history with a wealth of marine and birdlife. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, Conwy Castle, Skara Brae on the Orkney Islands and the historic Shetlands before cruising through the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh where the voyage ends.

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To really seize the moment

Head to Antarctica to witness a solar eclipse…

If there’s ever been a ‘seize the moment’ opportunity when it comes to booking a voyage to Antarctica, to experience a total eclipse from the unique perspective of a polar expedition ship must be it. The eclipse will take place over the Southern Ocean during the early morning of Friday 4 December 2021. Choose from a variety of ships and trip duration making this once in a lifetime voyage, departing in late November. Most will also visit the Falklands and South Georgia, as well as explore the Antarctic Peninsula. Special guest lecturers on the ships will provide unique insight such as David Baron, author of “American Eclipse,” who is known for his hugely popular Ted Talk: “You owe it to yourself to experience a total solar eclipse.” 2021 also marks 60 years since the Antarctic Treaty entered into force.

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To take a walk on the wild side

Head to Alaska and the Yukon…

2021 is the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Yukon’s Bonanza Creek, which spawned the famous Klondike goldrush. For the ultimate immersion into the North American wilderness, take a 2-week self-drive holiday combining Canada’s Yukon province with USA’s Last Frontier state, Alaska. Explore huge and spectacular wilderness areas offering plenty of outdoor adventure opportunities and pure air to breath. Drive the incredibly scenic Top of the World Highway, encounter marine wildlife in the Kenai Fjords, and marvel at North America’s highest peak, Denali.

In addition, travel during August and enjoy the numerous events being planned to celebrate the anniversary.

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Top of the World Highway

To follow in 007's footsteps

Head to the Faroe Islands…

Kalsoy Island in The Faroes takes a starring role in the much anticipated James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ now due to be released in spring 2021. The island in the northern part of the archipelago is renowned for its untouched nature, sheer cliffs, dramatic mountains and winding roads. Bond fanatics looking to travel in 007s footsteps can take a self-drive to explore Kalsoy and the Faroes other islands at leisure. Uncover Viking history in Tórshavn, visit the ancient turf-roofed farmhouse at Kirkjubour and trek some truly scenic hiking trails.

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To get up close and personal with bears

Head to Canada…

Now is the ideal time to start planning a trip to see bears feeding on salmon on Canada’s Pacific Coast – bear viewing lodges sell out well in advance for the peak month of September, when the salmon spawn, so get in now for 2021 to avoid disappointment. There is a 100% success rate for bear spotting on the Grizzly Bear Adventure at Knight Islet trip in autumn. Knight Inlet is a spectacular fjord carved by glaciers in British Columbia’s coastal mountains and a memorable stay at Knight Inlet Lodge offers a chance to see these fascinating animals in their natural habitat.

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