2021 Travel. The trips we will be embarking on first

Wednesday, 29th April 2020

Nichol Callaghan

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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. Just because we are staying at home, it doesn’t mean that we can’t be dreaming of where we will be travelling to in 2021.

Here, we share the trips we will be embarking on first, as soon as it’s safe for us to do so.

To tick off the ultimate bucket-list

Head to Iceland for the Orcas and Aurora trip (Spring Equinox 2021)…

This long weekend trip combines two wonders – close encounters with whales and seeing the aurora. The seasonal migration of herring along the coast of West Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula in March and April make this one of the best places for orca watching. Longer March days give better light for whale watching and increased aurora sightings around the spring equinox. Based in the peaceful town of Grundarfjordur, this small-group holiday led by award winning guides, puts you in prime position for two bucket list favourites.

Experience it yourself.

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To start the year as you mean to go on

Head to Sweden – The 31st Icehotel (December- March 2021)…

Make sure you start ticking off the bucket list early in 2021 with a trip to the 31st original Icehotel. Discover the World has already confirmed dates for its exclusive direct flight with five departures in 2021 taking you right to Kiruna from Heathrow in just 3.5 hours. Experience ‘sleeping on ice’ at the world’s coolest hotel, drink cocktails at the ice bar, try cross country skiing, husky sledding, ice sculpting and keep watch for the northern lights. After an unprecedented 2020, creative minds will be working overtime to come up with incredible new designs for the hotel which will open in mid-December 2020 ready for the 2021 season.

Experience it yourself.

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To explore somewhere a little closer to home

Embark on a voyage to Ireland (launch in 2021)…

This all-new Ireland’s West Coast trip begins in Dublin before embarking on a nautical adventure to uncover a fascinating history of Celts, Vikings, monks and Stone Age settlements while keeping watch for dolphins, whales, otters, puffins, gannets and other seabirds. There’s a visit to the spectacularly rugged Skellig Islands, home to a 6th century monastery, and time to explore the Giant’s Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy coastal hikes, and raise a glass of Irish whiskey at the Dingle Distillery.

Experience it yourself.

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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.

Experience it yourself.

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To really seize the moment

Head to Antarctica…

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 4th 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.

Experience it yourself.

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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.

Experience it yourself.

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To take a walk on the wild side

Head to Alaska…

For the ultimate immersion into the Alaskan wilderness, this 2-week self-drive holiday includes the rare chance to stay within the state’s most beautiful national parks. Fly into the heart of the vast Wrangell-St Elias National Park to visit the ghost town of Kennicott and marvel at the scale of the region’s glaciers and icefields. Spend 2 nights in Denali, with time available to explore this vast park and search for grizzly and black bears, wolves, caribou, moose and Dall sheep. And enjoy stunning views of the Pedersen Glacier from your log cabin as you stay at the only lodge within the Kenai Fjords National Park.

Experience it yourself.

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Feeling Inspired?

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