Guide Profile: Cathy Harlow

Thursday, 5th February 2015

Destination Specialist

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Cathy Harlow has worked with us as a guide for over 30 years – leading our Orcas and Auroras and Hiking in East Greenland holidays. She was also Highly Commended in the Wanderlust World Guide Awards in 2013 and 2014.

How long have you been a guide, and how did you get into it?

After training as a guide in Iceland in 1986, I began working for Discover the World in 1988. In 1994 I spent time in Australia and trained as a guide in the tropical rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, branching out into guiding wildlife tours in Dominica, The Bahamas, Madagascar, Florida and Sri Lanka.

What is/are your area of specialism(s)

As a guide, you need to have a range of skills and be knowledgeable on many subjects – you never know what questions you’ll get asked! My passion for orcas began while guiding on whale watching boats for three winters in northern Norway but I’m also into birds, plants, geology and the history and culture of the areas I guide in.

Do you have a favourite destination or area to guide holidays in?

Being fluent in the language, I am most at home in Iceland but I like to focus on the ‘now’ and I get enthusiastic about wherever I’m guiding at the time.

Why do you think people should consider going on an escorted holiday if they haven’t travelled in a group before?

Particularly on short breaks, a guided trip keeps you motivated to make the most of your holiday time and pack in a huge variety of amazing experiences.

Please describe yourself in three words

Positive, passionate and patient.

“Having been in business since the sixties I am well able to recognise a gem and you surely have the finest in your industry; yes of course – Cathy Harlow. Simply a pleasure to be in her company while she imparted such deep and interesting Icelandic knowledge.”
Mr Bakewell, Iceland escorted holiday

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