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Kings and Queens of the Natural World

Tuesday, 31st May 2022

Pam Forrest

fjord norway woman sitting on edge of trolltunga istk

As we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee this weekend, we’ve taken a light-hearted look at regal associations across our favourite destinations. From areas of natural beauty to striking land formations, manmade creativity to mistakenly named penguins. Read on to discover a flurry of royal references.

Queen Charlotte Sound

King penguins

The second largest penguin species, with vibrant orange flourishes about the head, beak and chest, king penguins were so named as they were once thought to be the largest species (until usurped by emperor penguins in 1884). Found only in the sub-Antarctic Islands, the largest rookeries are on South Georgia. The world’s only knighted king penguin resides at Edinburgh Zoo. Brigadier Sir Nils Olav was knighted by the King of Norway and holds the rank of Colonel-in-Chief in the Norwegian Guard.

Experience it yourself

Witness the vast king penguin colonies of South Georgia as well as visiting the Falkland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula on the Peninsula, Falklands and South Georgia voyage.

Norwegian fjords

Prince Edward Island

Anne of Green Gables’ fictional home is Canada’s smallest province on the Atlantic coast. With its rolling hills, sand dunes and rust-coloured beaches it the perfect place to kick back and relax. Connected to the mainland by 13km long Confederation Bridge, PEI as it is commonly referred, was named after Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn the fourth son of King George III and father of Queen Victoria.

Experience it yourself

Enjoy a leisurely journey around charming Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, following a circular route from Halifax on our 10-night Atlantic Discovery.

Kings Canyon


Surrounded by an oasis of wildflowers in Iceland‘s barren interior, this 1682m high tabletop mountain is fondly referred to as the ‘queen of mountains’ in Iceland. It stands shapely and proud in the middle of Odadahraun lava field and is a scenic stopping point for journeys from Myvatn to Askja caldera. The nature reserve at its foot, is where one of the Iceland’s most famous outlaws, Fjalla Eyvindur, is said to have taken refuge in the late 1700s.

Experience it yourself

Take a thrilling day tour into the Icelandic Highlands by Superjeep as part of our 4-night Adventure in North Iceland.

Prince William Sound

Icehotel Art Suite

Newly constructed for the Icehotel’s 32nd season, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is an art suite designed and built by Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden and his design partner Oscar Kylberg. Made from ice and snow and adorned with wildflowers this stylish suite captures the close relationship between Scandinavians and nature. Built in Icehotel365 in Swedish Lapland, this royal suite is available for guests to sleep on ice year round.

Experience it yourself

You can visit the Icehotel year round, but we recommend a winter experience on our 3-night Icehotel Break.

Feeling inspired?

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