The Best Places To Visit In Autumn

Sunday, 31st May 2020

Alex Minnis

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From remote islands, glaciers and tranquil fjords, to ways to catch the start of aurora and whale watching season we name our top trips to take in autumn. The lazy days of summer are starting to end, but as the seasonal colours change and the light conditions improve autumn is the time for new adventures, whether you are looking for a short break or a week long trip.

Read on for the top places to visit in Autumn 2020/21.

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Why not rent a private house in the West of Iceland?

The West Iceland Escape at Glacier Lodge trip offers a stay at a three bedroomed cottage which is exclusive to Discover the World and available year-round. Glacier Lodge offers outstanding views of the dormant Snaefellsjökull volcano and is a great-value option for families or friends. Step straight outside into superb walking country with coastal and mountain walks in Snaefellsnes National Park. Guests can also enjoy day trips around the Golden Circle, the lava fields around Budir and puffin tours and horse riding opportunities are also within striking distance.

Price: 3x nights in September are available from £492pp based on a group of two sharing Glacier Lodge on a self-catering basis and including car rental and use of the iDiscover digital guide excluding flights which are typically from £120pp.

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Why not embark on a self-drive trip to get under the skin of the country?

Our four-night Northern Lights, Glaciers and Waterfalls trip combines a night in Reykjavik or the south coast with three nights at Hotel Husafell in the remote landscape of Borgarfjordur, just 90 minutes northeast of the capital.

The hotel’s rural location not only offers an array of scenic countryside hikes- with trails leading to forests, lava formations, rivers and glaciers- but also highly increases the chance of aurora sightings thanks to its clear skies and lack of artificial light pollution.

Price: 4x nights during October and November are available at an exclusive ‘stay 3 pay 2 rate’ from £527pp based on two sharing accommodation on a B&B basis, including 5x days car rental. Flights are available typically from an additional £120pp.

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Faroe Islands

Why not treat yourself to remote gourmet dining and a tiny but colourful capital?

The Faroese capital Torshavn has a population of just 13k. Although tiny the colourful town packs a punch for birdwatchers, hikers and even gourmands with one of the world’s most remote Michelin two starred restaurants, KOKS, located just outside the capital. In Torshavn itself must dos include visiting the old part of the town called Tinganes for rustic turf-roofed cottages and the historic red stone and timber buildings. Optional excursions include trips to the other islands visiting picturesque villages along the way or birders may wish to visit the Island of Mykines or take a boat trip to the Vestmanna bird cliffs.

In addition, James Bond fans will see the destination hit the big screens with the release of No Time to Die, expected in November where it stars as one of the main locations rumored to be Safin’s lair (the villain played by Rami Malek).

Price: 3xnights are available from £280pp based on two sharing on a B&B basis (and from £619 including flights via Copenhagen).

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Why not experience the amazing Icehotel against the colours of autumn?

The Icehotel is quite simply one of the most unique and spectacular places in the world to spend the night. Located in Jukkasjarvi, a peaceful village in Swedish Lapland, 200km north of the Arctic Circle and surrounded by fells and forests, this is a hotel of ingenuity and artist flair. Autumn here is a magical time when the countryside glows with vibrant hues of red and gold, while the nights are spent in anticipation of the northern lights.

Relax in the sauna, enjoy mouth-watering Swedish cuisine and choose from a range of activities or opt to hire a car and explore at leisure.

Price: 3x nights in October are available from £701pp based on return flights from the UK and staying in warm accommodation with breakfast. You can choose to upgrade to an Art Suite or Deluxe suite.

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Why not chase the aurora across majestic fjords?

If the spectacular and wild coastal scenery in the latest BBC Scandi noir drama, Twin, have put sheer cliffs and vast lakes at the top of your bucket list, then the self-drive Lofoten and the Northern Lights trip will appeal.

Autumn is a great time to experience the swift changes in weather which provide magnificent light conditions coupled with dramatic, awe-inspiring scenery. On this self- drive holiday see the peaked mountains and tranquil fjords as they form a stunning backdrop to an already perfect setting of isles, inlets and quaint fishing villages. When night falls there is a chance to see the Northern Lights and by day the chance to discover Viking history, arts and crafts as well as go kayaking in the sheltered fjords under the watchful eye of majestic sea eagles or take a whale watching trip from Andenes on the island of Andoy.

Price: 6x nights available from £1,065pp based on two sharing on a B&B basis, including car rental and return flights with departures offered during October and November 2020.

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Why not explore one of the last frontiers of the modern world?

Locked in by pack ice for most of the year, East Greenland is one of the last frontiers of the modern world. Virtually the only populated area on the vast east coast, the district of Ammassalik (encompassing Tasiilaq and Kulusuk) is a two-hour flight from Reykjavik.

After a night in Reykjavik transfer to East Greenland and stay for two or three nights (either staying in Tasiilaq or Kulusuk or combining both) amidst stunning scenery with spectacular views over fjords and mountains. Highlights include walks through unspoiled wilderness, the town of Tasiilaq with its colourful houses dotted over the hillside and a visit to the Tasiilaq Museum to find out more about this region’s rich heritage.

Price: 4x nights available from £619pp based on two sharing on a B&B basis for two nights in Reykjavik and full board basis in Greenland for two nights, including excursions and transfers with departures offered during September 2020. There is the option to extend the trip to 5x nights to include one night in Tasiilaq, one of the smaller Inuit settlements which will also include two short helicopter flights to and from Kulusuk – this trip is priced from £1114 per person with inclusions as above. Flights via Reykjavik to Greenland from £965 per person.

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Feeling Inspired?

Talk to one of our Travel Specialists to discuss your autumn adventure. Call on 01737 214 250 or enquire online.

You can book with confidence with our Flexibility Promise. This flexibility includes the ability to move travel dates, change to a different destination or even transferring a holiday to someone else. And, if Discover the World should be forced to cancel your holiday due to travel restriction, there will be the option to rearrange your dates or request a full refund.

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