Where to go When – Travel Guide by Month

Monday, 18th January 2021

Pam Forrest

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Where shall we travel next? While 2021 has not so far offered the usual blank canvas of possibilities, we can still get excited about travelling again later this year and next. We’ve compiled our recommendations of where to travel in a month-by-month guide.

Read on for ideas and inspiration…

January

Polar night in Finnish Lapland

Travel above the Arctic Circle and enter the mystical realm of the polar night, known as Kaamos in Finland. Hues of blue and purple illuminate the snowy landscapes and skies offer the potential of the aurora.

Coated under thick blankets of snow traditional log cabins with open fires and saunas provide a cosy place to stay from which you can go husky sledding, snowmobiling or aurora hunting.

Browse our winter breaks in Finnish Lapland »

Experience a winter sunset over the taiga forest on a Finland holiday

February

Winter escapes in Sweden

Head to Lulea in Swedish Lapland for a romantic getaway and combine adventure, indulgence and the aurora. Enjoy award-winning cuisine and stay in amazing accommodation including cosy lodges, the Arctic Bath and Treehotel.

Long nights and countryside locations away from light pollution maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights.

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March

Road trips in New Zealand

Early autumn down under heralds quieter months in New Zealand, ideal for hiking spectacular trails, touring wineries glowing with autumn colour and enjoying a self-drive through incredible scenery. Take in iconic experiences such a cruise on Milford Sound, whale watching in Kaikoura or journey across South Island on the TranzAlpine railway enjoying the ochre hues of autumn.

Let us tailor make a route just for you or browse our recommended itineraries »

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April

Whale sharks in Australia

April is perhaps the pick of the autumnal months in Australia particularly in the south and west. Warm and sunny days are ideal for exploring, it is the start of the dry season in the tropical north making it easier to access remote locations and whale sharks return to Ningaloo in Western Australia. Take to the open road on an epic road trip following spectacular coastlines and encounter the country’s famous wildlife.

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May

Fjords and blossom in Norway

Long days make this the perfect time for a leisurely self-drive holiday in Norway. Wind your way through mesmerising mountains as fjord-side orchards become smothered with cherry and apple blossom.

Sheer-sided cliffs plunge into indigo waters and rolling valleys carry rivers and wildlife down to the water’s edge. Best explored at your own pace, a self-drive is the ideal way to take in these picture perfect natural wonders.

Browse our self drive holidays in Norway »

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June

Midnight sun in Iceland

Make the most of your time in Iceland under the magical glow of the midnight sun. Enjoy a self-drive adventure along scenic routes, go hiking in the spectacular interior and encounter whales offshore. Take a day off from driving and join a 4WD Superjeep tour to experience the rugged Highlands.

After day spent exploring the long, light evenings are perfect for relaxing in outdoor hot tubs that are a feature of many hotels and private properties available to rent.

Browse our summer self drives in Iceland »

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July

Polar bears in Svalbard

Summer is the perfect time for a wildlife cruise in majestic Svalbard. There’s a better chance to circumnavigate Spitsbergen. See bustling seabird colonies and prowling polar bears.

As an alternative to an expedition cruise, you can choose to stay in the main settlement of Longyearbyen where a wide range of summer activities are available, such as boat safaris, hiking, kayaking, glacier walks and even dog sledding on wheels.

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August

Icebergs in Greenland

Discover the dramatic Greenland coastline in the height of summer. The tundra is in flower, whales are feeding and icebergs are awe-inspiring. Join an in-depth small-ship voyage along the East, South and West coasts.

Explore remote settlements, learn about Inuit culture and discover a rich Viking heritage. Marvel at extraordinary land and seascapes from ice-choked fjords to sweeping glaciers and keep a look out for whales, seals and seabirds.

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September

Bears and fall colours in Canada

Autumn offers mild days in Canada as well as vivid fall colours and fewer crowds. On the Pacific coast, Canada’s grizzlies feast on salmon and from October, polar bears start to gather near Churchill, Manitoba. Combine a bear watching adventure with a leisurely self drive through the Rockies. Soak up a wealth of scenic highlights in eastern Canada adorned in fall colours and immerse yourself in the coastal charm of the Maritimes.

Let us tailor make your holiday or browse our recommended itineraries »

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October

Aurora in Iceland

Spend your days exploring volcanic landscapes and abundant waterfalls and evenings in search of the northern lights in Iceland. Visit around the autumn equinox and stay in a countryside hotel to maximise your chances of seeing the aurora. During October the weather tends to be more stable and you have the choice of a self-drive break or joining a small-group escorted holiday. We recommend countryside hotels that offer an aurora wake-up service as well as fine-dining and access to outdoor hot tubs.

Browse our autumn holidays in Iceland »

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November

Solar eclipse in Antarctica

Experience the incredible wildlife, history and scenery of Antarctica in summer. Penguin colonies are full of nesting birds and hatching chicks, plus 2021 offers the added bonus of seeing a solar eclipse!

Take in the wildlife-rich landscapes of South Georgia, the dramatic history of the Falklands and the spellbinding Antarctic Peninsula.

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December

Sleep on ice in Swedish Lapland

Stay at the original Icehotel in Swedish Lapland for a magical white Christmas and New Year. Combine with nearby Abisko National Park, one of the best places in the world for seeing the aurora borealis.

The world famous Icehotel is rebuilt each year and opens its doors in mid-December. As well as the extraordinary experience of sleeping on ice, you’ll marvel at glistening ice sculptures, enjoy fine dining and have the chance to take part in a host of winter activities. If you’re lucky the northern lights may appear above the Icehotel, but for optimal aurora opportunities, include a night at Abisko Mountain Station.

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Plan your adventure

Our team of Travel Specialists know our destinations inside out and will share personal experience of why certain times of year suit different destinations. Call on 01737 214 250 or send an enquiry to start the conversation.

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