Cloud 9 | Travel Magazine | March 2013


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Issue two is full of ideas for escapes between May and September in Iceland, Norway and Greenland as well as go-slow in New Zealand and 9 great adventures.

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Cloud 9 | Travel Magazine | March 2013

  1. 1. 1 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 cloud9Inspiration for unforgettable holidays | March 2013 ICELAND • POLAR • AUSTRALIA • SWEDEN • NEW ZEALAND • CANADA • FINLAND • ALASKA • NORWAY new-look, interactive digital edition win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter
  2. 2. 2 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 inside 3 WINDOW SEAT Don’t worry if you missed the northern lights — the forecast is just as bright for the end of 2013 4 iceland From 3 nights to 49, we’ve got Europe’s best self-drive destination covered 6 GREAT ADVENTURES Take action in our pick of the 9 best adventures, from Alaska to Tasmania 8 GREENLAND Explore the fertile fringes of this spectacular island: a summer treat of hiking, boat trips and culture 10 NZ SOUTH ISLAND A guide to our unique ‘module’ approach to ‘travel less, see more’ 12 NORWEGIAN FJORDS We’ve developed the perfect weeklong self-drive itinerary. Click it and see interactive How to get the most from this digital edition of Cloud 9 Seeing red? Give it a click or a tap to explore more. Throughout Cloud 9 you’ll find links to our website, pop-up image galleries and further info panels, video clips and opportunities to enter competitions and share with friends. William Gray, Editor After last year’s wet summer in the UK, followed by a winter that outstayed its welcome, it’s probably fair to say that we all deserve a holiday! This issue of Cloud 9 is full of ideas for great escapes between May and September, including no less than 24 self-drive itineraries in Iceland (which, incidentally, had far better weather than we did last year). This is also a wonderful time of year for exploring the Norwegian Fjords on a relaxed self-drive holiday. If you fancy something more adventurous, though, nothing will give you a warmer glow of satisfaction than a summer hiking trip in Greenland... COVERARTWORK:LIZLUNNON
  3. 3. See the aurora from Iceland’s new Hotel ION Book your place on selected Antarctic Peninsula Fly-In voyages now and receive a FREE three- night extension to Chile’s spectacular Atacama Desert! Combine a visit to see the glaciers, icebergs and penguins of Antarctica with the geysers, salt flats and flamingoes of Atacama: two of the world’s wildest wonders. 8 3Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ The show goes on as NASA predicts a ‘double peak’ for the northern lights aurora encore window seat GilesChristopher/mediawisdom Just when we all thought we’d had more than our fair share of glorious aurora borealis sightings, those lovely people at NASA are now predicting a second helping. According to scientists, “It seems likely that the end of 2013 could be a lot livelier than the beginning”, with another solar max (the activity that fuels the aurora) forecast for 2015. Such is the expected demand for northern lights holidays that Discover the World has launched its programme of 2013/14 trips early. Click here to see our range of northern lights holidays win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter FREE! Trip to Atacama Click here to find out more about this exclusive offer CLIVESTACEY
  4. 4. Click here for photo gallery S ome countries are simply crying out for a self-drive holiday. Empty roads, epic landscapes, intriguing routes and come-and-get-me horizons all conspire to form the perfect road trip. But if we had to pick our ‘Bugatti Veyron’ of self-drive destinations, it would be hard not to put Iceland in pole position. You only have to look at a map of Iceland to feel your pulse start revving. Not only has it got a ring road (so you can drive full circle), but it’s riddled with shorter circuits and — for those who like more of a challenge — some spectacular 4WD routes into the interior. Prime time for Iceland self-drives is June-August, but availability goes fast during this peak season, so start planning now! Don’t forget that May and September are also perfect months for hitting the road. May has long hours of daylight, wild flowers and bustling seabird colonies, while in September the Highland tracks are usually still open and you can enjoy breathtaking autumn colours and even a possibility of spotting the northern lights. drive of your life Start planning: Click any of our 24 self-drive itineraries to find out more RAGNARTHSIGURDSSON/ARCTIC-IMAGES.COM 4 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 here to find out more about our Iceland self-drive holidays Click From a three-night short break to a 50-day odyssey, Discover the World is King of the Road when it comes to Iceland self-drives
  5. 5. 8 5Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ NIGHTS 3-7 4 4 4 6 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 9 11 11 14 14 14 14 16 49NIGHTSNIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTSNIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTSNIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTSNIGHTSNIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS NIGHTS West Iceland Escape Reykjavik Explorer Romantic Retreat Southern Explorer Arctic Edge East Fjords Retreat Essential Iceland Iceland Connoisseur Journey to the Centre of the Earth Northern Highlights Southern Highlights The Icelandic Way Birding in Iceland Volcano Explorer: Fire, Ice & Adventure Best of the West National Parks & Natural Wonders Family Highland Adventure Natural Iceland Farmstays 4WD Adventure Fly, Drive & Hike Around Iceland Wild Iceland Iceland Odyssey Around Iceland in 50 Days
  6. 6. 2Rimu Adventure, New Zealand This all-action 14-day group adventure includes snorkelling with seals, sea kayaking, mountain biking and spectacular South Island hikes. 6Yukon Explorer, Canada Few self-drives are more epic than this eight-night sojourn through Gold Rush country and north towards the Arctic along the Dempster Highway. 1Iceland: Activities from Reykjavík Welcome to Iceland: Europe’s ultimate adventure playground. Imagine diving in the crystal clear waters of the Silfra fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Or shooting the rapids on the Hvita River. How about a spot of glacier hiking, quad biking, snowmobiling or caving? These, and many other adventures, can easily be included in any of our Iceland tailor-made holidays. GREATADVENTURES 9 OF THE BEST 6 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 Visit website Visit website Visit website
  7. 7. Click here for photo gallery 8 7Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ 3Natural Wonders, Alaska Bushplane flights, glacier cruises and rainforest hikes get you to the heart of Alaska’s magnificent national parks on this two-week adventure. 8Sea kayaking, Arctic & Antarctica Paddling at the poles is an amazing experience, drifting past icebergs and getting eye-to-eye with wildlife. Try it on one of our polar voyages. 5Adventure Week, Finland Explore Finnish Lapland during summer when you will get the chance to ride quad bikes through taiga forest and canoe across pristine lakes. 7Wilderness Husky Adventure, Sweden Mush your own team of huskies through the Lapland wilderness, sleep in a rustic lodge, and snowmobile to the ICEHOTEL for a night. 4Family Highland Adventure, Iceland This fabulous 11-night self drive is an adventure in itself, but you can add lots of activities to spice it up further – from horse riding to glacier hiking. 9Tasmania’s Forgotten Coast Immerse yourself in Tassie’s wilderness on this 10-day small-group tour, delving into Cradle Mountain, Freycinet and the little-visited Tarkine. Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website
  8. 8. 8 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 greenland a perfect summer’s day in O ur boat weaved through the iceberg- strewn fjord, its wake chuckling among the silent hulks of cerulean-blue ice. The sun was warm on my face; our jackets lay discarded on deck. It was another beautiful summer’s day in East Greenland, a dazzling, gas-flame sky and the mountains vivid and inviting. We stepped ashore at a secluded cove fringed by rippling green pasture. Snow buntings fussed along the shore, while a raven croaked hoarsely from the slopes above. We began walking along a trail blushed with pink swathes of willowherb. As we climbed higher, the fjord receded below us — a wedge of sun-spangled water flecked with ice. Then we crested a ridge and neither the coastal vista nor the carpet of gentians at our feet could detract from the view inland: a wild mêlée of glacier and mountain, the Greenland icecap glinting in the distance. Click on the map circles to explore Greenland May to September is an ideal time to visit Greenland, hiking the fjords and mountains of the east, or exploring the south and west Tasiilaq & Ammassalik Island Ilulissat & Disko Bay Nasarsuaq: gateway to Qaqortuoq
  9. 9. Click here for photo gallery IMAGECOURTESYOFGREENLANDTOURISM/GREENLAND.COM 8 9Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ EastHiking in East Greenland Departing 5 July 2013, this nine-night guided hiking trip features breathtaking day walks, returning each evening to comfortable hotels. You’ll walk to stupendous viewpoints and get to know the rich tapestry of arctic flora. An iceberg cruise is included, as well as two incredible helicopter flights. Independent tours can also be arranged in this region of Greenland. SouthSouth Greenland Explorer Narsarsuaq offers a fascinating insight into one of the world’s most isolated communities. It’s also a great base from which to explore nearby fjords and mountains and visit the Viking ruins of Eric the Red’s farm. This six- night holiday also features Qaqortoq where optional activities include day hikes and a boat trip to the inland icecap. WestEssential West Greenland Famed for its icebergs (continually shed from the 5km-wide face of the Sermeq Kujalleq glacier), the World Heritage Site of Disko Bay is the star of this five-night holiday based in Ilulissat. As well as boat trips in the bay (including midnight sun cruises), you can join a whale safari, take a helicopter flight to the icecap and visit a traditional hunter’s camp. SeaGreenland Explorer Discover the World offers Greenland voyages lasting from seven to 14 nights. The two-week Greenland Explorer embarks from Kangerlussuaq for a spectacular voyage along the island’s west, south and east coasts. Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website up to 20% on Greenland voyages. Click here for details Save
  10. 10. 10 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 An alternative to touring, Discover the World’s new modules offer a more relaxed, in-depth way to experience New Zealand’s highlights travel less • see more New Zealand modules I n the previous Cloud 9, we explored North Island’s modules, savouring highlights from Northland to Wellington. Not surprisingly, South Island is just as rich in travel hotspots — each one deserving far more than a flying visit. On the page opposite you’ll find all eight of Discover the World’s South Island modules, each one comprising an in-depth, six-day itinerary, plus suggestions for four-day extensions. QIt’s tempting to squeeze too much into a New Zealand holiday. You fly all that way and feel almost obliged to cajole as much into your itinerary as possible. Click here to read William Gray’s report on a region of South Island that’s definitely worth lingering over.
  11. 11. Click on the circles to explore each module Wanaka & the Southern Lakes Fiordland & Te Anau Queenstown & the Southern Lakes Lake Moeraki & the West Coast Christchurch & Canterbury Dunedin & Coastal Otago Kaikoura Nelson RobSuisted 8 11Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Opposite: Southern Alps; this page: Kepler Track, Fiordland NZmodules How they work 1 Take your pick from a selection of five-night modules in key regions of New Zealand. *Lake Moeraki is four nights. 2 If you like, add three-night extensions in other regions or bolt on additional five-night modules to tailormake your ideal holiday. 3 Choose your accommodation from deluxe/luxury lodge, boutique B&B or standard/superior hotel. 4 A range of excursions showcasing the best of each region are included in each module. Your ticket to go-slow travel, savouring the best of New Zealand. Pt2: South Island
  12. 12. 12 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 At a glance: Norwegian Fjord Highlights Self-Drive Day 1 Fly London to Bergen Day 2 Drive from Bergen to Lofthus along the shores of Hardangerfjord and Sorfjorden Day 3 Explore around Lofthus Day 4 Drive from Lofthus to Flam, via lakeside Voss Day 5 Ride the Flam railway, and travel by car and ferry to Balestrand on Sognefjord Day 6 Hike the mountains or take a boat trip at Balestrand Day 7 Drive to Bergen Day 8 Fly Bergen to London FJORD Discover the World’s summer self-drive holidays allow you to explore Norway’s dramatic mountains and coastal inlets at your own pace VISITNORWAY
  13. 13. Click here for more details 8 13Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ on the red circles to explore our Norwegian Fjord Highlights itinerary Click Bergen Lofthus Eidfjord Voss Flam Balestrand Hardangerfjord
  14. 14. Pin with us on Pinterest Subscribe to our e-newsletter Join us on Facebook @ Discover the World Ltd Arctic House, 8 Bolters Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2AR Email Fax +44 (0) 1737 362 341 Twitter @DTW_Holidays 8 14Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ cloud9In the next issue: Polar: North v South Walking & hiking Northern lights holidays Iceland Writing & design William Gray | win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter