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The May issue of our digital magazine features hiking holidays, northern lights travel suggestions and an interview with one of our top guides as well as an exclusive photo competition.

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Cloud 9 | Travel Magazine | May 2013

  1. 1. 1 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 cloud9Inspiration for unforgettable holidays | May 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. Click here for William’s trip report 2 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 inside 3 WINDOW SEAT Happiness on holiday is... Vote for what makes you smile when you’re away 4 AURORA ENCORE Could it be a double peak? NASA say the northern lights could be shining on right through to 2015 6 POLES APART Here’s a juicy dilemma: Arctic or Antarctica? Read our guide to help you pick the pole that’s right for you 8 ICELAND ESCORTED Find out why escorted holidays in Iceland with Discover the World are different, and explore some great options for both winter and summer 10 TAKE A HIKE Step forward for nine great reasons to get footloose and fancy-free, from classic treks in New Zealand and wilderness hikes in the Arctic to tracking elves and climbing peaks in Iceland 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 family and friends. William Gray, Editor In March I was lucky enough to join one of Discover the World’s Killer Whales & Northern Lights trips in Iceland – a fantastic double-whammy of natural wonders, made all the more memorable by dazzling weather, superb whale watching and an outstanding guide and tour leader. You can read my trip report by following the link above, while on page 8 of this issue of Cloud 9, our guiding star, Cathy Harlow, explains what makes a Discover the World escorted holiday so special. Some of my all-time favourite trips have been elevated above the ordinary by great guides. They have a knack for not only making things run smoothly on holiday, but also for communicating with a genuine passion for the countries they work in. Click the laptop to read more... COVER:ORCAINGRUNDARFJORDUR,ICELANDBYWILLIAMGRAY
  3. 3. Icelandair launches its new flights to Alaska on 15 May, making this spectacular state more accessible than ever. Discover the World’s new Alaska programme features a wonderful selection of self-drive and escorted holidays and there’s still time to book for travel this summer. See your photo on Cloud 9. We are looking for your top travel shots to grace the cover of our digital magazine. 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 3Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Two of our favourite places – Iceland and New Zealand – have been voted the world’s friendliest holiday destinations window seat The World Economic Forum surveyed 140 countries from 2011 to 2012, basing its ‘friendly factor’ on how welcome foreign visitors are. It’s no surprise to us that Iceland and New Zealand came out on top. There’s still time to book a holiday to the Land of Fire, Ice & Smiles this spring and summer, but don’t leave it to the last minute as there is only limited accommodation in Iceland’s most popular areas. With its year round appeal, New Zealand is also guaranteed to put a smile on your face – its winter months promise snow-dusted scenery, fun activities, few visitors, beautiful light and great value! Find out how to enter your photo in our cover competition win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter Smile! You’re in Iceland ALASKA: Click and go Find out about our holidays to New Zealand Find out about our holidays to Iceland
  4. 4. aurora www.visitfinland.com 2013–2014 shine on A ccording to NASA scientists the future is bright for aurora hunters. The peak of the 11-year sunspot cycle – catalyst of the northern lights – was meant to be in 2013, but it no longer seems so straightforward. “We may be seeing what happens when you predict a single amplitude and the sun responds with a double peak,” says solar physicist Dean Pesnell. Pesnell points out similarities between Solar Cycle 24, underway now, and Solar Cycle 14, which had a double-peak during the early 20th century. If our current cycle follows the same pattern, “it would mean one peak in late 2013 and another in 2015.” No one – not even NASA – knows for certain what the sun will do next, but it does seem likely that the end of 2013 could be even livelier than the beginning. What is certain is that demand for northern lights holidays will be high this year. Be sure to book early for a chance to witness this incredible phenomenon. 4 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 here to find out more about our northern lights holidays Click With NASA predicting that displays of the aurora borealis will peak again this winter, now is the time to start planning your Discover the World northern lights holiday
  5. 5. Killer Whales & Northern Lights Tromso, Abisko & Icehotel Visit website NEW three-night self-drive to Iceland’s mystical Snaefellsnes Peninsula, staying in Grundafjordur and including an orca-watching boat trip. Action-packed, four-night break in Whitehorse, Canada’s aurora capital. NEW wilderness bolthole deep in the taiga forest of eastern Finland, perfect for seeking out the aurora borealis and trying snowmobiling and other activities 300km above the Arctic Circle. A week combining the rugged beauty of the Land of Ice & Fire with city style in both Reykjavik and Stockholm and three nights at the ICEHOTEL. 13 nights in search of wildlife, icebergs and the aurora. Seven-night coastal odyssey in Norway. Three nights in the best of Swedish Lapland. Seven nights in some of the best aurora locations. NEW three-night escorted tour. Four-night break with two orca boat trips. Click here for details of WhaleFest 2014 Prime time for auroras too! GREENLAND:ANDRESCHOENHERR 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 5Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Killer Whales & Northern Lights Weekend In Pursuit of the Aurora Muotka Wilderness Lodge Northern Lights at Abisko &Icehotel Killer Whales & Golden Circle Greenland Northern Lights Voyage Iceland & Icehotel Yukon Winter Dream Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit website Visit websiteVisit website Visit website
  6. 6. &Go to the Arctic for: • Polar bears, walrus, beluga whales & seabird colonies • Spectacular landscapes of Svalbard & Greenland • Deep-rooted human presence and fascinating culture • Easy access to the High Arctic via Spitsbergen • Activities such as hiking and sea kayaking • Legends of famous polar explorers, like Amundsen • Iconic voyage to the North Pole NORTH HOW TO CHOOSE BETWEEN POLES APART Click here to set sail for the Arctic 6 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 here for our top pick for a first-time visit to the Arctic Click
  7. 7. Click here to set sail for Antarctica &Go to Antarctica for: • Penguin colonies, leopard seals & humpback whales • Epic scenery of South Georgia & Antarctic Peninsula • Historical interest of the Falkland Islands • Easy access on a Peninsula Fly-In Voyage • Activities such as sea kayaking and camping • Following in the wake of explorers, like Shackleton • Iconic journeys to the South Pole and Ross Sea & SOUTH 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 7Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Click here for photo gallery here for our top pick for a first-time visit to Antarctica Click
  8. 8. WILLIAMGRAY 8 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 Click here to see all of our Iceland Escorted Holidays QWhat’s the key ingredient for a successful escorted trip? AIt’s getting the basics right: the right traveller on the right holiday, so you get a like- minded group who are going to gel. QHow are Discover the World escorted holidays different? AWe keep group sizes small, stay in accommodation that’s near to places of interest and we never rush day to day itineraries. Our staff also go the extra mile and have the all-important insider knowledge that goes into planning a successful trip. QHow do you approach each holiday as a guide? AIt’s important to find out what your group expect from the trip and iron out any potential hitches. I always try to see the positive side of things and aim to include experiences that fall outside the standard tourist itinerary. QYou must love Iceland and the other places you guide? AIt’s great to share your enthusiasm for the countries with your groups. You have it in you to make their holiday extra special by being available, helpful and knowledgeable and putting your clients’ needs before your own. What makes a Discover the World escorted holiday special? We asked Cathy Harlow – shortlisted in the Wanderlust Guide Awards Guiding
  9. 9. 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 9Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ SummerIceland Jigsaw Tours & Classic Iceland A perfect fit for your summer holiday plans, whether you have five nights to spare or a month, Discover the World’s Iceland Jigsaw Tours consist of four itineraries that can either be combined or taken individually. Each small- group, expert-led, full- board tour explores the best of the country, delving into the north, south, east or west. If you want to go full-circle, the nine-night Classic Iceland escorted holiday rounds up a superb range of highlights on a well-paced itinerary that includes plenty of time for short walks and getting off the beaten track. Find out more: Iceland Jigsaw Tours Find out more: Classic Iceland WinterVolcanoes & Northern Lights Two of Iceland’s natural wonders are the focus of this four-night escorted holiday, based at Hotel Hekla and featuring the Golden Circle, south coast and a visit to the Eyjafjallajokull eruption site – all in the company of an expert guide. Click for Volcanoes & Northern Lights Click play button above to watch our Iceland film
  10. 10. 10 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 walk 9 great reasons to lace up your boots and explore the world on foot win!a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter
  11. 11. 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 11Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ 1 Norway The tourist board has identified no less than 21 great hikes in spectacular Sognefjord. 2 Iceland Create your ideal tailor-made walking holiday using our unique Pick your Peak. 3 New Zealand Explore with your own 4x4 vehicle and hike some of New Zealand’s best backcountry trails. 4 Alaska Hike in the wilds of Denali, trek to the foot of mighty glaciers and explore ancient forests. 5 East Greenland From a base in Ammassalik, take day walks in the wild grandeur of mountains and fjords. 6 Canada Hike through the Canadian wilderness of Ontario’s Georgian Bay and Bruce Peninsula. 7 Iceland Follow in the Footsteps of the Elves on a new walking tour in Borgarfjordur, East Fjords. 8 Australia Witness the iconic Twelve Apostles on foot by hiking the invigorating Great Ocean Walk. 9 Spitsbergen Stay in a remote, comfortable camp in Ekmanfjorden and enjoy hikes and other activities. MAINPIC:WWW.VISITNORWAY.COM;2:ANDERSPETER; 3:GARETHEYRES;5:SOERELVE
  12. 12. 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 www.discover-the-world.co.uk Email travel@discover-the-world.co.uk Fax +44 (0) 1737 362 341 Twitter @DTW_Holidays 8 discover-cloud9.co.uk 12Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ cloud9In the next issue: Iceland self-catering Gourmet Experiences Special occasions Great autumn breaks Writing & design William Gray | www.william-gray.co.uk win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter

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