Cloud 9 | Travel Magazine | July 2013


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The latest issue of our digital magazine features ICEHOTEL art suites design previews, including a London Underground-inspired creation; 5 new trips in Iceland and polar bears in Manitoba.

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Cloud 9 | Travel Magazine | July 2013

  1. 1. 1 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 cloud9Inspiration for unforgettable holidays | July 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 3 Suite sensations: ice work at 2013/14 ICEHOTEL 4 Bright forecast: book early for aurora holidays 5 Wild thing: fabulous new holiday in Finnish Lapland 6 Sale on: still time for savings to New Zealand 7 Polar bound: new 2014 Arctic Voyages Collection 8 ICELAND Five new trips, from 4WD adventures to following in the footsteps of elves 14 BEARS UP CLOSE Close encounters with the polar bears of Churchill, plus the bear essentials to wildlife holidays in Canada 18 GOLDEN DAYS Nine great ideas for holidays to take this autumn, from Lapland to New Zealand 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 Following last winter’s pixel-tastic displays of the aurora borealis, it’s perhaps not surprising that a photo of the northern lights has won our Cloud 9 cover competition. Congratulations to Tamara Shiner for her dramatic shot of the aurora in ‘full glow’ over Skaftafell in Iceland. With NASA forecasting another peak of solar activity for the 2013/14 season, we can look forward to more sights like this. Don’t forget to book your northern lights holiday early (see page 4), as demand is sure to be sky- high. Another natural spectacle that should be on everyone’s wishlist is the annual gathering of polar bears near Churchill in Canada (page 14). Also in this issue, you’ll find inspiration for everything from Arctic voyages to hiking in Iceland and touring New Zealand. Happy travels! COVER:auroraatSkaftafell,Iceland,BYTamaraShiner
  3. 3. l British artist Marcus Dillistone’s design ‘Mind the Gap’ celebrates the 150th anniversary of the London Underground 8 3Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ A London Underground platform will be one of the new suites at this year’s ICEHOTEL window seat From a total of 200 designs submitted for the 2013/14 ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland, 11 themes have been chosen for special guest suites, including the London Underground, a Frankenstein-esque science lab and pole dancing polar bears – all crafted from ice and snow. Discover the World offers ICEHOTEL breaks from £1,164 per person, including one night in a Snow Room, two nights in heated accommodation, morning sauna and breakfast, plus return direct flights between Heathrow and Kiruna with in-flight meal and transfers. MarcusDillistone Ice station Find out more about holidays at the ICEHOTEL l PURE GENIUS! NEW ART SUITES AT THE ICEHOTEL win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter
  4. 4. Click here for details of our Killer Whales & Northern Lights trips Don’t leave it too late to book your northern lights holiday – demand is likely to be high NASA are predicting another dazzling season for displays of the aurora borealis as the solar cycle enters a ‘double peak’ towards the end of 2013. Don’t miss out on a chance to view this incredible phenomenon – our northern lights holidays are already in high demand so you need to book early, especially for key dates and locations. Discover the World offers numerous options for viewing the northern lights, from short breaks based at Abisko and the ICEHOTEL to escorted or self-drive holidays in Iceland combining auroras with orcas. l Abisko in Swedish Lapland (above left) is one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, due to its often clear skies 4 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 window seat Lights on l BOOK EARLY FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS HOLIDAYS here to find out more about our northern lights holidays Click rosen-media.seARCTICIMAGES
  5. 5. Click here for more pictures 8 5Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ See lynx, wolves and moose up-close on this exciting new family holiday in Lapland Just south of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Ranua Wildlife Park is home to some amazing wildlife, and on this new seven-night holiday – ideal for families – you get unlimited entry, including a chance to join the park ranger on his rounds! You will also be able to try family-friendly cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing in the snow-clad forests, and join a snowmobile safari. A day trip to Rovaniemi, with its museums, stylish shops and Santa Village is also included, while optional activities include husky sledging and reindeer safaris. RANUAWILDLIFEPARK Click here to find out more about this new holiday Cool for cats l Accommodation is in comfortable two-bedroom villas just across the road from the Ranua Wildlife Park. Each one sleeps up to four adults and two children and is equipped with a Finnish sauna l BRAND NEW! ARCTIC WILDLIFE AT RANUA IN FINNISH LAPLAND from £1,498 per adult, £1,072 per child
  6. 6. window seat 6 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 l Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy cabin offers customers more space and privacy with its state-of-the-art Spaceseat™ as well as inspired food and wine and gate-to-gate entertainment There’s still time to book a New Zealand holiday before the end of our summer sale Discover the World’s New Zealand Summer Sale ends on 31 July 2013, so don’t delay in booking your once-in-a- lifetime holiday to this spectacular destination. You can save up to 15% on self-drives, including a superb 13- or 20-night motorhome itinerary. There’s up to 10% off escorted tours, such as the 15-night Highlights of New Zealand holiday, while luxury expedition cruises are up to 20% off. Fly with Air New Zealand and you can upgrade to Premium Economy – recently voted best in its class at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards. Flights of fancy Start planning your holiday to New Zealand l NEW ZEALAND SUMMER SALE NOW ON! BOOK BEFORE 31 JULY 2013
  7. 7. View more spectacular photos 8 7Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Take your pick from no less than 13 Arctic expedition voyages in our 2014 collection From Spitsbergen to the Canadian Arctic, Discover the World’s 2014 Arctic Voyages Collection is brimming with adventure. You can even voyage to the North Pole aboard the icebreaker 50 Years of Victory. New additions include a weeklong Introduction to Spitsbergen – perfect if you have limited time but still want to seek out the polar bears, glaciers and seabird cliffs of Svalbard. Also new, the Baffin Island Explorer follows in the wake of early explorers deep into the Canadian Arctic, with great opportunities to see polar bears, belugas and walruses. RAYMONDPLATTS Click here for our full range of 2014 Arctic Voyages Go with the floe l Venturing from your mothership, zodiacs take you for breathtaking close encounters with Arctic wildlife and head-spinning views of glaciers and mountains. l NEW! 2014 ARCTIC VOYAGES COLLECTION
  8. 8. IcelandIceland 8 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 Click here to view our huge range of Iceland Holidays 4WD Highland Adventure • Footsteps of the Elves • Iceland Winter Escape • Beyond the Wall • Icelandic Northern Lights Odyssey spectacular new trips in 55
  9. 9. 8 9Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Located in Iceland’s spectacular Highlands, the Hrauneyjar Centre is your base for this unique and exclusive three-night self-drive adventure. Available year-round, get off-road and off-the- beaten track in your high clearance 4x4 SUV or Superjeep, with expert local advice and briefings on routes to lava fields, volcanoes, canyons, waterfalls and hot springs. 4WD Highland Adventure from £355pp Find out more! Visit website 11
  10. 10. 22 Limited availability for August & September Iceland’s very own Middle Earth, Borgarfjordur in the East Fjords combines epic landscapes with intriguing folklore – the perfect setting for Discover the World’s new seven-night, expert-guided walking holiday. With moderate hikes and comfortable hotel accommodation throughout, the trip also includes visits to Lake Myvatn and thundering Dettifoss. In the Footsteps of Elves from £1,069pp Find out more! Visit website 10 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812
  11. 11. Availability for August • Book early for 2014 8 11Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ This five-day self-drive adventure follows in the footsteps of the cast of hit TV drama Game of Thrones and takes you to Iceland’s mighty wall of ice, Vatnajokull. You’ll also explore other filming locations like the eerie volcanic plains of Hofdabrekkuheidi and south-coast fantasy landscapes such as Skogafoss and the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Beyond the Wall from £620pp Find out more! Visit website 33 RAGNARTHSIGURDSSON trek across ancient ice fields or ride like the Dothraki on a pure-bred Icelandic horse
  12. 12. This action-packed three-day break is based in Reykjavik and includes glacier hiking and ice climbing on Solheimajokull, lava caving in the Leidarendi Cave, a tour of the Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir), a dip in the Blue Lagoon and an optional northern lights excursion. Departures September to May. A six-night version is also available. Iceland Winter Escape from £460pp Find out more! Visit website 44 12 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812
  13. 13. 8 13Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ Maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights on this seven-night, small-group tour, available October-March. Travelling with an expert guide, you’ll stay in prime aurora-viewing properties like Hotel ION (pictured) and visit incredible landscapes – from the Eastern Fjords and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon to Skaftafell National Park and the 2010 eruption site of the volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Icelandic Northern Lights Odyssey from £1,265pp Find out more! Visit website 55
  14. 14. 14 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 Cloud 9 Editor William Gray gets nose to nosewith the ice bears of Churchill, Manitoba up close here to find out about our full range of Polar Bear holidays Click
  15. 15. Click here to see more bear photos 8 15Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ P olar bears can weigh 650kg and sprint at over 40kph. They are fearless, powerful hunters that can smell you coming from miles off. That’s why I’m in a Tundra Buggy – a giant-wheeled ‘snow bus’ that provides a safe vantage from which to observe these magnificent beasts. Timing is crucial though. Peak period is October-November when they congregate near Churchill, a Canadian frontier town rubbed raw by frigid winds that howl across Hudson Bay. Our polar bear safari sets off at a glacial pace, the buggy creeping across the tundra. It takes half an hour to reach the shores of Hudson Bay (a mile away) where a northerly wind has white-ribbed the sea and piled spume against huge drifts of kelp. Tossed around by the wind like loose refuse sacks, ravens twist and turn, while tundra swans hunker down in a pond. Our first polar bear is dozing on rocks behind the beach. The buggy edges to within 12m of him, but the bear’s not bothered by our presence. He barely glances s l Polar bears like to check out Tundra Buggies, but the Lazy Bear Café in Churchill is out of bounds JulianCremona MAINPIC:RobertTaylor RobertTaylor Click play button LEFT to watch polar bear film
  16. 16. New! Polar Bear Photo Safari accompanied by professional photographer Robert Taylor 5-10 November 2014 16 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 towards us before turning back to a full pedicure of his forepaws. Grooming finished, he yawns, rolls over and goes back to sleep. To him it’s just another day waiting for the bay to freeze over. This ice bear seems particularly chilled, so we leave him in peace and trundle on across the saturated landscape, more water than land it seems (an appropriate haunt of Ursus maritimus). Other wildlife found here includes arctic fox, caribou and snowy owls. The tundra yields its natural treasures slowly though. It’s another hour before we encounter more bears. The first is sleepy and secretive, barely visible in a birch thicket. But the other two, a young male and an older male with a full Roman nose, are out in the open. The youngster ambles towards a Tundra Buggy and gives it a good once-over, gnawing a tyre, checking out the suspension and straining upright on his hindlegs to sniff at the tourists who are craning over the outdoor viewing platform at the rear. When this loses its novelty, he returns to the older bear and gets him riled enough to have a play fight, both bears taking swipes at each other, standing up in face-offs and baring teeth. The older bear uses his massive weight and height advantage to keep the youngster at arm’s length, but after 10 minutes or so he’s clearly bored with such juvenile behaviour and finds himself a quiet patch of scrub to hide in. The younger bear redirects his attention to the tundra buggies, this time ambling over to ours. He rears up and places two massive paws on the side of the viewing platform and, for a brief moment, I am staring into the eyes of a wild polar bear, his black muzzle snuffling a few feet below me. Polar bear At home on the tundra and sea ice of the coastal Arctic, but very good swimmers, using webbed front paws. know your three bears Brown bear Varies in colour from blond to black and can weigh up to 450kg. Diet includes berries, grasses, salmon and rodents. American black bear Mainly found in forests, but highly adaptable, even venturing near cities; cubs leave winter dens Apr-May.
  17. 17. Go bear watching! Click on the map circles for ideas CANADA Churchill Hudson Bay Bear essentials Great Bear Rainforest Labrador Baffin Island Vancouver Island 10% offPolar Bear Kingdom Holidays in 2014 Six-day, expert-guided tour to Churchill, Canada’s polar bear capital, including two full days bear viewing in tundra vehicles, a dog sledding excursion and a private tour and hosted dinner at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg. Book before 30th September 2013 Alaska 8 17Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ 2
  18. 18. 18 Talk to the experts ✆ 01737 218 812 win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter GOLD pure 9 priceless tips for great holidays this autumn During autumn, Abisko National Park in Swedish Lapland is a perfect spot for walking and other outdoor activities – with northern lights watching at night
  19. 19. 8 19Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ 1 Swedish Lapland Hike the autumn- gilded Abisko National Park by day, search for northern lights by night. 2 Norway Book a fly-drive to the Fjords – the reflections of the autumn colours are amazing. 3 Arctic Join a late-season voyage to Greenland or the Canadian Arctic in September. 4 Antarctica Be one of the first of the season to make landfall on the Antarctic Peninsula in October. 5 Alaska Watch the grizzly bears of Kodiak Island and Katmai feasting on salmon in September. 6 Canada Marvel at maples as the forests of Eastern Canada blush crimson and gold during fall. 7 New Zealand Track down New Zealand’s endangered wildlife on a springtime self-drive nature tour. 8 Australia Enjoy spring Down Under: wildflowers in Western Australia, or the tropical north pre-rains. 9 Iceland Tour the south in peaceful September, with a chance of seeing the northern lights. MAINPIC:PeterRosen;2:WILLIAMGRAY;3:TomArban; 5:ATIA&ChrisMcLennan;7:ian-trafford;9:RAGNAR THSIGURDSSON
  20. 20. 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 20Subscribe to Cloud 9 and our e-newsZ cloud9In the next issue: Icehotel Festive Breaks Classic Antarctica Escorted New Zealand Writing & design William Gray | win! a £500 voucher towards your next holiday with Discover the World Click here to enter