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The Polar Regions

Whether in Antarctica or the Arctic, expedition voyages take you to remote, unspoilt places with amazing scenery, wildlife and history. Island Holidays offers both land-based holidays and expedition cruises. View our Arctic and Antarctic expedition cruises


South Atlantic Islands

We're talking about some of the most remote places on Earth – St Helena (to which we offer both fully guided tours and independent travel), the Falkland Islands and Tristan da Cunha to name but a few. View our South Atlantic Islands cruise holidays

Featured Favourites

Over many years Island Holidays has been offering fantastic birding, wildlife and history themed holidays, some of which have stood out as being really very special. Some are close to home, some far-flung, all of them favourite! View our favourite guided holiday destinations


First for St Helena for 500 years

Pallid Harrier spotted on South Atlantic island

Do you know?  I think even those of you who haven't the faintest interest in birds will be fascinated by this.  As for the birders ...........

The big news from St Helena is that a female Parrid Harrier has been seen on St Helena - that wonderful island in the South Atlantic which I keep banging on about - AND it's the first bird of prey (or raptor for my more birdy friends) to be found on the island for 500 years.   Eat your heart out Napoleon - you missed it!

 Now the fact that I mention Napoleon is that October 2015 sees the 200th anniversary of his arrival on the island as an exile.  And - guess what.   Island Holidays is running a special tour to mark the occasion which will be on the island on the actual day.   Cost hasn't been worked out yet (give me a chance!) but it will also be one of the last times (apparently - but don't believe all you read) to travel on the Royal Mail Ship before the airport opens in 2016 (again, apparently).  We're only taking 12 clients and already have bookings, so if you want in on the gig you better get planning fast!

by Libby 24/04/2014

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