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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

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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

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20% Reduction on Spitsbergen Cruise

Do your bit for the Arctic environment and earn yourself a reduced cabin rate by helping clean up the shores of Spitsbergen in August 2015.

Reindeer in Spitsbergen (Svalbard)You may know that Island Holidays has been working with Oceanwide Expeditions for over 20 years – going back to the time when they were known as The Plancius Foundation. They’ve won all kinds of awards and have always had a strong ethical stance on environmental and conservation issues both in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Now they’ve announced something new. Rubbish from the seas is piling up on shores all over the world. In Spitsbergen this litter is often hazardous for reindeer which get entangled in fish nets and die of starvation. Polar bears, Arctic foxes and shorebirds also suffer. Supported by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators and with a contribution from the Governor of Spitsbergen, our partners Oceanwide Expeditions are offering passengers the opportunity to get involved in the clean-up.

The carrot is a 20% reduction on the cost of the voyage on m/v Ortelius (OTL15)  from 28th August to 4th September next year. Oceanwide's proposal is that half the passengers clean in the morning (having received equipment and instruction) while the other half have an excursion in a different area. In the afternoon the two groups will switch roles. It will be an adventurous experience. Often it won't be possible to clean a certain area because of roaming Polar Bears. If this happens we'll move to a different area and very possibly one which we've never been to before.

I think this is a terrific idea and hope that you will to. I'm holding a small allocation of cabins so, if you're interested, do get in touch as soon as you can. It's really good when we can offer an opportunity to do something constructive to help as well as a terrific holiday experience. I believe it's known as "Voluntourism" which seems a bit laboured (if you'll pardon the pun).

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by Libby 07/10/2014

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