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Established 1987

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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St Helena - Another Delay

But possibly good news - Atlantic Star to the rescue?

Avro JetWhen I first went to St Helena 12 years ago the buzz was that the airport was coming. It wasn’t. Then, with great fanfare, the opening (with attendant royalty) was scheduled for April 2017. Problem: Windsheer. Normal size commercial aeroplanes can’t land and the airport is closed to all except small planes. But there is possibly good news on the horizon. Our friends at Atlantic Star Airways will never be defeated.

Their proposal is to use an AVRO jet which is capable of landing using the shorter runway. They would begin by flying between St Helena and Ascension to link with the RAF service to the UK. What would then make sense would be to operate St Helena, Ascension, Accra return which would link easily with the BA flights from Accra as well as the RAF flights. It all depends on St Helena Government and the Department for International Development but the folk at Atlantic Star Airlines are ready to launch in the spring of 2017 given approval.

Meanwhile there is always the advantage that the good old Royal Mail Ship continues to serve the island – at least until the end of June 2017. We have one more guided tour between now and then but can always arrange independent travel. So if you want to take advantage of this wonderful way of reaching St Helena before the ship is finally put into mothballs, do give us a call. We really ARE the St Helena specialists (she said, modestly).


by Libby 29/11/2016

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