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Island Holidays
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


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


Amazing South Georgia

What can we say?

It's not often I'm lost for words but South Georgia has defeated me.  Its unbelievable beauty and grandeur, to say nothing of its wildlife and fascinating history left me speechless.   I'd run out of superlatives in the first few minutes.  And that was on a bad weather day.   When the sun came out ....   Wow!   At our second proposed landing site we had to adopt plan B because there was too much wildlife on the beach!!!   I'd always wanted to get to South Georgia and now that I've been I can't wait to get back.   So it's just as well we're offering a special holiday in November 2011 from Falklands to South Georgia and back, spending six days circumnavigating the island.  AND, just to make it that extra special, for 8 people there'll be the chance to spend a few days at either end of the sea voyage getting to know the Falkland Islands - an opportunity folk who have just popped in for a couple of half days on their way to Antarctica will really appreciate having had their appetites whetted.

I mentioned the wildlife on South Georgia which is absolutely fantastic from the huge elephant seals to the diminutive and tuneful South Georgia Pipit.   But ground nesting birds are at serious risk because of rats.  And so The South Georgia Heritage Trust have launched a £5.2 million appeal for a major rat eradication programme.  For just £90 you can sponsor a hectare of the islands..  Check out their website.  It sounds a lot of money but at least 10 of us on board the ship signed up and it’s one of those situations where it doesn’t take all that many people to spread the word and take action and the mission will be accomplished.  Do help if you can.

by Libby 08/12/2010

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