Discover the World specialises in free-spirited travel in spectacular destinations. Whether it is exploring Iceland’s volcanic landscapes, chasing the northern lights in Lapland or watching polar bears patrol the tundra in the Canadian wilderness, there are many beautiful global destinations and a wide range of holidays to choose from.
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From Sweden’s exquisite Icehotel and wilderness lodges deep in the heart of Finnish Lapland, to Norway’s spellbinding fjords and the Arctic wilderness of Greenland, Discover the World offers a wide range of holidays throughout Europe’s far north.
This is our Eden – a land of fiery volcanoes, vast icecaps, black sand beaches and cascading waterfalls. Whether experienced under the midnight sun or the northern lights, Iceland thrills across the generations, combining delightful adventures with delicious cuisine and fantastic places to stay.
Small Ship Expedition Cruises
From the icy waters of the Arctic and Antarctica, to the sun-kissed South Pacific, our collection of small ship expedition cruises spans five continents offering classics such as Alaska’s Inside Passage, encountering wildlife, uncovering isolated indigenous communities and learning as you go.
Crossing the Continents
Whether an active adventure in New Zealand or a classic guided tour in Canada, Alaska or Australia, our holidays combine unique places to stay, awe-inspiring scenery and adventures to last a lifetime.
Sail from Scotland, via the Shetlands and Jan Mayen Island, to the spectacular, wildlife rich shores of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago.
The epic scale of the wild Yukon Territory and the State of Alaska are best appreciated on foot - surrounded by soaring mountains, immense glaciers and endless wilderness. This small group tour offers the chance to try a variety of short walks and longer hikes, as well as taking in the scenic highlights and prolific wildlife of this rugged corner of North America.
Three Arctic Islands in one memorable voyage! Covering many miles of extraordinary coastline, encounter wildlife such as narwhal, arctic fox, polar bear and musk oxen as well as abundant birdlife as you visit Spitsbergen, Greenland and Iceland.
Explore the ice-choked fjords and small settlements along the coast of West Greenland on this adventure-filled voyage. Shore landings, Zodiac cruises and the chance to join optional kayak excursions offer a great way to immerse yourself in your surroundings and meet Inuits living the traditional ways of life in some of the world's most remote environments.
Alaska's spectacular Inside Passage is best explored from the water, and this small ship expedition-style cruise offers the chance to really immerse yourself in a dramatic glacial wilderness. Travelling at a leisurely pace allows for an in-depth exploration, with time available to kayak amongst icebergs, join guided nature hikes ashore or keep watch for whales and bears from the deck.
Combine unforgettable wildlife encounters and scenic exploring with the rare opportunity to reach 66° 33’S. This extended Polar cruise offers all the highlights of a classic Antarctic expedition, with additional days to allow the chance to push further south and cross the elusive Antarctic Circle.
This remote part of Canada offers spectacular landscapes and diverse and abundant wildlife, as well as unique local culture. Travelling as part of a small group with an expert guide enables you to gain a real insight into the region and its inhabitants.
This two-centre guided hiking holiday is based in the Ammassalik district of East Greenland against a backdrop of towering granite peaks and indigo fjords dotted with majestic shimmering icebergs. Explore this striking region on well-paced day walks before returning to your comfortable hotel accommodation each evening. The itinerary includes at least one iceberg boat cruise, along with two short helicopter flights above the iceberg laden coastal waters. This is a fabulous tour into one of the most remote places on the planet.
This incredible adventure cruise retraces Shackleton's infamous voyage, visiting Elephant Island before continuing south to the awe-inspiring icescapes of the Antarctic Peninsula. Days are filled with opportunities to see humpback and minke whales, penguins and leopard seals, along with a host of historic sites and scientific stations.
This unique option allows passengers to fly direct between Punta Arenas in southern Chile and King George Island, the largest in the South Shetlands archipelago, before boarding a ship for an expedition cruise around the Peninsula. This is a great choice for those with limited time or who doubt their sea-legs.
Stockholm is a city that loves to celebrate Christmas and there is no better city than Stockholm to put you in the Christmas mood. The lingering scents of mulled wine and gingerbread biscuits will follow you around as you explore this winter wonderland. Then travel north for a guaranteed White Christmas head above the Arctic Circle to the Icehotel in Swedish Lapland. With its snow covered landscapes, thrilling winter activities and delicious Scandinavian cuisine, this is a truly special festive break. Whether you celebrate with family or friends, discover the spirit of Lapland this Christmas.
The Peninsula offers dramatic scenery and the greatest variety of wildlife in Antarctica. This adventurous voyage also offers an unequalled introduction to the stunning scenery of the Great White Continent.
Experience a total eclipse from the unique perspective of a polar expedition ship, anchored at the very edge of the Antarctic sea ice in the remote Weddell Sea. This once in a lifetime voyage will also visit the far flung islands of the Falklands and South Georgia, as well as exploring the many natural attractions of the Antarctic Peninsula.
Spending two nights at idyllic Hotel Ranga deep in the spectacular countryside of Southwest Iceland, this escorted short break provides excellent opportunities for seeing the aurora borealis. An expert-guided tour of the Golden Circle’s natural wonders is included, along with a visit to Reykjavik’s old town and the legendary Blue Lagoon.
The ultimate Iceland holiday for marine-wildlife enthusiasts, this 9-day small-group holiday led by award-winning guide, Cathy Harlow, combines spectacular landscapes with three whale watching hot spots as you travel around the country under the midnight sun. This itinerary is exclusive to Discover the World.
The aim of this expedition is to deliver the complete Spitsbergen experience, circumnavigating the Svalbard archipelago’s largest island. With superb wildlife encounters on offer, this voyage also delivers unparalleled photographic opportunities with spectacular scenery throughout.
From close-up encounters with icebergs and glaciers to the region’s plentiful wildlife, this is a voyage of non-stop highlights. Focusing primarily on Spitsbergen's scenic west and northern coastlines, this comprehensive expedition covers less distance in order to maximise time on land.
Superb wildlife, imposing icebergs and traditional Inuit culture are what make this voyage so exciting, as you explore the four Arctic Islands of Spitsbergen, Jan Mayen, Greenland and Iceland. This voyage is ideal for first time visitors who want a taste of everything the Arctic has to offer.
This unusual and remarkable voyage takes you to an unknown world in some of the Arctic’s most remote regions. Encounter archipelagos only lightly touched by the hand of man and still relatively unexplored. Steeped in history and rich in wildlife, the islands that make up Svalbard and Franz Josef Land are ideal destinations for those wanting to journey the path less travelled and get a taste for the experiences of the earliest polar explorers.
The great fjord system of East Greenland’s Scoresby Sund extends 350 kilometres inland and boasts truly spectacular scenery. This is the world's longest and widest fjord and an expedition cruise offers the perfect way to explore these ancient icy waterways.