Friday June 8 is World Oceans Day – the global event that celebrates and honours the world’s oceans that are critical to our survival. World Oceans Day encourages people to learn about the myriad diverse habitats of our oceans and the creatures that live in them, inspiring participants to take a greater role in helping protect them. This year’s focus is ‘preventing plastic pollution and encouraging solutions for a healthy ocean’.
Boutique tour operator Magnetic North Travel is a firm believer that holidays have the power to transform people through developing their knowledge and experience of nature. The company’s philosophy is based on the Norwegian idea of ‘Friluftsliv’, translated literally as ‘free air living’ that inspires people to value their outdoor life through learning from traditions and seeking enjoyment in nature. In honour of World Oceans Day, Magnetic North Travel’s team of travel experts have selected their favourite eco-friendly marine wildlife tours and accommodation options in Scandinavia, the Nordics and Canada, the company’s areas of speciality.
WEEKEND WILDLIFE EXPEDITION CRUISE IN SPITSBERGEN, NORWAY
This weekend summer expedition allows holidaymakers to discover Spitsbergen’s vast fjords, untouched mountains and unique wildlife from the deck of the romantic, three-masted wooden schooner, S/V Linden. While exploring Svalbard’s remote fjords and glaciers, guests get the chance to spot polar bears, walrus, Arctic fox and ivory gulls, as well as beluga whales. The trip includes two nights’ accommodation aboard S/V Linden and one in Basecamp Hotel, a chic accommodation inspired by Svalbard’s trappers’ legacy and decorated with driftwood, seal skins, artefacts and old photographs.
Details: Two nights’ full board on S/V Linden and one night’s B&B in Basecamp Hotel is from £1,395 per person, including tours and transfers. International flights are not included
WILDLIFE WATCHING HOLIDAY AT SPIRIT BEAR LODGE, CANADA
Situated in the remote First Nations fishing village of Klemtu, British Columbia, Spirit Bear lodge is in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. Nestled in a calm archipelago of islands and protected from the wild Pacific, the lodge offers access to wildlife including grizzly bears, humpback whales, spawning salmon, wolves, cougars and the elusive spirit bear. The lodge is a community-based ecotourism venture owned and operated by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nations people that have lived in the area for generations.
Details: Four nights’ full board is from £2,995 per person, including activities such as bear spotting, and flights from Vancouver. International flights are not included
WEATHER ISLANDS SUMMER KAYAKING HOLIDAY IN WEST SWEDEN
The coast of West Sweden is dotted with islands and skerries that cry out to be explored during the heady days of midsummer. The Weather Islands (also known as the Väderöarna) are home to an idyllic retreat standing alone on a granite rock island called Storö – a perfect base for outdoor adventures at sea. Explore the sunniest corner of Sweden on this kayaking trip that allows guests to paddle along the rose-hued rocky islets and watch seals sunbathe on the smooth rocks. In the evenings relax watching the sunset with some of the most amazing seafood and perhaps a sauna and a refreshing dip in the sea.
Details: One night’s B&B in Gothenburg and two nights’ half-board in the Weather Islands is from £990 per person, including kayaking equipment and two packed lunches. International flights are not included
WILDLIFE HOLIDAY AT NIMMO BAY RESORT, CANADA
The Great Bear Rainforest also provides the setting for this luxury cabin holiday in British Columbia. The area is home to an abundance of wildlife, including black bears, grizzly bears, whales, salmon and wolves. Tucked away at the edge of a coastal inlet within the protected rainforest area, Nimmo Bay Resort offers a luxurious retreat with access to unlimited nature and lush wilderness. From arrival by boat plane to departure day, the resort staff offer an end-to-end service, tailoring wilderness adventures to guests’ exact requirements. This holiday includes a daily menu of activities to choose from, as well as the chance to indulge in wellness options and enjoy five-star cuisine.
Details: Four nights’ all-inclusive is from £3,990 per person, including yoga classes, kayaking, boat tours, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, snorkelling, whale watching, bear watching and flights from Vancouver. International flights are not included
All Magnetic North Travel holidays include a 24/7 emergency line, concierge service and access to a personalised travel app containing documents as well as bespoke recommendations.
To book call 01664 400 103 or see https://www.magneticnorthtravel.com