Thursday, 14 July 2011

Re-write Your Bucket List with Peregrine's New Arctic Cruises

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Peregrine has released a range of adventures in the High Arctic that will have you re-writing your bucket list. Think hot air ballooning over the North Pole; hiking to see the Northern Lights in Greenland, or cruising to the top of the world in the most powerful icebreaker on earth. And for bookings made by September 30, Peregrine is offering Early Bird savings.

Greenland is the best place on earth to see the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights – one of nature's most spectacular shows. Peregrine's new 14-day East Greenland Explorer trip aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, is timed to coincide with the optimum atmospheric conditions for viewing the Lights.

Departing from Reykjavik, Iceland, the cruise explores the east coast of Greenland, including iceberg-choked fjords, glaciers and Inuit settlements. The focus is on hiking, with a variety of half and full-day hikes through the immense wilderness, with the chance of seeing all manner of wildlife, including Polar Bear and Musk Ox.

The 14-day cruise departs on September 16, 2012 and costs from $7750 per person, twin-share, cruise only.  Or for bookings made by September 30, prices start at $6795.

Possibly the only thing more 'out there' than cruising aboard the world's largest and most powerful icebreaker to the North Pole is jumping into a wicker basket and floating over the ice in a hot air balloon. It's arguably the most 'exclusive' adventure on earth: few humans will ever do it as it's only open to a total of 100 people.

Peregrine's 14-day North Pole cruise aboard the 50 Years of Victory – the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in existence – includes landings on Franz Josef Land as well as at the North Pole. An on-board helicopter offers the chance to look down on the awe-inspiring sight of the ship crushing through the pack ice, and 50 people per voyage  - three at a time – can also opt for the tethered hot air balloon flight, at an additional cost of $255.

The cruise begins in Helsinki, Finland and ends in Murmansk, Russia, with charter flights to join the ship. It departs on June 25 and July 6, 2012 and costs from $24, 950 per person, twin share. This includes the cruise; one night pre and post cruise hotel accommodation; all excursions; meals; on-board programme; helicopter flights and charter flight. For bookings made by September 30, the charter flights between Helsinki to Murmansk are free, representing a saving of $1725 per person.

For further information, see your travel agent or Peregrine Travel Centre; call 1300 854 500 or visit www.peregrineadventures.com.