From seeing huskies and reindeer travel across frozen winter scenes to catching a splash of a whale’s tail and a breach of a playful dolphin, nothing compares to witnessing wildlife in their natural habitat.
Nature holidays are a large focus here at Artisan Travel. Not only do we have some extremely noteworthy natural landscapes to show off, but the native animals that call it home are just as exceptional. During many of our holidays, you will get the chance to have some once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters.
Whether you want to see the animals that are tough enough to stick out a Lappish winter or you want to see the marine life cruising the warm waters, we have a wildlife holiday to suit you.
Arctic wildlife holidays
Our winter destinations offer an abundance of wildlife experiences. Travelling to the Arctic, you could see reindeer in almost all of our winter destinations, huskies in locations such as Harriniva, Finland and even polar bears in Ranua, Finnish Lapland. The Wildlife Park in Ranua is home to around 50 different species, so you’ll see a range of Arctic animals including wolves, bears and foxes.
Marine wildlife holidays
There are just as many amazing species living below the surface, too. In Iceland, whale-watching is a real highlight as you head out on a boat tour to look out for the abundance of marine life found here. You could see minke and humpback whale as well as white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises.
The Azores and Madeira are relatively unheard-of archipelagos situated in the mid-Atlantic but are renowned for their marine life. Both the BBC and National Geographic have visited the Azores due to their whale watching opportunities and in Madeira, the sea is warm and pleasant which makes it a perfect year-round base for all sorts of marine life. From bottlenose and Atlantic-spotted dolphins to humpback and short-finned pilot whales, the variety of species found here is incredible.
In both destinations, you’ll have the opportunity to go whale and dolphin watching. As well as this, you’ll get the chance to tick off a real bucket-list experience and swim with the wild dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean.
Our holidays in Tromsø, Norway offer more whale-watching opportunities as well as the chance to see sea eagles and puffins.
Have your own wildlife holiday
We know that you may wish to have a more dedicated focus on wildlife during your holiday which is why our Artisan Travel Experts are on hand to help. We can often arrange additional activities and utilise our guides’ local knowledge and expertise to personalise your itinerary and make your holiday a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your wildlife interests.
Image credits: State of Alaska, Michael DeYoung, Iceland Pro Travel, All Alaska Tours & Antti Pietikainen