Of all the things to do in a holiday, witnessing the wonders of the universe should be placed highly on your list of desires. It’s one thing to just go to a different country to experience life differently, but to see the world differently is another level. In fact, you may never ever forget what you see when you’re looking at the world in a way that can challenge your viewpoint on life itself. The Northern Lights are one of the few wonders that have this kind of effect on those that see them with their own eyes. You suddenly realise that you’re so small and something much larger is going on right now. The age and maturity of the earth can also be seen for the first time, as the power of millions of tons of water blasting down spits up a misty vapour. It takes millions of years for a waterfall to form and to gather enough steam and body of water, that it’s flow is recognised from around the world. After experiencing these two phenomena, what better way ever, to end a holiday by gliding on a giant swan that can power through an entire ocean of 3,419 miles in less than a week?
What’s the fuss about?
How could you experience multiple locations, meet different people and immerse yourself within different cultures all in one trip? Unless you’re planning on a European road trip that sees you travelling through many countries and stopping off at certain cities and towns, then there aren’t many options of the same kind. Unless however, you are going on a Cruise & Stay which is about visiting different countries and having an overnight stay in each. You can book your trip of this kind where the hub of all cruise holiday and travel activity is i.e. the Bolsover Cruise Club. all the major cruise lines are here and they each offer different kinds of cruise and stay trips. One of the more popular lines which is Cunard which are experts in transatlantic crossings have a trip that covers Reykjavik, Iceland, Toronto, Canada, America, New York and perhaps the most famous port of all cruises, Southampton, England. It’s a trip that will begin in Iceland itself, so you’re not actually boarding one of their ocean liners first. You’ll be jetting off from Heathrow to go to the Icelandic capital to go see the Northern Lights.
Neon green skies
After a night of staying in a 4-star hotel in Reykjavik, you’ll be having a day of leisure. It’s totally up to you what you do so plan your own day of activities. Part of this kind of trip is that it is longer and more relaxed. This give you an opportunity to formulate your own ideas, and have more freedom to choose what you do and enjoy, rather than be herded around like shorter trips must do. In the evening, you’ll be taking the Northern Lights Mystery Tour which is famous all around the world. The location of Iceland means that it’s close to the North Pole and right near the top of the planet. Therefore you’ll see the activity of the earth’s magnetic field and the solar rays and radiation that is hitting the field and bouncing off. Snaking through the skies in a neon green, the Aurora Borealis to give it it’s scientific term lights up the brightest around winter time. When solar winds and charged particles collide in the high atmosphere it creates a reaction that culminates into green and slightly reddish lights.
The world’s biggest jacuzzi
Wake up again in Reykjavik for the last time on this trip, to go to the world’s largest natural jacuzzi, the Blue Lagoon. It’s a geothermal spa, where the water is a wonderful light blue and steaming thanks to the heated ground at this location. You’re around 230 metres from sea level which makes it all the more fascinating that the water temperature is 37 to 39 degrees Celsius. There’s rich mineral content in the underground geological layers that is pushed up through the surface making it very healthy for the skin. No wonder then, that some people that have psoriasis are known to find it soothing and sometimes even treat their condition effectively. The fact that hot water is not very good for dry skin and yet still the Blue Lagoon has a great effect on those with exceptionally dry skin shows you the great benefits of bathing in this 12-mile long natural jacuzzi.
Covered in mist
Wave goodbye to the mysterious land of Iceland, and fly off to Toronto where you’ll be experiencing the Niagara Falls in a different way. On arrival, you’ll quickly be picked up and driven to a 4-star hotel in the area of the falls that is specially dedicated to the natural attraction. You’ll be staying her for 2 nights so again, plan your own activities that coincide with the main pre-planned events. On the night of your landing, you can travel out of the hotel after checking in and situating yourself in your room. Find a restaurant or a local eatery of some kind, you need not bury yourself in your room until tomorrow.
The next day, you’ll wake up and be given a helicopter ride over the Niagara Falls. You’ll literally be in among the mist that is shot up from the falls due to the large height the water crashes down from. After the ride, you can once again go about your day by yourself and do whatever tickles your fancy. This will be last night you stay in your hotel as in the morning you need to make your own way to rail station that is approximately 2 miles away.
The Big Apple
After boarding the AMTRAK from Niagara Falls you’ll be travelling to New York for around 12 hours. That’s a long trip but don’t worry food and refreshments will be served on the train. It’s wise to bring your own snacks and items that will make you comfortable for the ride although there is a bed you will have to yourself. Things like neck pillows and blankets are a good idea, as well as hand-held fans to keep yourself cool if it gets a bit stuffy in your compartment. Arriving in the Big Apple you will be driven to a central 4-star hotel that’s in the Theater District. You will be departing in the morning so make the best of the time you have and consider planning ahead for things like plays, restaurants and other leisurely activities.
Trip of the ages
The very next day, you’ll be heading off to the Brooklyn Cruise terminal where you will be met by the Queen Mary 2 the largest ocean liner to ever be built. Then, you will depart for Southampton which will take an approximate 6-7 days at sea. Enjoy what the Queen Mary 2 has to offer in the way of food, water activities, live performances and of course the traditional British tea which is an occasion on the ship. It occurs every day, but one must dress accordingly as men are expected to be in black tie attire and women in their evening gowns. You’ll have all the time in the world to witness the Atlantic Ocean in all it’s raw glory and indeed, look up to the heavens to witness the starry skies at night.
From the mysterious green lights of Iceland, the hot waters of the lagoon, the misty falls in Toronto, entering into the concrete jungle and then finally back down to Southampton, this cruise and stay trip is one of a kind. It’s classy and the pace of travel is calm. You have plenty of time to do as you wish in all the different locations so plan ahead!