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4 All our holidays are bound by our Terms & Conditions, which can be found on our websiteFlexible PricingDue to constantly changing currencies, fuel prices and airfares, we've adopted a flexible approach to pricing to ensure we give you the best possible price at the time of booking. Our brochure prices are to be used as guidelines only - the actual price will be confirmed when you book your holiday and it may end up being lower or higher, than shown in the brochure. Up-to-date pricing is available on our website or can be obtained by calling our team of travel specialists. This policy allows us to give you the best possible price at the time of booking, including any special offers. Remember, once we have booked and confirmed your holiday your price is fully guaranteed. Price Promise In the unlikely event that you should find the same holiday arrangements elsewhere at a lower price, our Price Promise means that we will do our best to improve on it. Do bear in mind that arrangements which appear the same can be very different - we are very particular about the partners we work with and only do so with the best and most reliable.Full Tailor-Made ServiceOur expertise lies in tailor-made travel which means, not only will we adapt any of the itineraries presented in this brochure or on our website to suit your personal requirements - we can even create your holiday 'from scratch'. We can arrange flights, accommodation, car hire, excursions and activities, as well as a number of 'extras' such as insurance and airport parking.Specialist Advice With such a profusion of destinations, holidays and experiences on offer, it is not always easy to know where to start planning your holiday - which is where we can help. Our team know our destinations inside out having travelled extensively within them and some have even lived there. Our Travel Specialists are on hand to create a holiday to suit your interests, timescale and budget, as well as give practical advice and insider tips.Voted Top 10 Tour Operator by Wanderlust readersAfter nearly 30 years we're not resting on our laurels and continue to work hard to maintain our reputation as the UK's Scandinavia and Arctic specialists, but don't just take our word for it... for many years Discover the World has been voted as one of Wanderlust readers top 10 UK Tour Operators, out of a field of around 1500+ companies. We particularly value this award from the readers of the UK's top travel magazine, as they certainly know a thing or two about travel!Booking with Discover the World will ensure you experience a quality, value-for-money holiday, financial and consumer protection, with 24/7 support and the assurance that you will be looked after every step of the way. More reasons why you should book with usAITO Quality StatementDiscover the World is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain's leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. Discover the World abides by the Association's Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter which can be viewed at - visit the website to find out more about the Association or call 020 8744 9280.Scan with your smartphone and visit our website!Use the QR codes printed in this brochure to take you straight to our website when you scan them with your smartphone. The codes can be found on each holiday page and will link you to further information about the trip as well as the current prices. You must be able to access the Internet on your mobile device and it will need to be equipped with a QR code reader application, available for download at No.V2823© Andrey Stenkin Talk to the experts 01737 214 257 55Our top 5 things you should know about the northern lightsHow Do I Photograph Them? Generally you'll need a tripod as exposures from several seconds to almost 20 give the best results. SLR camera users should try a wide angle lens with a wide aperture as well as setting their ISO levels to high - for further tips visit our website. On your winter holiday you'll see numerous books and postcards showing spectacular night skies but these have been put together by people with years of experience - not to say that complete novices don't succeed - we've had some amazing shots sent in to us by first timers! But more often than not, people tend to simply stand beneath a display and marvel at its magnificence - also beats having to take your gloves off to try and work your camera!Will I Definitely See Them? Most people appreciate the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and we can't turn them on for you! But what we can do is get you to locations across the northern hemisphere where sightings are generally known to be better than anywhere else. And what's more, those places have plenty of things to see and do during the day whilst you are not star gazing. Patience is the key as well as a clear, cloudless winter's night. Displays can occur any time from around 5pm but most activity tends to be a little later - fortunately on many of our holidays featured in this brochure you can opt to be woken during the night so you don't miss a thing! Why Are Displays Different Colours? Most people lucky enough to see the aurora will witness a display of neon green lights. If you are really lucky then that display might be yellow and red, or even multi-coloured. The differences depend on two main factors: what type of gas is reacting with the solar particles and at what altitude this activity is taking place. Most of it occurs 100-200km above the Earth - a level where 'excited' nitrogen atoms glow green and blue. And above 200km, oxygen atoms glow red when reacting with charged particles from the Sun. What Is So Special About 2012-13? You may have heard about the Sunspot Cycle and how it is linked to sightings of the northern lights. The cycle is generally around 11 years and this coming season it reaches its peak, the Solar Max. Sunspots are temporary dark patches which are cooler than the rest of the surface of the Sun and when these increase in number, so too does the amount of solar flare activity and the subsequent possibility of auroral displays. This doesn't mean you won't see displays during other periods of the cycle, as activity is constant, just that displays at the peak may be more intense or more frequent. And if sightings experienced over the last season are anything to go by, then this coming season should see some incredible displays. What Are The Northern Lights? Solar flares are explosions ejected by the Sun. These flares contain charged particles and if they head our way, carried on a solar wind, Earth's magnetic fields divert them. Most disappear into space but if some enter our upper atmosphere, around the Polar Regions where those magnetic fields converge, then these charged particles react with the gases found there. These magnetic fields create auroral ovals around the top and bottom of our planet which move and distort as the Earth rotates and solar flare activity increases. You have to be within an auroral oval for a chance of seeing this particle/gas reaction hence why you need to travel north. Please remember that witnessing a display of the aurora cannot be guaranteed even when conditions seem just right. Displays should be seen as a bonus to your winter break. Visit our website for more information about the northern lights and see remarkable images that will no doubt inspire you to travel north this winter.© Sara Winter