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Founding director of toucanmoon, Debra has many years’ experience in the travel industry and has held director-level positions in several high-profile international companies.

Heritage Expeditions Invites Guests to Join Professor Tim Flannery in Search of Mysterious New Mammals on its Indonesian Explorer Voyage

Pioneering small-ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is taking its citizen science programme to the next level giving guests the opportunity to join legendary mammalogist, conservationist, author and scientist Professor Tim Flannery in his search for mysterious new mammals on its upcoming Indonesian Explorer voyage (7-24 October 2023).

Professor Flannery, a regular special guest with Heritage Expeditions and famously described by Sir David Attenborough as being “in the league of the …

  • Posted: August 10, 2023
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Heritage Expeditions Creates ‘Priced-to-Entice’ Gateway Expedition Cruise – South Pacific Sojourn

Christchurch, New Zealand, 22 May 2023: Pioneering expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has introduced an exciting new ‘priced-to-entice’ voyage South Pacific Sojourn into its 2023 expedition calendar.

Starting in Port Vila, Vanuatu on 7 November 2023, Heritage Expeditions’ newly launched South Pacific Sojourn is an authentic, 10-day adventure cruise sailing through the cobalt blue waters of the South Pacific.  Guests onboard the company’s luxurious 140-guest flagship, Heritage Adventurer, will explore the remote tropical islands, white …

  • Posted: May 22, 2023
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Heritage Expeditions Announces 2024-25 Season And Exciting New Destinations

Pioneering New Zealand-based expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions has released their 2024-25 season featuring an innovative cultural and art focused circumnavigation of Japan, as well as some fresh and exciting highlights for its iconic cruises through Indonesia and Melanesia.

Launching their new 2024-25 season, Heritage Expeditions’ Commercial Director and Expedition Leader Aaron Russ said, “the 2024-25 season continues Heritage Expeditions proud tradition of exceptional, personalised adventures sharing unforgettable, intimate explorations of …

  • Posted: April 24, 2023
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FANGST Restaurant Take-Over Event Welcomes Bocuse D’Or Finalist As Guest Chef

13 March, 2023, Ballstad, Norway:    FANGST, the innovative, contemporary restaurant located in Hattvika Lodge, Ballstad, in Norway’s picture-perfect Lofoten Islands, is proud to announce that Bocuse D’Or podium winner, Christian Andrè Pettersen, will be making a guest appearance during an exciting Restaurant Take-Over Event from 30th March to 1st April.

Christian, who grew up and went to catering college in Bodø, north Norway, knows the region and the origins of its local ingredients well.  In collaboration with FANGST’s regular …

  • Posted: March 13, 2023
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Hattvika Lodge Brings Fine Dining With No Airmiles To The Arctic Circle

30 January 2023, London:  Hattvika Lodge ( in Norway, is delighted to announce its new fine dining restaurant, Fangst – which means ‘catch’ in English – proudly stating that its menu is based solely on local ingredients and no air miles.

Overlooking Ballstad harbour in Norway’s breath-taking Lofoten archipelago, which has been home to a thriving fishing industry for hundreds of years, Fangst naturally bases many of its dishes on seafood, …

  • Posted: January 30, 2023
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Spectacular Northern Lights Photographic Experience

12th December 2022, London:  Witnessing the wonderment of the Northern Lights is likely to be on the bucket list of many people, particularly keen photographers interested in capturing the magical dancing colours of the night sky.   So, the owners of Hattvika Lodge (, a privately-owned property located in Ballstad, an idyllic fishing village in Norway’s Lofoten archipelago, have teamed up with a number of local photography guides to help visitors to maximise the opportunities …

  • Posted: December 12, 2022
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Norwegian Island Lodge Offers Luxury in Authentic Arctic Fishing Village

16 November, 2022, London:  Hattvika Lodge (, situated on the small island of Vestvågøya in Norway’s idyllic Lofoten archipelago, offers exclusive accommodation in restored fishermen’s cottages overlooking the harbour, together with newly-built, freestanding hotel rooms set on the hillside with mountains towering behind.

Privately-owned by the same family for six generations, Hattvika Lodge combines the authenticity of life in Ballstad, a picturesque fishing village just above the Arctic Circle, with the …

  • Posted: November 16, 2022
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Win A Photography Expedition Cruise In The Arctic Circle

London, 13 September 2022:  Secret Atlas is launching a Photography Competition aimed at helping budding photographers with a passion for conservation to enhance their portfolios by winning a place on an expedition cruise around Svalbard in the Arctic.

The small ship cruise specialist’s Our Polar Planet Photography Competition is intended to document the changes taking place in the polar regions, the people and wildlife that are being affected, and to tell …

  • Posted: September 13, 2022
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Polar Pioneer Heads South To Antarctica South Georgia

London, August 2022:  Fresh from her maiden voyage to Svalbard with Secret Atlas following a major refurbishment project which focused on sustainability and upcycling, MV Polar Pioneer, the veteran ice-strengthened expedition vessel, is destined for further adventure on two wildlife and photography cruises, this time in the Southern Hemisphere; the first a 12-day Antarctica Cruise on 1st January 2024  Antarctica Explorer – 12 Day Wildlife & Photography Small Group …

Heritage Expeditions is Getting Back in the Paddle with the Return of its Popular Sea Kayaking Options

4th August 2022 Pioneering small ship expedition cruise company Heritage Expeditions is delighted to announce the return of its popular sea kayaking programme on select Subantarctic, Indonesia and South Pacific voyages.

The reinstatement of the popular paddling options on Galapagos of the Southern Ocean, Forgotten Islands of the South Pacific, Indonesian Explorer and Discover the Secrets of Melanesia coincides with the arrival of Heritage Expeditions luxurious new 140-guest flagship Heritage Adventurer …

  • Posted: August 4, 2022
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