V&J Bucket List 2021
The year of 2020 caught us all by surprise and created a year full of challenges and changes, making us aware of certain etiquettes. This does not mean that we cannot continue to dream and start looking towards 2021 as the year to travel more consciously, carrying more for the destinations we are visiting, the local communities we are engaging with and the exceptional wild environments we are experiencing.
We are excited to present our 2021 bucket list of unique adventure destinations, each one of them offering life-enhancing experiences.
Join our founders for a road trip of a lifetime, from Amsterdam (in the Netherlands) to Monte Carlo (in Monaco). Discover these legendary automobile destinations, explore the infamous Auto Bahn and lap the Hockenheim ring in the latest Porsche GT3 RS together with a former Formula 1 driver. Drive the spectacular and challenging roads through the mountains of Switzerland, following these magnificent roads through Lake Como (in the beautiful green hills of Italy) downwards to Nice (in France). Witness the most famous Formula 1 Grand Prix in the world, experiencing the F1 adrenaline from the paddock. Live the legendary and unforgettable parties during the weekend.
São Tome & Príncipe Islands
At 225 kilometres off the coast of Gabon you will find a remote two-island and eco-friendly São Tomé & Príncipe, known as the African Galapagos. The islands were once the world’s largest producers of cacao and also where Sir Arthur Eddington first demonstrated Einstein’s theory of general relativity, during a 1919 solar eclipse. Today covered with rich tropical jungles, these Island are host of pure unexplored wilderness and endemic wildlife. Although palm trees decorate the beautiful sandy beaches, these deep blue waters rupture with tropical marine life, a true UNESCO biosphere. Join marine biologists for sea turtle research and conservation; dive into the majestic blue waters where lively coral reefs host tropical fish, rays, moray eels and an abundance of green turtles. Engage with the local community and learn about their culture and African heritage. Explore the lush green, volcanic slopes of Pico do Cão, the islands highest peak, rewarding you with sensational panorama views. These extraordinary islands are appearing as a very interesting new frontier in ecotourism with lodges offering the highest comfort together with unexplored wilderness.
Are you looking for a destination where few have been and where nature still rules with her forces? So, Greenland is the place to go. A country covered by Arctic ice together with an enormous wildlife activity and fascinating Inuit culture. We offer several ways to travel around Greenland, providing you with unique perceptions into this fascinating and wild environment. One of our options is to sail with our Yacht Expeditions – let us take you out of your comfort zone and into an unchartered world of snowy mountain tops, unforgiving tundra, valleys and ocean depths, fjord systems that team with marine life, and picturesque villages made up of colourfully painted houses. Join our specialists and step in your Big-Bo 4x4 to explore abandoned missile-detection stations like the DYE2 hidden deep into the snowy landscapes. Go heli-skiing under the beautiful sights of the midnight sun; paddle through soaring icebergs; experience Greenland’s majestic landscapes from the perspective of a dog sled that snowmobiling simply cannot match; or just go “arctic char fishing” in remote mountain valleys, accompanied by pristine fast-flowing rivers. Greenland is made for those discerning connoisseurs who want to experience the wilderness.
Antarctica & Total Solar Eclipse 2021
Embark on the ultimate adventure to Antarctica, known for its breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife and the opportunities it provides for scientific research, conservation and discovery. On December 4, 2021, this extraordinary stage is set for a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. Join your fellow guests on the deck as the luminosity of Antarctica changes into darkness, stunning does not even begin to cover this experience. We have several fantastic cruise voyage options that will let you experience this incredible phenomenon in great grandeur with Voyages & Journeys way.
We also offer the option to view this exceptional polar eclipse aboard your private yacht with our Yacht Expeditions, letting you be awe-inspired as you relax in complete splendour. Joined by a professional photographer to assist you to take the perfect shot while listen to an astronomic scientist that highlights the eclipse, a truly extraordinary experience. Sail to Enterprise Island in search for humpback whales and orcas, embark the helicopter for skiing down the mountains above the beautiful views of the fjords. Dive into the deep blue waters of Paradise Bay with your submersible and be amazed by the underwater paradise of Antarctica or visit the old whaling stations and shipwrecks left behind. Fly to Mount Shackelton to savour a sundowner while watching a one-of-a-kind sunset or visit trinity Island, home to various penguin colonies, witness how they flourish. Make your 2021 an experience of a lifetime, while combining the White Desert with a spectacular total solar eclipse.
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda is packed-in an astonishing array of jaw-dropping scenery, eco-diversity and warm, friendly people offering unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in the world. It has an extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains. Head north and explore the natural wonders of unspoiled rainforests, make acquaintances with silverback and mountain gorillas within the lush jungle of the Volcanoes National Park. To the south lies the Nyungwe National Park – this mist-swaddled rainforest is alive with 13 species of primate and 300 species of bird, including the exquisite ruwenzori turaco. More to the east you will discover the savannah of Akagera, a varied terrain shelters wildlife such as elephants, lions, and hundreds of bird species, such as the rare shoebill stork. Rwanda really does have it all.
Along the Equator, where the Atlantic Ocean clashes on the western coastline of Africa, Gabon is in a prime position for an abundance of natural beauty. With 80% covered in dense forest, 13 national parks with exceptional biodiversity, where beautiful mangroves meet the expansive 900 kilometres of coastline, maybe you will even spot surfing hippos while strolling on the beach. Gabon offers a spectacular range of wildlife in its dense rainforests and open savannah. Head to Loango National Park, an exceptional place even to the most jaded safari hand, the Ramsar wetland site, where buffalos and gorillas graze the banks, and elephants spray bath in these rich waters. Visit the Mitshogo and Punu communities and observe a unique initiation ceremony of the Bwiti belief system, that undergo a spiritual discipline using the root bark of the Iboga plant in the rites of ancestral worship, to conjure hallucinogenic visions, while musicians play harps and drums. Be amazed by the rhythm and movement covered by occultism. It is truly an experience that you will never forget. Join our specialists on a journey through the highlights of this beautiful country.