Image Credit: Paul Goldstein

Image Credit: Paul Goldstein

In the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, HMS Erebus undertook two of the most ambitious naval expeditions of all time. On the first, she ventured further south than any human had ever been. On the second, she vanished with her 129-strong crew in the wastes of the Canadian Arctic. Her fate remained a mystery for over 160 years. Then, in 2014, she was found. This is her story.

To celebrate the paperback release of Michael Palin’s Erebus, we’ve partnered with small group adventure specialists Exodus Travels. Exodus have over 45 years’ experience of creating extraordinary holidays – they’re currently offering you the chance to win a five-day Arctic Lights & Whales tour for two people.

This spectacular trip visits the Vesteralen Islands in Northern Norway, an archipelago which sits within the Arctic Circle, which offers incredible scenery, including stunning fjords and imposing mountains as well as an abundance of wildlife. Being this far north also makes a great spot for viewing the Northern Lights.

To be in with the chance of winning this incredible trip, simply enter below.

Terms and conditions apply. This competition closes 11.59pm on 31 July 2019.

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Terms and Conditions

• No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw

• To enter the Prize Draw you must provide your name and email. If you have any questions about how to enter or in connection with the Prize Draw, please email us at with ‘Erebus competition’ in the subject line

• The prize is two places on the Exodus Travels Arctic Lights & Whales Tour for two people

• The prize includes return economy flights [airline chosen by Exodus Travels Ltd], accommodation, transport while on the tour, meals and activities as outlined in the itineraries on the Exodus UK website

• The prize does not include transfers to/from the airport, visas, insurance, pre/post night accommodation or airport taxes

• The closing date of the competition is 11.59pm on the 31st July 2019. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be counted. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned

• The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion

• Selected departure dates are offered up to 31st December 2020. The prize tour is subject to availability

• This prize is subject to Exodus Travels’ standard booking terms and conditions, available here, and are subject to availability

• No employees of Exodus Travels, The Travelopia Group, their subsidiaries, group companies or other company associated with this promotion will be eligible to enter

• The prize draw will be made on 1st August 2019 

• The winner will be selected at random. The decision of Exodus will be final. No correspondence will be entered into

• The winner will be notified within 7 days of the draw date. If the winner does not accept the prize or if contact cannot be made within 28 days of the draw, the prize will be forfeited and offered to a substitute winner. It is the entrant's responsibility to notify Exodus of any change in contact information

• If you are the winner, you may be required to participate in any publicity or promotion organised by the Promoter; this may include printing your name on the Exodus website at or other group promotional material

• The prize is not transferable; it is only for the use of the winner (i.e. the lead passenger) and there is no cash alternative.

• The promoter is Exodus Travels Limited, a member of the Travelopia Group of Companies. Registered UK Office: Origin One, 108 High Street, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1BD.

• The surname and county of the winner will be available by sending a SAE to the Promoter after 1st August 2019 at the following address: Exodus, DST House, Surbiton, KT6 4BH.

• Entry into this prize draw implies acceptance of these rules and conditions

• By entering this competition, all entrants consent to the use of their personal data by the Promoter for the purposes of running the competition as detailed in these terms and conditions. Details on how we process the personal data of entrants can be found in our Privacy Policy and Exodus’s Privacy Policy.

• Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

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