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Northern Magic in Iceland
When it comes to writing about Iceland, a very popular adjective is “magical”. It applies to so many aspects of old and modern-day Iceland, from its enchanting landscapes to its mysterious folklore and the truly magical nightlife of the capital city Reykjavik. Read on for our take on the magical aspects of all things Icelandic.
Living the Dream and Dining in Paris
When you think of the world’s great food cities, Paris is probably top of mind. With over 113 Michelin-starred restaurants, the most of any city in Europe, it has certainly earned its reputation as a dream destination for any foodie.
An Introduction to Prague
Frolicking through this fairytale city… A magical city dating back over a thousand years, Prague is quite literally the heart of central Europe. Medieval streets, Baroque churches, and stunning views draw millions of tourists each year, and for good reason.
The Many Faces of Berlin
Berlin is one of the most popular destinations in Germany and all of Europe. Known for its culture, architecture, diversity, and storied past, Berlin has a unique character unlike any other city in the world. What many people don't realize is how much variety the city contains.
Skiing Destination Geneva
Geneva is a top skiing destination if you're looking for amazing slopes, breathtaking views, and plenty of après-ski fun. Plus, with Geneva's proximity to the Swiss and French Alps, you can enjoy a wealth of skiing areas and resorts to choose from.
Liverpool, the maritime city, sitting in the Northwest of England, has been a prominent feature since the 18th century. The ‘hometown of the Beatles’ was a key port for trade and migration and still provides a beautiful view of the meeting point of River Mersey and the Irish sea.
The Quirky Side of Salzburg
For many, Austria is a fairytale land of sweeping mountain vistas, breathtaking castles and deep history. Salzburg, Austria’s fourth-largest city and one of the oldest city centers in the world, is no exception. Though the city boasts a long record dating back to 696, it offers more than stuffy history and old streets.
Best time to visit Iceland
So, you’ve seen the pictures that look like scenes from another planet and maybe a few films that look like CGI but turn out to have been filmed in Iceland. You probably know that Iceland is your next dream destination, so the only question left is when to visit.
Join the Party in Barcelona
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona offers its visitors a vibrant nightlife full of unforgettable experiences and attractions. If you’re wanting to party from dawn to dusk you’ve come to the right place.
The Whales around Iceland
If you’re visiting Iceland and looking for something unique, an interesting afternoon and an activity for the whole family, we highly recommend an encounter with our whales. Iceland is after all a prime location to go whale watching. At least 23 species of whale have been spotted around Iceland. Some wander occasionally into these waters while others have permanent residence here and are commonly seen close to the shore.
Excursions around Stavanger
If you are visiting Norway and looking for a destination that perfectly encapsulates Scandinavian culture- both historical and modern, then look no further than Stavanger!
What kind of wildlife occupies a remote island in the North Atlantic Ocean, notorious for extreme weather conditions and geothermal activity? In our humble opinion, these seemingly adverse conditions are what make Iceland’s animals simply the best.
Dining in Alicante
From cozy bodegas to Michelin-star restaurants, Costa Blanca is a perfect spot for a gourmet break. Even though this southern region has long been gastronomically gifted, Alicante is quietly becoming one of Spain's culinary hotspots.
The Best of Dublin
Dublin, Ireland’s iconic capital city, is one of Europe’s primary weekend breaks, party destinations, and cultural centers. Not only is Dublin rooted in rich history, but it’s also home to countless incredible attractions. Whether you’re looking for fascinating museums, arts venues, or galleries—Dublin is the place for you. Although Dublin is Ireland’s biggest city, it’s still fairly small compared to London, Paris, and Berlin.
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Ah, St Patrick’s Day, a day that is synonymous with wearing green clothing and drinking green beer. While the day itself is full of festivities and renowned for a party atmosphere, there's actually more to it.
Day Trips from Bologna
Bologna remains an incredibly underrated Italian city. If you visit, the city will bless you with wonderful World Heritage Sites, magnificent Italian food, and a city that’s somewhat off the tourist trail. If you’ve ever been to Italy, you’ll understand the sheer magnitude of the crowds, and Bologna is an escape from that.
Her Majesty the Queen
Since 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has served as The Queen of the United Kingdom. She’s also the head of the Commonwealth, a mixture of 53 sovereign nations that includes numerous former British territories. Queen Elizabeth II has been extremely popular throughout her reign. She’s helped to stabilize the British monarchy at a time when monarchs have fallen worldwide.
The Beaches of Malaga
Suppose you’re looking for the ultimate beach getaway in Europe? You’ll struggle to find somewhere better than Malaga. Not only is Malaga home to over 300 days of yearly sunshine, the warmest winters in Europe, and scorching hot summers, but it’s also home to world-class beaches.
Attractions in and around Orlando
Orlando has been dubbed the Theme Park Capital of the World, and for a good reason. More than 60 million people flock to the city's theme parks every year in hopes of riding roller coasters, getting soaked on water rides, and meeting their favorite Disney characters.
The Best of Boston
Boston is an iconic city, and Bostonians often lovingly call it "Beantown" or the "Athens of America". It lies on the eastern side of the commonwealth of Massachusetts in the northeast part of the country. It offers so much for any curious visitor. You'll be spoilt for choices on what to sample in this vibrant city, and in our opinion, Boston is one of the best places to visit in the United States.
The Pubs of London
London is one of the world’s significant megacities, attracting almost 30 million tourists every year. The city is an eclectic mixture of cosmopolitan diversity, fast-paced energy, world-class arts, glorious entertainment, ancient architecture, and a historical significance that somehow relates to your home country, regardless of where you’re from.
The Highlights of Copenhagen
Copenhagen is an incredible city full of delicious food, fun activities, and beautiful views—all rich with Danish history. In fact, from the moment you land and hop on the metro toward the city, you’ll be engulfed in the gorgeous scenery. Once you finally arrive, you’ll see why it’s rumored to be the happiest city on the planet.
The Atlantic Puffin
Of all the amazing wildlife found in and around Iceland, one little bird is undeniably the superstar of the show. This is of course the Atlantic Puffin. Famous for its rainbow bill, its puppy-dog eyes and its adorable waddle, this is hands down the cutest little sea bird known to man. And that’s not all. It has some ridiculously cute characteristics, traits and a lifestyle that sounds like something out of a children’s book.
The Arrondissements of Paris
Paris is one of the most beautiful places to visit any time of year. Whether a romantic vacation or a family trip, Paris has something for everyone to enjoy. Tailor your trip based on what kind of adventure you’re seeking by exploring the different arrondissements of this gorgeous city.
Activities and Tours in Gran Canaria
If Spain is calling your name, make sure to head south and spend some time on the island of Gran Canaria. With over 865,000 inhabitants, this is one of the most populous of Spain's Canary Islands.
Top Things to do in Trondheim
Trondheim is one of the oldest cities in Norway and, in fact, the third-largest one. It boasts a rich history that saw the crowning of new kings, and it was Norway's capital until late 1217.
Gothenburg's Greatest Hits
Perfectly situated between Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen, the second-largest city in Sweden was once a largely Dutch trading port. Originally founded in 1604, the original settlement burned down, attacked by marauding Danes (you can’t keep a good Viking down). However, when established by Royal Charter in 1621, gifted by Swedish King Gustavus Adolphus following the Thirty Years War, the city finally flourished.
Day Tours around Trondheim
Norway is the Land of the Midnight Sun, known for Vikings, mythical folklore, the spectacular northern lights, and some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. While most visitors head to Oslo and Bergen as the most popular cities in Norway, Trondheim is an excellent choice for travelers seeking the off-beaten path.
The Foodie's Guide to Stavanger
Step aside Oslo, Stavanger is here and ready to rock the foodie world! Stavanger is the fourth largest municipality situated in the western part of Norway. Stepping into Stavanger is like stepping back in time as they have tons of wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that are protected.
The Highlights of New York
The Big Apple, the city of lights, or the city that never sleeps, no matter what name you use to refer to New York City, there is no denying that it will be instantly recognized. New York City has some of the best city highlights in all of America, something that accounts for it being one of the busiest tourist spots in the country.
The Icelandic Horse
You may have heard about the Icelandic horse and seen pictures of these adorable fluffy creatures in their winter coats outside in a storm. Perhaps you’ve seen them yourself on a driving excursion in Iceland or even met them on the other side of a fence trying to convince you that they need just a few more treats before you move on. But this stout little character is much more than meets the eye.
The Ultimate Shopping Experience - Woodbury Common
Planning a trip to New York and hoping to do some shopping? Why not try a day trip to the Woodbury Common? Built for shopaholics who desire premium goods at bargain prices, Woodbury Common has it all. From the most premium brands in apparel, cosmetics, watches, jewelry, and other fashion accessories, to the most exclusive tipple brands.
The Swimming Pools of Iceland
Iceland’s geothermal water is a fundamental part of the nation and an important piece in the puzzle that makes this country inhabitable. Iceland’s warmth, and Iceland is a lot warmer than you might think, comes primarily from this source. As a result, the country’s many public pools are nearly all outdoor pools and function as places of sport, recreation, leisure, wellness and social meeting place for people of all ages.
Iceland’s Ring Road
Driving the Ring Road is a classic pastime for locals and referred to as “going the circle”. It’s a 1,322 km paved road that circles the coastline of Iceland with the exception of the Westfjords. While it has been done in one go or even in just two days, it’s best to give it at least a week to enjoy this trip to its fullest. Check out our handy guide to a perfect circle along Route 1.
The Star of the Show - The Northern Lights
What can you say about the northern lights? Well, for starters, they’re the most wonderful thing in the world. They vary in scope, vibrancy, and color but with the northern lights in the picture, there’s never a dull moment. They are one of Iceland’s most popular attractions and even jaded locals will stop what they’re doing and gaze up at them dancing in the dark.
Driving in Iceland
There’s nothing quite like a road trip in Iceland. Most visitors will comment on the seemingly endless surprises revealed at every turn, the vast views, and extraordinary landscapes. An excursion in Iceland should prove to be an experience like no other, but we meant what we said: there’s nothing quite like a road trip in Iceland. This means thinking like a sheep, staying on top of the weather forecast and expecting the unexpected.
The Icelandic Sheepdog
By now you’ve probably realized that Iceland is full of adorable animals such as the extremely popular puffin and the famous Icelandic horse. Another ridiculously cute domestic animal that Icelanders love and adore is the Icelandic sheepdog. Known for their friendly character and a hairdo to rival any 80s beauty queen, these adorable herders are fun-loving and loyal members of their family pack.
Highlights of Iceland
Iceland has in recent years become one of the world’s hottest tourist destinations. This seemingly remote island in the North Atlantic flew under the radar for a very long time but in recent decades, the world is catching on to what a gem Iceland truly is. So, here’s a list of reasons why you should travel to Iceland.
The Luxury Lagoons of Iceland
When it comes to luxury, nothing beats the geothermal heat of Iceland. This blog is about the top-end luxury spas and lagoons in Iceland. For info about Iceland’s public pools and natural hot baths, check out our other blogs on the subject. This is not an exhaustive list but mentions highlights from each part of the country.