Tromsø – Capital of Arctic Norway

This Gateway to the Arctic is also known as the "Paris of the North": DAY 5: Stokmarknes - Sortland - Risøyhamn - Harstad - Finnsnes - Tromsø - Skjervøy. You awake to find the ship sailing between Norway's two largest islands, Hinnoya and Senja. Or perhaps, earlier still, in Harstad. Finnsnes … [Read more...]

Making it to the Arctic Circle!

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Arctic Circle, Norway: DAY 4: Brønøysund - Sandnessjøen - Nesna - Ørnes - Bodø - Stamsund - Svolvaer. You will have passed the Arctic Circle before the whole ship is fully awake.  The ship will follow the mighty Borvasstindene Mountains before arriving into … [Read more...]

Trondheim, a Viking town and Norway’s Coronation City

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Trondheim Visit, Norway: DAY 3: Trondheim - Rørvik. Arrive Trondheim at 6.00 a.m. Trondheim, Norway's third largest city, founded by Olav Tryggvasson in 977 AD, has a strong academic flavour and can boast the country's oldest school, first official theatre and … [Read more...]

Visiting Alesund and Molde on our Norwegian Cruise

Hurtigruten Norwegian Cruise - Alesund and Molde Visits, Norway: DAY 2:  Floro - Maloy - Torvik - Alesund - Molde - Kristiansund. Early arrival at Maloy at 06:45 The ship rounds the Cape of Stadt, Norway's westernmost point. You will pass the bird rock of Runde where 32 species of birds are … [Read more...]

Arriving at Bergen Flesland Airport, Bergen

Norwegian Coastal Voyage - Bergen, Norway DAY 1: Bergen. Arrival in Bergen.  Catch Hurtigruten transfer from Bergen Flesland Airport to Hurtigruten terminal at Nostebryggen Quay.  Boarding starts at 16:00. (Light Snack) We arrive at Bergen Flesland Airport at 16:50, too late to … [Read more...]

Vienna, the City of Music

Vienna has what many travellers want: Vienna is one of the cultural capitals of Europe with a cultural calendar that's packed with concerts, festivals and balls throughout the year. For music alone, there are hundreds of concerts annually catering to locals as well as music lovers from all over … [Read more...]

Innsbruck, Capital of the Alps

Innsbruck, a City that Many would Love to Call Home: Innsbruck markets itself as the Capital of the Alps and it's no wonder that the city was twice chosen to host the Winter Olympics (1964 und 1976). Wedged between two mountain chains, Innsbruck is positioned right in the middle of the … [Read more...]

Where to Stay on Your Fatima Holiday

A Central Hotel Just Next to the Fatima Shrine: We arrive at Fatima in the evening and there is just enough time to have a quick shower before dinner. There's a mass and candlelight procession on tonight at 21:30 at the Chapel of the Apparitions and we are fortunate that our hotel for the … [Read more...]

Cruising Norway’s Spectacular Coastline with Hurtigruten

A Spectacular Voyage along Norway's Coast: The Hurtigruten 12-day Norwegian Coastal Voyage from Bergen-Kirkenes-Bergen is a spectacular voyage showcasing Norway's scenic coastline, its rich sea heritage and the life of communities along the coastal stretch.  Doing the cruise at Christmas time, … [Read more...]

Óbidos – Portugal’s Perfect Medieval Fortress

Óbidos Is Sometimes Referred to as "Queen's Town": One of my favourite destinations in Portugal is Óbidos.  This pretty and well preserved medieval town is sometimes called the "Queen's Town". When King Dinis married Isabel of Aragon in 1282, Óbidos was one of the wedding presents that he gave … [Read more...]