Mývatn Nature Baths, Iceland

Friday Photo Roundup: Nordic Swimming

Welcome to a wet and wild edition of Friday Photo Roundup! This week we’re diving into the #nordicvisitor Instagram feed to find the best snaps of Nordic Visitor travellers enjoying a bit of arctic swimming on their winter holidays.

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Photo of the Month: Snow Dogs in Finland

A lot of Nordic Visitor travellers find inspiration in films. In Iceland, you can explore Game of Thrones filming locations. In Scotland, you can immerse yourself in the magic of Harry Potter’s world. In Stockholm, you can walk the same sophisticated streets from Stieg Larsson’s thrillers. As for Amy Charles, our Nordic Photo of the Month winner for March 2017, her dream of dog-sledding in Finland was also inspired by a movie. (Which one? Find out in the interview below!)

A professional dressage horse rider and enthusiastic solo traveller, Amy is an inspiration in her own right. She recently explored snowy Finland on Nordic Visitor’s Winter Week on Top of the World, a 6-day adventure in the winter resort town of Levi in the Lapland region. She has also previously travelled on one of Nordic Visitor’s guided small group tours in Iceland, so she’s no stranger to rugged, outdoorsy destinations.

We were thrilled to have a chance to hear more about Amy’s trip, her inspirations and her words of advice for other solo travellers and visitors to the Arctic.
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My Snæfellsnes: West is Best

The Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is home to roaring waterfalls, sweeping black sand beaches, and the towering Snæfellsjökull glacier. The glacier covers a dormant volcano that is known from the novel “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth” by Jules Verne. The contrasts in the landscape are incredible—from black sand and lava rock formations to mossy hills and cascading waterfalls.

No wonder this area of Iceland was named as one of the must-see travel destinations of 2017! It’s no surprise that it’s one of our favourite places as well. Two of our Nordic Visitor travel consultants, Brynja and Hildur, recently went on a trip here. We caught up with Brynja to hear about what they saw and did out west. Continue reading…

Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Northern Europe: Best Places to Go in 2017

Asking us to choose which of our destinations we think is best is an impossible task…we love them all! But if you’re in need of some serious inspiration for new places to explore in Northern Europe, the annual “best of” lists by the world’s leading travel publications are a good place to start.

This year, the lists all point to a yearning for quiet and relaxation, with a special focus on underrated destinations that offer great value for the money. In addition to a few of our usual Nordic Visitor hotspots making the cut for 2017, we’re thrilled to see some of our more “off the radar” destinations getting some well deserved attention.

The biggest winners? Scotland and Finland. These two Nordic Visitor destinations are on the lips of every travel editor these days…and for good reason. Below we break down the reasons behind the rankings and throw in our own local travel tips as well. Continue reading…

My Lofoten: Charming Villages & Dramatic Landscapes

Lofoten, an archipelago above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway, is well known for its natural beauty, unique light conditions and idyllic villages with rustic fishermen huts. The Lofoten archipelago is an inspiration for photographers and artists. In the winter when daylight hours are short, Lofoten is an excellent place for viewing the northern lights, perhaps from the deck of a sightseeing cruise or while enjoying a fine dinner of local seafood.

Petra and Sindre, Icelandic natives and two of our Nordic Visitor travel experts based in Reykjavik, stopped in to the blog to tell us about their adventurous work trip to Lofoten. Continue reading…