Friday Photo Roundup: Summertime Magic in the Nordics

Welcome to Friday Photo Roundup!

Summertime is a short but magical time of year here in the Nordic countries, a season when sunsets linger, nature blooms and old traditions and folklore come to life. And judging by all the wonderful travel photos we’re seeing on Instagram lately, it seems a lot of magic has been happening on #NordicVisitor  tours this summer.

Let’s take a look at this week’s featured snaps…

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Sólheimasandur (1000x668)

Nordic Photo of the Month: Iceland Rocks!

When Mike Murat and his family visited Iceland in June, they left no stone unturned on their 8-day journey.

Travelling on Nordic Visitor’s South and West in Detail self-drive tour, they packed their week full of outdoor adventures that saw them experiencing Iceland’s extreme contrasts in landscapes, from the aftermath of ancient volcanic eruptions to the icy expanses that give the country its name.

A geophysicist by trade, Mike combined his deeply-rooted interest in geology with his love of Leica photography for some truly stunning results on his Instagram account. And for that, he is our Nordic Photo of the Month winner for August 2016.

When they weren’t trekking over volcanic black sands, like at the eerie-looking Sólheimasandur (this month’s featured photo on our Facebook page, pictured at top), they met friendly horses, hiked on glaciers, felt the mist of waterfalls, saw marine life on a boat tour and more.

To get the stories behind the photos, join us for a Q&A session with Mike below… Continue reading…

Aerial view of Westman Islands - Iceland.is

In brief: Iceland’s volcanic Westman Islands

Known as “The Land of Fire & Ice”, Iceland is a veritable playground for geology enthusiasts. One area in particular truly puts the “fire” in the nickname: the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar).

The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)

The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) are easily seen from Iceland’s south coast. But why not get a little closer?

Located about 10 km (6 miles) off Iceland’s south coast, this small, volcanic archipelago makes for a wonderful, off-the-beaten-path day tour from Reykjavik or detour from road trips along Route 1, the “Ring Road”.

Pompeii of the North

All of the archipelago’s 15 islands have evolved from underwater eruptions, and Heimaey (“Home Island”), the only inhabited island, is famous as the site of one of Iceland’s biggest natural disasters in recent history. Continue reading…

Rainbow over Skye

Photo of the Month: Scotland’s Colourful Skye

Double rainbows are considered auspicious in many cultures, and it seems that luck was on Ray Korsch‘s side in Scotland.

Ray and his family travelled on a custom-made version of Nordic Visitor’s Classic Scotland self-drive tour, a quintessential Scottish road trip that covers over 892 km (557 miles) from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye and back across the Highlands.

They stumbled upon some incredible sights and experiences along their journey, including the colourful sky over Skye (pictured above) that earned Ray the coveted title of July 2016 Photo of the Month at Nordic Visitor.

Speaking of luck, we had the good fortune of chatting with Ray about his family’s adventures. It turns out that the winning rainbow wasn’t their only lucky find… Continue reading…

Hurtigruten ship sailing

First Hurtigruten Cruise? Tips for your Maiden Voyage

Whether it’s your first time ever on a cruise, or just your first experience with the Hurtigruten coastal voyage, we’re here with some tips to make sure it’s all smooth sailing.

Get your feet wet

Figuratively speaking, of course.

Lonely Planet called this cruise along Norway’s craggy, fjord-studded coastline “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”, and rightly so. The classic one-way journey covers roughly 1,255 kilometres (780 miles) of craggy, fjord-studded coastline between Kirkenes in the arctic north and Bergen to the south in 6 or 7 days and stops at 34 ports of call, including the charming cities of Trondheim, Ålesund and Tromsø.

Hey look at that!

World’s most beautiful voyage? When faced with these types of views from the deck, it’s to hard to argue with that.

Apart from the stunning scenery, one of the best things about Hurtigruten is Continue reading…