Unmissable Travel Experiences
Every Viking journey – river and ocean – is full of unmissable experiences. Here are 10 of our favourites.
Take a seat in the world’s smallest stave church
In the Norwegian village of Kvernes, you can explore the fairytale stave church, one of the smallest in the world. Gaze at the fresco on the ceiling and the beautifully painted 17th-century furniture and be enchanted.
Step into a film set
In Dubrovnik Old Town, step back hundreds of years and into many of the locations in Game of Thrones. One of the most impressive buildings is the Dominican Monastery. Built in the 14th century, its interior is heavenly.
A beach for every day of the year
Life’s a beach in Antigua. Or 365 beaches to be precise. That’s one for every day of the year. Tear yourself away from the silky sand and visit English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard; a Georgian-era marina that’s full of charm.
Get designs on Helsinki
In and around Helsinki’s historic Art Nouveau buildings you’ll find the city’s designer culture. The Design District brings together young local designers and artists as well as established Finnish brands. It’s the home of cutting-edge jewellery, fashion and homewares.
Experience the Real Greece
With its picturesque whitewashed houses perched on the hillsides and sensational sunsets, few Greek islands are more inviting than Santorini. Pull up a chair at a welcoming bar or cafe and toast the view with a glass of chilled local wine.
Go with the Gaudi flow in Barcelona
Dali, Picasso and Miró all found inspiration in Barcelona, but it is Gaudi who has, quite literally, left the biggest impression. His ingenious and whimsical creations include the magical Park Güell with its amazing buildings, sculptures and tilework.
Taste gold in Gdansk
Containing flecks of real gold, Goldwasser (gold water) has been brewed in Gdansk since the 16th century. Legend has it that the city’s Neptune Fountain once flowed with Goldwasser, to the joy of the locals.
The famous Leaning Tower of Pisa took over 177 years to build. The tower began leaning during construction, due to weak foundations, and it has undergone several attempts to strengthen it, most recently between 1990 and 2001. Located in the city’s magnificent Square of Miracles, it’s a miraculous sight indeed.
As far from hippy tie-dye as you can imagine, watch St. Lucia’s craftsmen and women reveal the creative art of batik and silk-screen printing. You might even take away an original, handmade work of art.
Picture a puffin
Where Norway ends and Scotland begins you’ll find lands, including the Shetland Islands, which have witnessed eons of exploration. Look out for the wonderful wildlife, including seals and puffins for whom these waters are home.