Category: Europe

Snorkelling between tectonic plates at Silfra in Iceland's Thingvellir National Park

Snorkelling between tectonic plates at Silfra in Iceland's Thingvellir National Park

Iceland lies along the mid-Atlantic Ridge and exists because of the divergence of two tectonic plates - the North American plate and the Eurasian plate - and a great place to see this first hand is at Silfra.
Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK

Short stay: Hotel Indigo Chester, Chester, UK

Opened in 2019, the new build Hotel Indigo Chester, celebrates the city’s long history. Artwork displayed on the walls, connects a contemporary hotel to Chester’s long history dating back nearly two millennia to the Roman occupation. The hotel also focuses on the city’s heritage as a racing venue too. For the Romans, Chester was a
Safari Quads - what to expect from a buggy safari in Iceland's Blue Mountains

Safari Quads - what to expect from a buggy safari in Iceland's Blue Mountains

One of the activities that our kids most enjoyed on our trip to Iceland was our buggy safari in the Blue Mountains with Safari Quads - the number #1 rated ATV and buggy operator in Iceland.
5 top Mediterranean islands to explore

5 top Mediterranean islands to explore

The five largest Mediterranean islands are Crete, Corsica, Cyprus, Sardinia and Sicily. Bigger isn’t necessarily better, some of the smaller island such as Mallorca and Ibiza have much to recommend them.
Krauma Natural Geothermal Baths & Restaurant - what to expect from one of Iceland's newest geothermal spas

Krauma Natural Geothermal Baths & Restaurant - what to expect from one of Iceland's newest geothermal spas

The journey from Reykjavik to the geothermal baths at Krauma is just under an hour and a half, so this is easily a place you could visit on a day trip out of the capital.
Húsafell Canyon Baths - what to expect from a trip to these geothermal pools in Iceland

Húsafell Canyon Baths - what to expect from a trip to these geothermal pools in Iceland

These man-made geothermal pools are located in the Icelandic highlands and set in a surreal canyon landscape. Tickets for an exclusive minibus tour are available from the Húsafell Hotel.
Into the Glacier - what to expect on a journey into the heart of the Langjökull glacier, Iceland

Into the Glacier - what to expect on a journey into the heart of the Langjökull glacier, Iceland

For an Icelandic experience with a difference, we heartily recommend Into the Glacier which can be visited as part of a tour from Reykjavik or by self-driving to Husafell or Klaki basecamp.
Short stay: Hotel Kriunes, Near Reykjavik, Iceland

Short stay: Hotel Kriunes, Near Reykjavik, Iceland

Hotel Kriunes is a unique luxury hotel that is often overlooked by visitors heading directly for Reykjavik, yet it offers a lovely alternative on the capital's outskirts.
Exploring Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano site

Exploring Iceland's Fagradalsfjall volcano site

Instead of driving straight to our hotel after collecting our bags at the airport, we instead headed for Grindavik so that we could explore the Fagradalsfjall volcano site.
Plitvice Lakes National Park in Autumn: The best places to photograph

Plitvice Lakes National Park in Autumn: The best places to photograph

No trip to Croatia is complete without a visit to the oldest national park in Southeast Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park.
Driving in Iceland - what you need to know

Driving in Iceland - what you need to know

If your travel plans involve the land of Fire and Ice, I'm sure you can't wait to explore the many glaciers, geysers and waterfalls, as well as Iceland's many other natural wonders.
Blackwell Arts and Crafts House, Bowness

The Lake District's historic houses

After this month's Heritage Open Days, we thought we'd stick with the cultural and heritage theme and put together our top ten list of historic houses in Cumbria.
The pros and cons of taking tours versus renting a car in Iceland

The pros and cons of taking tours versus renting a car in Iceland

One of the first things you will need to consider when planning your Iceland itinerary is whether to rent a car or whether to take tours.
Car rental in Iceland - what you need to know

Car rental in Iceland - what you need to know

There are many things to be aware of when renting a car in Iceland. This guide covers a number of issues you'll want to consider.
Short stay: Edgar House, Chester, UK

Short stay: Edgar House, Chester, UK

Formerly a boutique hotel, Chester's white-painted Edgar House is one of the city's most iconic residences.
6 ways to get active in Munster Vales

6 ways to get active in Munster Vales

Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to plan a trip to Munster Vales, located in the beautiful south of Ireland.