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Anna Davison

My road trip to Norway

Written by Anna Davison
Thursday, 14 June 2018

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When I was asked to drive in Norway for the first time, it is fair to say that I was a little apprehensive! Not only because I would be driving on the other side of the road but also because I knew very little about the country either.


James

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Although relatively unknown to a lot of us, the Azores archipelago is an ideal travel destination for adventurers the world over for a number of reasons. If, like most people, this is the first time you have ever heard of it and want a few ideas of what can be experienced, take a look at our top picks of things to do in the Azores this summer.


Lauren Wiggett

My first adventure to Finland & Norway

Written by Lauren Wiggett
Monday, 04 June 2018

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Despite it being May I have to say that I was surprised to be greeted in Finland by blazing sun and a nice warm temperature of 21°C! Having got off the plane it was time to jump into the hire car and start our Finnish adventure.


Michael Bell

The Nightless Night

Written by Michael Bell
Thursday, 31 May 2018

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The Arctic Circle is generally associated with winter and long, dark nights but I have always found the prospect of the Midnight Sun and the endless summer days to be alluring. It is something which is hard to understand when you come from a world that has both light and dark each day. In fact, this natural phenomenon seems so unnatural to us in the UK that it can divide opinion. I have since returned from the far north of Finland and having just experienced the Midnight Sun for myself I can honestly say that it should be on every bucket list, and don’t worry, the hotels in Finland have excellent blackout blinds!


Mark McFaul

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Now when most people think about holidaying in Finland, there are certain things that inevitably spring to mind. Whether it’s speeding across the frozen wilderness pulled along by a team of huskies or on the back of a snowmobile, Finland for many is a winter destination. But here at Artisan Travel, we know that there is so much more to this incredible country than snow and reindeer. In fact, Finnish summer holidays are packed full of great opportunities to explore and enjoy the amazing natural wilderness and culture of this incredible country.

So, in no particular order here are our top 5 reasons to start planning your Finnish summer escape today!


Anna Davison

My first Lapland experience

Written by Anna Davison
Thursday, 12 April 2018

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After hearing the many beautiful tales of Lapland and seeing some incredible photos of the Aurora Borealis and the winter landscapes of Finland, I thought, “there is no way it can actually look like that surely?”. But as we descended through the clouds into Rovaniemi, with the sun rising past a blanket of snow, I could not believe my eyes – it was just like the photos! The incredible snow that hung from every branch of every tree was such a breath-taking sight.


Mark McFaul

As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we are always trying to make sure that all our holidays are as good for the environment and the local people as they are for you our clients!

We were therefore absolutely delighted (but not really surprised) to hear that one of our favourite destinations, the island of Gozo has won a prize for being the most sustainable destination in the Mediterranean!

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Jenni Meikle

My top 5 things to do in Luosto

Written by Jenni Meikle
Thursday, 22 March 2018

“What is there to do in my free time?” is a question that many of our clients ask us, and one that is difficult to answer unless you have experienced a destination yourself, so I was eager to find out just exactly Luosto had to offer.

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Ali Mclean

Does the thought of sitting on a beach for a week fill you with dread? Are you the sort of person who wants to get out and explore the world but still wants to enjoy some of life’s little luxuries whilst you’re doing it?

If that sounds like you, here are three reasons why a small-ship cruise would be the perfect holiday experience for you.

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Jono Archer

My experience - the Blue Lagoon

Written by Jono Archer
Friday, 09 February 2018

We recently caught up with Laura from our marketing team to find out about her experience of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. Here’s what she had to say:

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