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Kirsty Wood

Growing up in Northumberland, Jade spent a lot of her younger years outside, with her fondest childhood memories being in the great outdoors. Since graduating from University, Jade has been lucky enough to venture to Australia to explore the East Coast on a gap year as well as crafting an exciting three-month itinerary across South East Asia where she immersed herself in the culture, enjoyed meeting new people and savoured the delicious local cuisines.

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Small Ship Cruises in Iceland

Written by Kirsty Wood
Tuesday, 09 April 2019

A small-ship cruise is a wonderful mode of transport for exploration, and there are few better locations to discover from this unique vantage point than Iceland.

During a small-ship cruise in Iceland, you won’t have to worry about the hassle of overland travel and instead, you’ll enjoy a far more personal approach visiting this country’s incredible natural wonders.

Exploring Iceland via a small-ship cruise allows you to reach smaller ports, often inaccessible by large cruise liners, so you get an authentic insight away from the larger flocks of tourists. You’ll also travel onboard with a group of like-minded travellers, all looking to experience Iceland in the same way.

A small-ship cruise in Iceland with Artisan Travel has been carefully crafted with the help of our local partners and Travel Experts to bring you an itinerary that shows off the very best of the ‘Land of fire and ice’. Unsurprisingly, it’s the country’s natural wonders that draw the majority of tourists here, along with the vibrant city of Reykjavik. That’s why we’ve ensured our small-ship cruises in Iceland include both, as well as some extra hidden gems too.

View our small-ship cruises in Iceland here

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Small ship cruises in Croatia

Written by Kirsty Wood
Monday, 08 April 2019

With over 1000 islands, a small-ship cruise in Croatia certainly feels like the most viable option to helping you see all that this country has to offer. However, it is so much more than an effective form of transport. These smaller vessels are able to reach places a large cruise ship never could, and so they’ll not only get you away from the larger flocks of tourists, but they also give you a much more personal approach to travelling in Croatia.

After all, the coastline here is so spectacular it would be wrong to only see it from land. As you sail across the strikingly blue waters to reach historic cities, picturesque towns and islands that can only be described as paradise, you’ll be thankful of your unique vantage point from your small ship.

All of our small-ship cruises in Croatia have an itinerary that has been carefully crafted with the help of our local partners and travel experts to bring you an authentic holiday filled with bucket list moments.

View our small-ship cruise holidays in Croatia here.

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Kirsty regularly plans travel based on her passion for the ocean and the life in it and has been lucky enough to swim with wild dolphins in New Zealand and snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef whilst holidaying in Australia.

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4 alternative summer escapes for 2019

Written by Kirsty Wood
Friday, 22 February 2019

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Rather than battle through the crowds during your summer holiday, why not choose a location away from the flocks of tourists without having to sacrifice on culture and interest?

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Dog sledding in Finland

Written by Kirsty Wood
Thursday, 21 February 2019

Dog sledding in Finland is a popular pastime steeped in tradition. Not only is it an exciting Arctic adventure that many refer to as a ‘bucket list experience’ with man’s best friend, but it’s also one of the best ways to get out and explore the awe-inspiring surroundings and complete your winter experience on a holiday to Finnish Lapland.

Nothing compares to the feeling of travelling across pristine snowy trails and discovering the natural wonders of Finland during a dog sledding trip. Though the dogs’ eagerness may be loud before you set off, once they settle into their pace all you’ll hear is the sound of paws running over the powdery snow. In fact, dog sledding is actually quite peaceful, allowing you to experience a dream-like sensation of being closer to nature than ever before on a journey across the Arctic tundra.

There are many different types of dog sledding tours in Finnish Lapland. They depend on a few factors including; your past experience, how long you want to stay out in the wilderness and how big of an adventure you want to undertake. Here at Artisan Travel, we offer a comprehensive range of dog sledding holidays to make this bucket list activity accessible to as many travellers as possible. Ranging from introductory half-day experiences, through to epic multi-day safaris, we have something for everyone to enjoy.

View our dog sledding holidays in Finland here.

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Top small-ship cruises for 2019

Written by Kirsty Wood
Thursday, 07 February 2019


Small-ship cruises are a brilliant way to reach destinations without the hassle of overland travel. You also get some incredible vantage points from out at sea, not to mention the marine life you could see along the way.

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Top holiday destinations for 2019

Written by Kirsty Wood
Friday, 14 December 2018

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2019 is almost upon us and we think there’s no better way to help beat the post-Christmas blues than to start planning your next holiday abroad. You could even make a New Year’s resolution to start ticking off some travel experiences from your bucket list!

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