The exterior of Finse 1222, a Norwegian hotel located on the Bergen-Oslo line 5
Finse 1222 is a historic hotel located in the tiny hamlet of Finse which is on the Bergen to Oslo railway line. Located on the highest point on the line and named for its height above sea level (in metres), Finse 1222 describes itself as “a very different place” and […]

A stay at one of Europe’s most isolated hotels: Finse ...


Thon Hotel Munch, Oslo, Norway 6
Oslo has plenty of hotels but also plenty of expensive hotels, and as we were staying in some fairly pricey accommodation during our visit to Norway, we decided to go towards the more budget level for the majority of our stay in Oslo. We picked Thon Hotel Munch – part […]

Review: Thon Hotel Munch, Oslo


Travelling the Bergen to Oslo railway 9
Time and time again, the journey from Bergen to Oslo via train comes up in lists of Europe’s best and most scenic train trips. The line, which travels up through the mountains, takes about 7 hours and takes you across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus and is a journey […]

Travelling the Bergen to Oslo Railway



Smithills Hall, Bolton
Bolton may not be the first place you’d expect to find one of the North West’s oldest manor houses, but Smithills Hall is full of surprises. Located on the outskirts of the town (about a 10/15 minute drive outside of the town centre), Smithills Hall is a grade I-listed building […]

Smithills Hall: Bolton’s hidden gem


A guide to the must-see tourist attractions and things to do in Oslo, Norway 8
Artistic, fashionable and quirky; Norway’s capital Oslo is a great year-round destination for a city break or a longer stay. Whether you’re looking to take in some culture, get sporty or entertain the kids, Oslo is a place with something for everyone.  Here’s ten of the best things to do […]

10 things you need to do in Oslo, Norway


Five things you need to do in Bergen, Norway 10
Norway’s second largest city Bergen is a beautiful place and perfect for a weekend city break. It’s compact enough that many of its attractions are within walking distance of each other and it has plenty of quaint streets to explore. Here’s five things you need to do when visiting Bergen. […]

Five things you need to do in Bergen, Norway



Visiting Gaddings Dam: Britain's highest beach 5
Near the West Yorkshire market town of Todmorden, a surprise lies on top of a hill. It’s a beach – in fact, the highest beach in Britain – and not something you’d generally expect to find in such a landlocked county. The site is named Gaddings Dam, and it’s a […]

Visiting Gaddings Dam: Britain’s highest beach


Five tips on hiring a car in Iceland
The best way to make the most out of a visit to Iceland is by hiring a car and exploring in your own time. Although you can go on guided tours to some of the most popular attractions, or use the country’s network of buses and internal flights to get […]

Five tips for hiring a car in Iceland


A guide to walking the Tolkien Trail in Hurst Green, Lancashire 9
Spending a day exploring the English countryside is one of life’s simple joys and there’s a huge variety of locations to explore in the North West alone. Just over an hour’s drive away from Manchester but a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life is the village of […]

Taking the Tolkien Trail in Lancashire