Few regions of the world pack as much in as Europe, a relatively
small geographical area that boasts some of the most important
historical and cultural sites on the planet. We can sometimes
neglect our nearest neighbours in the pursuit of the next exotic
destination on our bucket list, and yet Europe is home to an
extraordinary variety of landscapes, from the icy Arctic to the
sweltering shores of the Mediterranean.
Scandinavia enthrals many visitors with its otherworldly
landscapes, rich history and fascinating folklore, where tales of
trolls, dwarves and elves abound. The stunning Norwegian Fjords and
enigmatic Iceland top many travellers' to-do lists, and the
incredible natural phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis, the 'Northern
Lights', is not to be missed.
These days the eastern reaches of Europe are a lot more
accessible than they used to be, with Russia and the Baltic in
particular opening up to adventure tourism, and our own British
Isles also offer some interesting itineraries, exploring the wilder
coastal areas and islands of Scotland and Ireland.
Even the Mediterranean, which we tend to associate with sun, sea
and mass market tourism, holds some hidden gems, including the wild
coastlines of northern Spain and Portugal, and emerging
destinations on the Adriatic such as Albania and Montenegro.