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7 ‘Must-Do’ In Ireland

Ireland has some of the most beautiful & unique landscapes I the world and therefore, it has been the location for some of the most-watched movies and series, including the Game of Thrones & Harry Potter! My list of ‘must-do’ doesn’t cover many of the slights that you find in other such list about Ireland, but this is the list of ‘must-do’ that makes Ireland remarkably unique!

Be awestruck by the magnificent Cliffs of Moher

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Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher are located on the west coast of Ireland & named after ruined fort of ‘Mothar’. The cliff stretch for about 8km & is 702 feet at their highest point. This cliff is not only beautiful by itself but from here you can see Aran Islands, Twelve Pins, Maum Turk mountains, etc. Click the link for more details about Moher Cliffs.

Visit Ring of Kerry

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Ring of Kerry @ Irish Carrentals

Ring of Kerry is actually a route that will take you through dramatic scenery with centuries old history scattered all around it! You will be taken deep into forests, mesmerising waterfalls & untamed Atlantic. You may also encounter wild stags! Scroll through theringofkerry.com for extensive details about this unique route, where to stay, what to eat, etc!

Browse through millions of books in Trinity College Library

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Trinity College Library @ vmireinteresnogo.com

If you are a book lover then a visit to Trinity Library is a must! Even if you are not a book lover you will love this grand structures which has about 5 million printed volumes, comprising of  journals, manuscripts, maps and music reflecting more than 400 years of academic development, etc. The most famous of its manuscripts are the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow. Other special collections are the Ussher Collection  of 1661 and the Fagel Collection of 1802. For further details click  Trinity College Library

Sleep in a Castle!

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Castle Stay @ ireland.com

If your are in Ireland you will come across hundreds of castles, some in ruins and some still holding on to its splendour. You must stay for at least one night in a castle! Check out luxury hotels in Northern Ireland for more details s to where you can stay. If can also check out these link for more details about castle accommodation.

Go whale watching in West Cork

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Whale Watching in Ireland @ baltimoreseasafari.ie

Ireland West Cork is a great location for doing Whale Watching as the water is just right for their habitation. The best time would be visiting in the summer months (between September to November). You can take boat trips from both Baltimore and Union Hall. baltimoreseasafari.ie has some great whale watching safaris. Do check it out!

Meet Mr.Puffins on Skellig Michael

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Mr. Puffin at Skellig Michel! @ georgekarbusphotography.com

Skellig Michel is a rocky island of the coast of Kerry and has world’s 2nd highest colony of Puffins! It also has a 6th century monastery. 

Watch Northern Lights at Ireland!

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Northern Lights in Ireland @ telegraph.co.uk

For last few years northern lights have started showing up in the the Northern parts of Ireland! Check out the website Donegal Skies, for further details. For updates about its next visibility check  Astronomy Ireland.

Before parting with this blogpost I want to mention why I choose ‘7’ instead of the standard ‘5’, ’10’, ’30’ etc! Well, some the most significant things happens in combination of ‘7’! 7 days of the week, 7 colours of rainbow, etc… So, why not the 7 ‘must-do’ in Ireland?! Hope you enjoyed the post & I promise to come back with a few more posts about Ireland so that your next visit to Ireland is the most fun one! Till then… have fun!

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10 ‘Must-See’ Places In Norway

Norway is a Scandinavian nation famous for its unparalleled natural beauty, intriguing Celtic history, mysterious northern lights, amongst others. Coming up with a limited ’10’ must-see places in Norway has been a very tough job as how can you choose between one wonder over the other?! So, I listed the Top-10 things I can’t dream of missing in Norway! Do remember that I am a absolute northern light fan, and as usual, watching the northern lights falls within this list too! Do remember that the numbering is simply for the sake of putting a chronology & as far as I am concerned each of this places are #1!

1. Stroll through Bryggen

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Bryggen is a old wharf of Bergen & is famous in photographs for its characteristic wooden houses which reminds us of the ancient wooden structures. Bryggen is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

2. Kjerag

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Kjerag @ A Infinite Step

It is a tall mountain in Norway with one side being a straight vertical fall into the Lysefjorden! Another attraction here is the Kjeragbolten, a 5-cubic-metre stone wedged between two rocks is located on the mountain.

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The Rock @ neilchughes.com

Kjeragfossen waterfall is another attraction here, which happens to be one of the tallest waterfalls in the world!

3. Lofoten Island

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Lofoten Island @ A Infinite Step

A visit to to fluffy clouds & pictures-postcard Lofoten island of Norway is a must! You can drive through Road E10 which connects the Lofoten Islands to mainland Norway with an impressive series of bridges and tunnels. You may also take water services from Bodo or planes from Oslo.

4.Heddal Stave Church & Other traditional Churches of Norway

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Heddal Stave Church @ ultima0thule.blogspot.in

Norway is famous for its intriguing churches, not for its fate or preaching but for their unique structure, architectures & beauty. Some are painted black, some are colourful, etc. Very intriguing…

5. Viking Ship Museum

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Viking Museum @ khm.uio.no

If you have come to the land of the vikings and haven’t visited the Viking Museum then you have not seen Norway at its core! The museum has added ‘The Vikings Alive’, which is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. The museum is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Adults pay NOK 100 & children under 18 goes free. There are group ticket options too. Museum timing is as follows –

  • 1 May – 30 September 09:00 – 18:00
  • 1 October – 30 April 10:00 – 16:00

Click the link for further details.

6. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

 

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Open-air Exhibit @ Open-air Exhibit @ norskfolkemuseum.no

Norsk Folkemuseum is located at Oslo and has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings. It has several in-door exhibits featuring Norwegian costumes, folk art, church art and Sami culture. There are several audience programs and activities for children, including meeting Norwegian animals, baking traditional food, etc. Its open throughout the year except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and its open between Christmas and New Year from 11:00 am – 3:00pm. The normal timings is as follows –

  • May 15 – September 14:  Every day 10:00 – 18:00
  • September 15 – May 14:  Weekdays 11:00 – 15:00,  Sat and Sun 11:00 – 16:00

7. Tromsø

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Tromso @ visitnorway.com

Tromsø is called “Gateway to the Arctic” and ideal for seeing the northern lights. It is located 350 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and from September to March many people come to Tromsø to see the northern lights. From 20 May to 20 July the midnight sun is as its full glory here. Tromsø has a relatively mild climate considering its arctic location because its seaside. Other then northern light sighting, you can also go for hiking, fishing, kayaking, dog sledding and whale safaris.

8. Train Journey Between Oslo & Bergen

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Inside of the train @ travel-tour-guide.com

Ok… this is not really a ‘must-see’ places but is a ‘must-feel’ experience when in Norway. This is one of the most scenic journey in the whole of Europe & will definitely fall within the Top-3 best train journeys in the world! (Hmmm….. thats sounds like a nice blog topic!)

9. A Journey With Flåm Railway

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Flam @ visitflam.com

Another must-do train journey is between Flåm and Myrdal. It is approximately 2 hours  train journey through some of Norway’s best landscape. You will cross lush fjord landscapes, mightly snow-covered mountains & spectacular waterfalls and  mountains. Check the link for further details.

Top-5 ‘Must-Do’ Things In Iceland!

Iceland is a natures wonderland with so many wonderful things to see & experience that it was extremely difficult to come up with the top 5 ‘must-do’ things in Iceland! With loads of nail biting and writing and deleting and again writing and deleting, I have come up with this top 5 ‘must-do’ things in Iceland! But mind you, my list may change again in few days or weeks or moths because Icelandic wonders amazes me at every turn!

5.Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon @ainfinitestep
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon @ainfinitestep

This glacier lagoon is in southern Iceland & is filled with large chunks of ice. The lagoon is called Jökulsárlón or Glacier’s-River-Lagoon. near Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland. Its waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. The lagoon flows into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black beach. If you want to do the trip with an experienced travel group then I would recommend Ice Lagoon.

4. Black Sand Beach

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Black Beach (Photo Source – Unknown)
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Basalt Columns in Black Beach (Photo Source – Unknown)

Iceland’s black sand beach has been one of the most photographed beaches in the world! With its stunning black sand, craggy basalt columns & rough waves, this beach is one of a kind & must be visited! However, don’t go too close to the waves as this beach is known for its rogue waves that has claimed several lives. You can go to the black beach yourself or take the help of different travel groups. I would suggest you check-up Get Your Guide & Extreme Iceland.

3. Skaftafell Ice Cave (Vatnajökull National Park)

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Ice Cave @threeifbysea

Also called Crystal Caves, the ice caves of Iceland glaciers are not only mesmerizing but also a gradually but steadily vanishing natural wonder of the earth… Vatnajokull in South East Iceland, and Langjokull in South West Iceland have mind blowing ice caves.  There are many other ice caves scattered all over the world but the overwhelmingly stunning ice caves of Iceland is unique in its structure and clarity. If you intend to visit an ice cave then you have to come during the winter & the ice doesn’t melt and it is safe to enter.

2. Blue Lagoon (Grindavík)

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Blue Lagoon @kvdenn

Blue Lagoon happens to be the most recognised geothermal spa & is located only 40 minutes from Reykjavík. The water from the underground hot springs reaches up to 35–40 °C! This is definitely an experience of a lifetime as you slumber in a hot lagoon with the surrounding atmosphere being chilly!

1. Chasing the Northern Lights

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Northern Lights

This would be my personal no.1 at all time to come! The dazzling dancing lights are  breathtaking & is worth every bone-chilling cold nights you had to endure to see it just once… To enjoy it to the most, stay away from places with too much light (avoid light polluted areas) & from middle of September to the middle of April.

So, here are your Top-5 ‘Must-Do’ Things in Iceland! I will soon follow-up with a few more (because Iceland is a wonderland!). Till then, have fun!

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Chasing The Northern Lights

Northern Lights can be seen in both the northern & southern hemisphere and are known as ‘Aurora borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora australis’ in the south.

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Photo Credit: Unknown

Where Is The Best Place To Watch The Northern Lights? 

If you want to see the best of this celestial disco then you have to head above latitude 60 degrees at the least! Another criteria to be kept in mind is that areas free from ‘light pollution’ are the best places to watch Northern Lights.

In Europe

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Tromso (Norway) By thetravelmagazine.net

Head to the far northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland (remember the 60 degree I was mentioning earlier?). In northern Norway, especially the area around Tromso. Another good place is Sweden’s Abisko National Park. Abisko has a peculiar microclimate with less precipitation but is within the aurora zone, this makes sighting Northern Lights highly probable! Finish Lapland is also famous for its sightseeing & the reindeers! Iceland is another good choice, however you must keep a few days in hand to compensate for cloudy skies. On the other hand, Russia, does get a good dosages of Northern Lights but the areas are relatively hard to reach & lack proper infrastructure.

 In North America

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Bear Lake (Alaska) By wikipedia.org

The best places to watch the lights are in the northwestern parts of Canada, particularly the Yukon, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Alaska. Another great option is to take a train across the auroral zone. In Alaska good viewing is available from Fairbanks & up.

 When is the best time to catch Northern Lights

Between late September and late March between 6pm and 1am is your best time of spotting the lights. October to November and February to March are considered optimum periods & 9pm to 2am tends to be prime viewing time.

So, heres your guide for chasing the elusive but dramatic Northern Lights! Mind you, she needs loads of patience and prayers to show herself, so keep extra days in hand! Happy chasing!

 Copyright: The thoughts are my own, the knowledge is universal and the photos are from different sources & due credit given. If anyone wishes to use the content, you are most welcome, however, do place a link to this page with acknowledgment. This is not only an internet courtesy but also a legal requirement. Regards.