Oslo

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. The city was referred to as Tigerstaden (the City of Tigers) by the author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson around 1870, due to his perception of the city as a cold and dangerous place.

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Norway

The fjords, mountains and northern lights of Norway are known throughout the world. As is the “capitalism with a conscience” philosophy. Svalbard is part of Norway and is a true Arctic haven which is nicknamed the 'Realm of the Polar Bears' but you may also spot arctic foxes, walruses and whales! It is one of the world's happiest countries ...

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Spain

There is so much to say about this vibrant country: The major cities are Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia all of which offer unique traditions, languages and sites. Tapas is almost as much a cultural activity as a style of eating. La Siesta is the well-known nap of two to three hours in the heat of the afternoon. The Flamenco is made up of six parts: singing, guitar, dance, vocals, hand-clapping, and finger snapping - awesome! Originating in Valencia, paella is a rice dish prepared with meat or seafood. Wonderful wine from deep red Riojas to the light and sparkling Cava although sangria is probably the country’s most famous drink. . Salvador Dali was born near Barcelona is a cultural icon. Spain’s most famous architect, Gaudí’s work can be admired in Barcelona. The only downside is bullfighting has been occurring in Spain since the Roman times but is hopefully going to end soon - the last fight was in Catalonia when the majority voted for a ban in 2015.

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A Taste of Tallinn

Tallinn is Estonia's capital which has retained its medieval walled cobblestoned Old Town which is considered an Old World Treasure and UNESCO heritage site. It is built on a limestone hill and is lined picturesque churches, merchant's houses and underground tunnels. It provides the perfect photo opportunities and the chance to sample some unique food and drink. The longest tunnel in the world measuring between 93-103Kms Helsinki-Tallinn railway tunnel should be inaugurated in the 2030s at a cost of 15b Euros.

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Austria

Austria is famous for the Alps - winter skiing and summer hiking in stunning scenery. It is known for sprawling Vienna and scenic Salzburg. The classical musicians Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Austria is known for skiing, being the home of Red Bull energy drinks and famous Austrian food such as Wiener Schnitzel. Iconic coffee houses and delicious hot chocolate accompanied by apple strutzel - divine.

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Estonia

Situated in north-eastern Europe, Estonia juts out into the Baltic Sea, which surrounds the country to the north and west. To the east Estonia is bounded by Russia and to the south it is bounded by Latvia. Estonia’s area includes some 1,500 islands and islets. Estonia is currently one of the safest countries in Europe, but between the 1990s and the 2000s, organised crime prevailed. The Singing Revolution is a commonly used name for events that led to the restoration of independence of the Baltic nations from the Soviet Union at the end of the Cold War with spontaneous mass evening singing demonstrations at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds.

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Bear Centre: Lentiira

Bear Centre is a Finnish company located on the eastern border specialising in Bear, Wolverine and Wolf photography safaris. There are 29 rustic hides to choose from offering the best photographic opportunities as well as luxury cabins, all of which are set in the pristine forest.

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