Staff Travel Blog:
Lori’s 2019 Expedition
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Lori, Senior Travel Adviser based in The Travel Studio, has recently returned from an incredible journey through Europe! She travelled through Ireland and cruised with Silversea to Iceland and Greenland.
Here’s what she had to say:
Ilulissat Icefjord – Located on the west coast of Greenland, 250 km north of the Arctic Circle. Ilulissat is the Kalaallisut word for Icebergs. Illulissat Icefjord is UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. It is the most popular tourist destination in Greenland. The enormous icebergs are from the most productive glacier in the northern hemisphere. One of these iceberg was believed to be an icebergs that the Titanic hit back 1912.
Ireland We spent 2 weeks travelling around Ireland. Ireland is a country of stunning landscapes, friendly locals and rich history. Some of my favourite scenery and attractions that is a must when visiting Ireland would have to be Cliffs of Moher (breathtaking) , The Giant Causeway, Blarney Castle and of course a must to kiss the Blarney stone. The scenic drive around the Rink of Kerry with the quaint little shops and old pubs which Ireland is renowned for, you could not go to Ireland without seeing these place and so much more
Favourite Dining Experience
We loved dining in the Old Ireland Pubs – with their Homemade Beef Guinness Pie and Irish Stew. You definitely cannot pass up their Seafood Chowder either, it is amazing! That being said, it’s the overall atmosphere and music that make these Pubs truly special. You just have to stay a while and have a Guinness in a traditional Irish Pub and you will witness a little bit of magic. Someone will produce a fiddle and start playing softly and before you know it the pub comes alive with the most diverse music. That is the magic of the Irish people.
Lori’s Top Tips for this Trip
1 – Car Hire in Ireland – make sure you upgrade and get a Diesel car as Diesel is the same price as unleaded but you will get a lot more Kilometres . Also be very careful you don’t put the RED Diesel into your car as this is for farming and agriculture purposes only, you will get a heavy fines if you get pulled over by the police as it does leave your fuel tank Red.
2 – Expedition Cruising – If you plan on sailing on an expedition ship like Silversea, where most adventures ashore consist of Zodiac excursions and hiking trips, make sure you’re reasonably fit, the terrain is often uneven.
3 – Avoiding Crowds in Iceland – Blue Lagoon is an extremely well known thermal pool in Iceland. A hot spring in the middle of a lava field with florescent blue water, it’s no wonder it has visitors flocking in the hundreds of thousand each year. But it is not unique! There are plenty of natural geothermic pools all over the country. Other well known ones include: the nature baths at Lake Myvatn in North Iceland or the Secret Lagoon near Fludi.