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Skedaddle Twaddle about our cycling holidays to Norway

The Lofoten Islands: A Photo Diary

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The dramatic landscapes of Norway have had us ‘oo-ing’ and ‘aa-ing’ in the office for years and with some of the worlds most striking scenery, it’s not hard to see why.

This is a destination where the landscapes take centre stage, from the mighty jagged fjords that stand boldly against the horizon, to remote and un-spoilt beaches with endless space to roam and call your own. Our cycling holidays all take place in the far north of this country, on a set of stunning archipelagos known as The Lofoten Islands. Distinct by its all-encompassing natural attractions, which stand proudly wild and rugged, the area is also famed for its many charming red homes, known locally as Rorbus, which are the current and former homes of the fisherman that call this land their home.

Although these islands lie well above the Arctic Circle (best to pack your coats and scarves, rather than your flip-flops here!) for those who dare venture this far north, you’ll be greeted by some of the worlds most awe-inspiring sights and enjoy experiencing nature on a whole new level.

Whilst we could wax lyrical about this destination til’ the Vikings rise from Valhalla, we thought we’d share the Waterton family’s amazing snaps from their fun-filled, family adventure here last year. Best pop your feet up and get yourself comfy.

Here are a few of the local sights you’ll encounter… 

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The beaches ain’t that bad either…
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And then there’s the fun activities to enjoy along the way…
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And of course the daily cycling…

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Want to hop on a plane to Norway right now? We don’t blame you. For more information about our cycling holidays on the Lofoten Islands, click here.

The Waterton family are the winners of our December Customer Competition and have received £250 as part of their prize. For more information about this, and to find out how you can get involved too, click here.

Cycle into summer: 4 travel picks

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Summertime: The perfect pedalling season…

Ice cream pit stops, riverside picnics, warm breezes and sand between your toes adventures! Can’t wait to hop on two wheels and head for the great outdoors this summer? Check out our top 4 summer cycling picks:

1. Best for: An achievable challenge. La Via Claudia.Traverse 2 countries and take on this popular ancient Roman trading route! You’ll feel a rewarding sense of achievement and enjoy delightful Alpine vistas as well as aromatic vineyards…

2. Best for: Cultural gems. Vienna to Budapest. The delightful Danube has plenty of picturesque cities for your all-important pit stops. Highlights include the ‘Paris of the East’ (Budapest), where you can enjoy world-renowned thermal pools or soak up sensational historic sights – what better way to end your ride!

3. Best for: Avoiding beach crowds. Lofoten Islands.Norway boasts some of the most extraordinarily beautiful scenery, with dramatic cliffs rising up out of the water, framing your private sandy spot! These islands are a beach lover’s utopia.

4. Best for: Sticking to a budget. Coast and Castles.Combine your need for a challenge, beaches and culture without breaking the bank this summer! This 5-day journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh takes in the best of Northern England’s breathtaking coastal scenery.

Travel the trend…

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The verdict is in. If, like us, you’re eager to escape the Brexit storm, why not check out our HQ team’s top travel trends of the year? The perfect chance to getaway from it all…

1. Team Road Cycling: A return to the western Mediterranean
Trip recommendation: The Grand Tour of the Med
We say: Tried, trusted and served with generous helpings of sunshine! The lure of the Med is hard to beat and still undeniably desired by many. Take in some of the best coastal routes you can find during our 12-day road tour!

2. Team Leisure Cycling: Thumbs up for Norway
Trip recommendation: Lofoten Islands
We say: A whopping 3 times as many of you are choosing to venture to this extraordinary destination in 2016. Norway’s features include dramatic fjords and unspoilt islands, all of which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your saddle.

3. Team Mountain Biking: Summer of the staycation
Trip recommendation: Highlands C2C
Holidays at home in the UK are proving popular this summer. With simpler travel arrangements and plenty of underrated gems, we can see why! For a true escape head to Scotland – an outdoor enthusiasts paradise.

4. Team Adventure Cycling: Long Haul travel on the rise
Trip recommendation: Volcanes y Playas
We say: Direct flights are making distant lands more accessible than ever before! With direct flights to Costa Rica the latest far-flung offering, it’s time to join us for a jungle adventure on two wheels.