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The Northern Way: a sailing adventure from Scotland to Norway

8 min readPublished Oct 13, 2020

What is it like sailing across the North Sea from Shetland to Norway? A lot easier now than it was for the intrepid Vikings of yore, especially with Musto sailing gear in tow.

The Northern Way: a sailing adventure from Scotland to Norway
Adventure travel

Adventures on the edge of Britain: highlights of Shetland 

5 min readPublished Apr 11, 2019

For remoteness and adventure in the very north of Britain, Shetland, an archipelago of islands halfway between the UK and Norway, offers all the best of…

Three Shetland ponies look curiously at the viewer
Beaches

Up Helly Aa: Shetland’s Viking fire festival

8 min readPublished Aug 9, 2017

Standing almost horizontal against gale-force winds and the kind of rain that makes you wish you’d spent your life savings on waterproofs, I begin to…

Members of the Viking Jarl Squad surround their leader or 'Guizer Jarl' on a Viking galley ship during the annual Up Helly Aa Festival in the Shetland Islands of Lerwick, on January 31, 2012. Up Helly Aa celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands and has employed this theme in the festival since 1870. The event culminates with up to 1000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship.  AFP PHOTO / Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)
Adventure travel

Wild isles: seven great wildlife experiences off Britain's coast

5 min readPublished Nov 6, 2015

Brilliant blue seas teeming with marine life. Cliff faces bearing vast, precarious colonies of sea birds. Moorland roamed by hulking deer. The UK’s…

Wild isles: seven great wildlife experiences off Britain's coast
Wildlife and nature

Shetland shines as 2011's Best in Travel

4 min readPublished Nov 1, 2010

The Shetland Islands have been listed as one of the top regions in the world to visit next year in our new book, Best in Travel 2011. The book singles out…

Shetland shines as 2011's Best in Travel