Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It is located right in the centre of Scandinavia and has a rich history of trade and shipping and its port remains the largest in the region. It is known for its creativity and was ranked the 12th most innovative city in the world by Forbes and hosts cultural events such as the Göteborg International Film Festival and the Way Out West music festival.
There are many attractions in the Hvide Sande area, from the tall dunes that separate the fjord from the sea to surfing and a tour of the local whisky distillery. The nearby Skerne Enge national park is located on the delta of the Skerne River which can be crossed using small cable-boat crossings. A little bit further on you will find the Tipperne Peninsula which is the largest bird habitat in Northern Europe.
A mouth-watering “moules frites” is a must when passing through the Belgian coastline. There are various ways of cooking the mussels, the most common being the “marinieres” which consists of a white wine based sauce. With the prospect of this in mind to reward your day’s cycle, you will be finished in no time. Photo by Debbie L.
With its colourful beach houses and stunning cliffs, a detour to this island is well worth it. This island changed hands a number of times and was once British and Danish although the inhabitants have forged an identity of their own and you can still hear a local dialect of the North Frisian Language spoken by the locals.
The ongoing fight of the Dutch with the sea is one of survival. Today, the impressive network of dikes and storm surge barriers are the weapons of choice to make sure that the country stays one step ahead of the water. This incredible feat of engineering has allowed them to reclaim huge portions of the country, not without some trial and error along the way. Photo by DELTA nv
The Wadden Sea extends not only to Germany as you can also experience this unique natural landscape in the neighbouring countries of Denmark and the Netherlands. Since 2009 the Wadden Sea has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. It covers an area of about 9,000 km², 450 km in length and up to 40 km wide. Almost the entire Wattenmeer is protected by nature because of its extremely high primary production rates it serves as a food source and resting place for many birds and fish. © Detlef Reichardt (Flickr)
The breathtaking views offered by the ‘Preacher’s Pulpit’ make Priekestolen one of the most impressive in Norway. As such it is very popular among sightseers and is the most visited natural tourist attractions in the country. Atop a sharp 600m drop into the fjord below, the naturally-formed flat platform gives the impression of being on Nature’s own balcony from which you can look on to the Kjerag Plateau opposite. Photo by Den Norske Turistforening
This Anglican cathedral in the north east of England dating back to the 12th Century is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the neighbouring castle. This Romanesque masterpiece featured in Harry Potter as the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Bill Bryson, the travel writer described it as "I unhesitatingly gave Durham my vote for best cathedral on planet Earth." Photo by Misha Popovikj
These islands capture a lot of what the North Sea has to offer. Its cultural heritage is a blend of Norse and Scottish influences and its strong musical heritage is celebrated during the Up Helly Aa festival of fire. The islands also have a diverse wildlife, it is an important seabird nesting site, you can also see otters and seals play in the shallow water as well as the famous breeds of the Shetland Pony and the Shetland Sheepdog manning the rolling hills.
Edinburgh is the home of twelve arts and cultural festivals that celebrate traditions of the past as well as creativity of today. The main festival season is during the summer months, with both the International Festival and the Fringe, the two jewels in the Edinburgh Festival crown, taking place in August. During this month the whole city buzzes with excitement as all shapes and sizes of artists get to showcase their wares, be it on stage or in the street. Photo by xlibber