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Things to do in Norway while waiting for the Northern Lights

While the reason most winter visitors to northern Norway brave the chilly temperatures and long nights is to get a sighting of the mysterious aurora borealis (or Northern Lights), there is plenty to do in the region while you’re waiting for nature’s greatest light show to begin

A trip to the Azores

A guest blog by Andre Ashford. I was recently fortunate to visit three of the islands in the Azores on a familiarisation trip, hosted by specialist tour operator Sunvil Holidays. Where are the Azores? The Azores are situated approximately 1500km off the coast of Portugal, in the Atlantic

Algarve beyond the beach resorts

  While hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers flock to the Algarve every year, there’s a lot more to this region of southern Portugal than simply the great beaches for which it’s so well known. The towns and village of the Algarve offer a fascinating blend of history, culture and local

October’s Sunvil Supper Club: Skåne Kavring Bread (Rye Bread)

Despite the name and possibly even the bread, coming from Denmark, it has been baked in southern and western Sweden since the late Middle Ages. Kavring is baked, sold and eaten all year round. But the bread is especially associated with Christmas and also offers the opportunity

Visit Rome in 2016: The Holy Year of Mercy

The Vatican City in Rome is a magnet for international visitors throughout the year; even in the winter months you’ll find queues at the entrance to the Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica. Thanks to a recent announcement by Pope Francis, next year promises to be busier than ever.

Staying at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden

Since its humble beginnings in 1989, the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi has become one of the most unusual and iconic places in which to experience the Arctic winter. Each year it takes on a different form, and this year’s ICEHOTEL designs are particularly striking. And yet the hotel began almost

Tivoli Gardens- more than a theme park

  It’s been a permanent fixture in the centre of Copenhagen for over 170 years – in fact, Tivoli Gardens is said to be the world’s second-oldest amusement park (the oldest is also in Denmark), and the world’s most-visited seasonal theme park (it is closed for the winter).

Introducing the Art Suite designs for the 26th ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

Every year we, at Sunvil, wait with bated breath for the ICEHOTEL to release the designs for their magical suites. The wait is now over and yet again we have been bowled over by the creativity and artistic vision on display. Roll on December when we can return

Highlights of Aveiro – the Venice of Portugal

  Portugal certainly isn’t one of Europe’s biggest countries by size, and most visitors spend their time either on the beaches of the Algarve or in the lively streets of the historic capital, Lisbon. As a result, the rest of the country offers a pleasant, unhurried experience for those

Autumn escapes

This week may have seen the return of some brighter weather but, there is a distinctive chill in the air which tells us that autumn is on its way. As we start to pull out our jumpers and coats in the UK, we look south towards the