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Terri Mapes

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Europe's Most Punctual Airline?

Friday May 30, 2014

Airline SAS  Courtesy of FreefotoSAS Norway (part of Scandinavian Airlines) has made it to the top of the list of Europe's most punctual airlines, with over 91% of their flights being on time. This was confirmed by new figures published on Flightstats.com, a US company monitoring air traffic.

SAS Norway now also has all the crew members connected with each other through continuous radio contact to save time. All crew members will be kept up to date on the flight's status, baggage loading and passenger boarding situation. The airline is currently the only one working this way - and being Europe's most punctual airline, it clearly helps!

The Scandinavian airline is now also flying at slower speeds to cut carbon emissions and to enhance fuel efficiency - just 80 kilometers less per hour so it will prolong flights just by minutes, and the impact on fuel savings and emissions is definitely worth it.

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Swimming Year-Round!

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Blue Lagoon in Iceland  Blue Lagoon LtdThe summer is coming and with the warmer weather in Scandinavia, many are planning beach vacations or at least a trip to a nearby lake or ocean.

Basically all of Scandinavia is surrounded by water, so a nice dip in the sea is never far. Scandinavia has so much coastline, there are no crowded beaches. Having the beach to yourself makes for a truly nice change.

Even skinny-dipping in Scandinavia is allowed in certain areas (learn about nudism in Scandinavia if you're interested). But why only go swimming in the summer?

You're probably thinking that it's too cold in the other three seasons. You do have a point there. But those rules don't apply in northern Scandinavia - specifically, in Iceland - The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a unique geothermal spa where guests relax in warm geothermal seawater all year. The fluorescent blue pool of water always keeps a temperature of around 98-102F (or 36-39C). Doesn't that sound nice and relaxing? It's the reason why the Blue Lagoon is such a popular destination in a c-c-cold c-c-climate.

Take a look at these in-depth articles: The Blue Lagoon in Iceland and The Top Blue Lagoon Tours!

The Pros and Cons of Traveling in June

Monday May 26, 2014

Scandinavia in June is truly beautiful and this is the favorite month of many Scandinavia travelers. There are lots of outdoor events, all the warm-weather attractions have now opened...I love this month.

On the other hand, travel prices are also quite a bit higher (not just flight prices, but also admission to attractions that have varying prices depending on the time of year). And there are more tourist crowds in June.

Make sure you learn what June in Scandinavia has to offer so you can weigh the pros and cons of traveling this month. Check out this month's events and activities, along with the typical weather and practical packing tips.

7 Tips for Flying

Friday May 23, 2014

When it comes to flying, some tips for flying are better than others, and can make air travel a breeze. It starts with finding the best flight for you, and ends with reserved, reliable transportation from the airport to your destination. And in between, there are five other practical tips.

It doesn't really matter where you are flying or how long your flight is. Just check out our 7 Tips for Flying to find out how to make any flight cheaper and more pleasant.

Iceland Now Cheaper Than Ever!

Wednesday May 21, 2014

2007 Tourism.Reykjavik.IsYes, the Euro is so expensive at the moment that many travelers opt to stay in their home country. But don't forget about that one place that is now cheaper than ever: Iceland with its beautiful capital Reykjavik. A couple of years back, travelers were able to get just around ISK 60 for 1 US Dollar - now they get around ISK 80, almost 50% more money. Different example: 1 British pound was equivalent to around 125 Icelandic Kroner last year. Now, you can get about 155 Icelandic Crowns!

Now that Iceland is cheaper than ever, skip the trip to the European continent and instead check out Iceland, the current travel secret for anyone wanting a cheaper trip!

Related Travel Tips: The 10 Best Budget Travel Tips - 10 Free Things in Scandinavia - Reykjavik's Best Budget Hotels

NEW: The Best Ideas for Free Things to Do!

Saturday May 17, 2014

Swedish KronaBeing quite an expensive travel destination, Scandinavia also has a few travel secrets. One of those is that you don't have to entirely rely on the best budget travel tips, but that each Scandinavian capital also offers visitors numerous free things to do. They've never been published as a list for travelers' convenience, unfortunately...except on About.com Scandinavia Travel:

7 Days in Denmark

Thursday May 15, 2014

So you have a week to spend in this beautiful country? It's not long, but it's doable to create a rich, interesting and enjoyable week in Denmark while seeing all the major sights. It's too bad not everyone can have several weeks of vacation each year!

Denmark offers a lot of things to do, so we've created this guide to show you what you could do with seven days in Denmark, starting and ending in Copenhagen. Read about the full 7-day itinerary here.

"Syttende Mai" in Norway

Sunday May 11, 2014

Norway celebrates country and constitution on May 17th, which is celebrated more or less in the way of a Norwegian Independence Day. In Norwegian, this day is called "Syttende Mai" (May 17th), or Grunnlovsdagen (Constitution Day).

Once again, you can look forward to colorful national costumes and cheerful parades along Norwegian city streets (especially in Norway's capital Oslo, as the patriotic inhabitants commemorate the independence of this Scandinavian country. See the picture for a couple getting ready to go to the Independence Day parades in their traditional bunads!

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Going from Copenhagen to Bergen

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Copenhagen and Bergen are separated by a distance of about 1,000 km (620 mi) which can be covered in several different ways by travelers. Each transportation option between Copenhagen and Bergen has its owns pros and cons. Let's find out which transportation option between these cities will suit you best ...read more

How to Save Money in...

Monday May 5, 2014

It's nice to see the economy rebound a bit, but traveling to Scandinavia this year is still over budget for a lot of travelers. It really depends on which country you want to visit since each of them has its own ways to saving and avoiding unnecessary expenses. So today, we'll take a look at the best ways to save money in each northern European country:

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