Thriving, glamorous and strikingly different, cool Nordic Iceland and Finland and proudly independent Baltic Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia offer a chilly culture shock of old and vibrantly new. Their cities reveal their pasts in a treasure trove of glorious buildings, cobbled lanes, churches and museums, and celebrate their present with festivity, food and song – this up-to-the-minute new guide equips you with essential information on the top city sights and the choicest restaurants, hotels and nightlife, Or escape entirely on day excursions and longer tours: take a lazy steamboat trip, soak in a bubbling geothermal pool, sip cocktails in a bar built of ice, climb a volcano, go whale-watching or puffin-spotting, be pampered in an ex-Soviet health spa, explore a Russian palace, or go mad in the midnight sun. For a week or just a weekend, head north for a short break that's really special.
Inside you will find:
* eight major northern cities and towns in one guide
* how to get there, by air and sea
* getting between the cities by train and sea
* up-to-date, insider advice on where to stay, eat and shop
* local history, food and drink explained
* simple day trips by local bus, train or ferry from each destination city
* foolproof short tours by car for those with more time to spare
* user-friendly town maps, and area maps to help you plan your trip
About the Author
Joan Gannij was born in New York City and raised in Los Angeles. She began her career as a photojournalist documenting pop culture. Born on Amsterdam Avenue, she decided to explore her European roots by relocating to Amsterdam in 1987. She has written and edited various travel guides in the last fifteen years, including the Norway section of Cadogan's Flying Visits Scandinavia. She has her own editorial office in Amsterdam and is currently studying astronomy.
Rose Baring first fell under the Russian spell at the age of twelve, in a shoebox of a classroom known as "The Kremlin". She has two children, lives in London, and is married to Cadogan author Barnaby Rogerson (who wrote Morocco and Tunisia).