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Flora and Fauna Go Techno in Finland

If you’re thinking of venturing to Finland to explore its stunning flora and fauna, an innovative app has been launched to assist you in your quest!

NatureGate features pictures and videos describing many different species of plants and animals. The app uses categories such as colour, shape, size and habitat to help narrow down your search. There is then a wealth of information on whichever animal, bird or plant you are trying to identify.

This exciting new app, available in English, Finnish, Swedish and many more languages, displays the work of Eija and Jouko Lehmuskallio who have spent 25 years building up an amazing collection of images, facts and figures with help of coders, biologists and other photographers.

Discover the joys of Finland for yourself on one of our fabulous Finnish getaways.

2. September 2014 by Emma Smith

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Disappearing Dragonflies Appear

A six-year study has shown that dragonflies, in southern Sweden, which were thought be extinct, are very much alive!

The project aimed to record the number of dragonflies in Skåne and Östergötland. It involved four researchers working on the project over a period of six years.

During the study, 64 different species were recorded including some which the researchers had never seen before and others which were previously considered extinct!

Explore the beautiful nature of Sweden for yourself on a short break at the wonderful treehotel.

29. August 2014 by Joanne Wilson

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Doomed Duncan and Hopeless Harriet

Duncan and Harriet are two perfectly normal names in the United Kingdom but if either is your moniker in Iceland, you’re in for a bumpy ride!

All children born in Iceland must be given one of the 1,853 female or 1,712 male names sanctioned by the government. If parents opt for a more adventurous name, they must apply for permission to use it. The list of approved names was published in 1996 in an effort to preserve the Icelandic language.

Up until recently, those with unapproved names were titled ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ on their passport, but changing legislation now means that an individual’s name has to appear on the document. This ruling caused significant problems for a British-Icelandic couple who needed to renew their children’s passports. Sadly, it looked like Duncan, Harriet and their parents would be going nowhere, as the Icelandic renewal was refused. A late application for emergency passports from the UK Embassy, however, managed to save the day!

To discover more about the traditions and culture of Iceland, travel to the 'Land of Fire and Ice' with us.

26. August 2014 by Emma Smith

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Amazing Animals in Awesome Autumn

Although many people think that spring is the ideal season for a wildlife watching holiday, autumn is also an exciting time to take your trip.

This great season marks a time when many animals start preparing for their winter hibernation meaning you’re more likely to see them foraging; you may even catch some creatures mid migration!

Our amazing selection of wildlife holidays invites you to track wolves in Sweden, see Brown Bears in Finland, search for stunning whales in Norway, encounter majestic Polar Bears in Canada or head to Africa and embark on the safari of a lifetime.

Whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple, part of a group or family, autumn is a great time to take a wildlife watching holiday.

 

22. August 2014 by Emma Smith

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Follow in the Footsteps of the Great Explorers

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s famous third Antarctica expedition – an expedition which saw a near disaster transformed into a story of heroics, dedication and determination.

Travelling on the ship 'Endurance', Shackleton set sail in 1914 planning to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. Within a matter of months, his ship became trapped in the ice and, ten months later, sank. More...

19. August 2014 by Joanne Wilson

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