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April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

March 6, 2015

We bring you the stories, the insights, the experiences, and adventures to help inspire your travels.

Once the travel bug bites it is hard to deny the irresistible urge to get out and explore the world.

Here is a round up of some of the travel stories and experiences that we have shared recently.

Travel Reports

We have been traveling the world as much as possible, trying to tick off the countries and destinations that are constantly being added to our ever-growing list. Here are a few of our favorite places:

January 15, 2015

Finnish Olympian Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out publicly as gay in February of 2014 at the height of his career to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia and he has now been named Sports Role Model of the Year

Finland has recognized its most prominent openly gay athlete as a national sporting role model during an annual sports gala recognizing the best sporting achievements for 2014.

25-year-old Finnish swimmer Ari-Pekka Liukkonen came out as gay in February to protest the treatment of LGBTI people in Russia ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics in what many said was a brave mood for an athlete at the top of their career.

July 28, 2014

One-in-ten people in the Danish dependency of the Faroe Islands marched in the Faroe Pride March on Sunday as lawmakers continue to oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage despite wide public support for the reform

Police in the Faroe Islands estimate that one-in-ten people in the country marched for LGBTI equality on Sunday at Faroe Pride.

The Faroe Islands are an autonomous country and a dependency of Denmark and it remains the only Nordic country other than Finland that does not allow same-sex couples to marry.

There are approximately 50,000 people living in the Faroe Islands and police say 5,000 of them were at the march in the capital Torshavn.

Recent polls have shown support for same-sex marriage among Faroe Islanders is as high as 68%.

May 12, 2014

Conchita Wurst triumphed in Copenhagen, but what does that say about the rest of the country?

On Saturday (10 May), perhaps one of the most visible and loved LGBTI contestants in recent years won the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The crowd was behind Conchita Wurst all the way, chanting her name and cheering as she steadily edged her way to victory for Austria.

This was largely down to where she took the crown, performing in one of the most pro-gay countries in the world.

Denmark, like the majority of Scandinavia, is liberal and loving of its LGBTI community. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s perfect.

April 11, 2014

Denmark will celebrate its third time hosting the Eurovision Song Contest by marrying three Russian gay couples as it also marks 25 years since it legalized same-sex civil unions

The City of Copenhagen will celebrate the Eurovision song contest being held in Denmark by marrying three gay Russian couples in what organizers say is an act to ‘strike a blow for diversity.’

This is the third time that Denmark will host the contest and this year is also the 25th anniversary of Denmark becoming the first country in the world to formally recognize same-sex couples with civil partnerships.

June 4, 2012

IGLA 2012 heats up Iceland for a memorable travel experience

I am just back from five nights in Iceland. I can honestly say, hand on heart, that this was without doubt one of my best traveling experiences ever.

May 11, 2012

Italy's gay capital is home to hundreds of restaurants, but spaghetti bolognese is not a local recipe

In Bologna, north of Italy, everybody knows that spaghetti bolognese is not an Italian recipe. Tourists who ask for it at the local restaurants have to be told it's not on the menu.

But, with its hundreds and hundreds of restaurants and trattorias, this medieval city in the route from Florence to Venice is certainly the food capital of Italy.

Our two-day trip in Bologna starts from Piazza Maggiore, the main square, home of the San Petronio church, the Town Hall, the statue of the Neptune and palaces dating back to the Rinascimento.

April 19, 2012

The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championship is coming to Reykjavik in May

The International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championship is coming to Reykjavik in Iceland.

Starting with the opening party on 30 May, the championship lasts four days. The 2012 event will include swimming, water polo, relay events, synchronised swimming and diving.

A midnight open water swimming challenge will take place on 1 June in the Nauthólsvík neighbourhood of Reykjavik for those brave enough to take to take on the north Atlantic at night.