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On the way to Monaco,quick stop over in Alesund,Norway

Ålesund is mostly known for its unique Art Nouveau architecture, which was in fact the result of a disaster. In 1904, the larger part of Ålesund was destroyed in a devastating fire. In an act of excellent foresight, it was decided to rebuild the town entirely in Art Nouveau, the fashionable style of the time. Most of this beauty has been preserved. If you look up as you explore the town, you will be enchanted by the rounded towers, sinuous lines and foliate forms typical of Art Nouveau.

By the picturesque harbour you find the landmark Holmbua. This warehouse, built in 1861, escaped the great fire and now holds the fisheries exhibitions of Ålesund Museum. Experience the exciting displays and learn more about the town’s production of dried cod and other fish produce. A trip to Aksla Mountain in the middle of the town is a must. Walk the 418 steps to the top and you will be rewarded by unforgettable panoramic views. The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund documents the town’s unique architectural history. Enjoy the fascinating history that brings you back to the fire in 1904.

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Green Gold Villa and Crystal Lavvos

Green Gold Villa is located amongst the Lyngen Alps, meaning that the views from the villa are spectacular. It provides an ideal base for Northern Lights activities due to its rural setting and mountainous surroundings. The owner, Francisco, takes pride in giving his guests the best possible service and also acts as your guide while you are staying in his accommodation. Staying here offers a very intimate experience, as the villa provides for small groups. If you decide to sleep in a Crystal Lavvo, you are still free to use the villa and all of its facilities.

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The villa has fibre internet connection
Bathroom facilities are shared. There are two bathrooms inside the villa which are shared between four bedrooms and three insulated, outdoor bathrooms for guests staying in the Lavvos
Breakfasts typically consist of eggs and smoked salmon, while dinner is usually fish or lamb with vegetables. Francisco will try his best to accommodate any other preferences
The villa’s kitchen has hot drinks facilities and a coffee machine for you to use at your disposal
Room Type

OPTION 1: CRYSTAL LAVVO

Sleeping in a Crystal Lavvo is a fantastic and adventurous way to spend the night. This ‘glamping’ experience provides you with the excitement of camping, but with added comfort. The lavvos are located in the forest behind Green Gold Villa and insulated bathrooms with hot water are only a few metres away. The lavvos are wooden constructions but have a glass roof, so that each night you can lie back and admire the Arctic sky and, hopefully, the Aurora. Each lavvo has a double bed or two single beds and a wooden stove, which you will be taught how to use, to ensure that you are warm and comfortable during your stay.

OPTION 2: DOUBLE ROOM IN THE VILLA

Each room in the villa offers a king-sized bed and a wardrobe for clothing storage. Hot drinks and kitchen facilities are all provided in the shared kitchen of the villa. Hairdryers are provided in each bedroom. Two bathrooms are shared between four rooms.

Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg ,Svalbard

Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg will give you an unprecedented cosy hotel experience. Located 78° North, on the island of Spitsbergen, comfortable rooms, sauna, outdoor jacuzzi and exceptional local cuisine await your visit.

Depending on the time of year your, stay will include magical landscapes, wildlife, Northern Lights or Midnight sun. Our guess is you will want to return again and again to experience the different seasons and adventures Svalbard has to offer.Today, Mary-Ann’s Polarrigg consists of a pleasant courtyard surrounded by three buildings; the mining rig, the luxury rig and the transportation rig. Accommodation is in the form of 17 single, 19 double, four family rooms and our polar night suite. Facilities include the AuroraSpa and the restaurant, Vinterhagen.

Created in 1999 by owner Mary-Ann Dahle, the hotel was transformed from its previous life as miners barracks carefully and lovingly into what we have today. Over the past 20 years, Mary-Ann has been growing and updating each building with new ideas to make sure guests have a special experience while visiting Svalbard. Many items throughout the hotel are from the old coal mines in the area including the red miners bus which stands outside the bar area and serves as a smoking shelter complete with fairy lights.D32B6AAC-244F-4BD4-B18F-3E82E3E5A864_1_201_aAEB0A50F-0347-4DBB-9C73-796E4B02136CD2E6C397-CE02-4A51-BE13-575AF899748FE618490C-7ABE-40B7-9AC6-3BDC78B941C23F824A25-33AD-434F-8466-749302808BD8BFFCB144-6590-4B2F-880C-55A984A541DC835A4848-9D42-45D3-A5EF-27BF9736334B6E40B913-574B-4509-A489-737568C7B96200E42467-8D64-4FA0-B3F9-2092B7EC91BA131944EE-A61A-4AEC-A5C8-E396045E72E2316A6F9D-A3D6-4AE3-837D-8B09587CEAE2A631B7D3-5520-4A17-A64B-CBC272FAA493

Demon Fireworks Of Noboribetsu

Located in Hokkaido, Noboribetsu is home of the famous Jigokudani or “Hell Valley,” a volcanic crater said to resemble hell on earth. But it’s just as scenic as it is hellish, and after you’ve enjoyed a hike during summer, the fiery devils appear at night for the Demon Fireworks of Noboribetsu.

With swirling steam wafting upwards to the heaves, one wouldn’t be surprised to find a few demons hiding in the rugged terrain or enjoying the naturally occurring hot springs and footbaths.

The fireworks displays are free to watch typically in June and July, and start at 8:30 p.m., with a run time of about 30 minutes. To get a seat on the raised viewing steps for the fireworks, arrive about 8 p.m. However, note that those wearing open-toed shoes will not be allowed in this section.

Otaru Hokaido

Otaru, a port city on Hokkaido (Japan’s northernmost island), lies northwest of Sapporo on Ishikari Bay. The city is known for glassworks, music boxes and sake distilleries. Nishin Goten (“herring mansion”), a former fish processing plant built in 1897, explores the industry’s key role in the city’s earlier years. Completed in 1923, the Otaru Canal is now lined with cafes and shops in converted old warehouses.

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple (usually just called “Narita-san”) is a large, picturesque Buddhist temple complex in Narita City, Chiba Prefecture, just a few kilometers from Narita International Airport. Japanese religion, nature, art and community come together here, making for a memorable visit.

Narita-san is a very popular temple visited by millions of people every year, and is the second most visited shrine or temple in Japan after the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.

Sakura old Samurai houses

Numerous old samurai houses still remain in the Sakura City and three of the five samurai residences still standing along the street called Bukeyashiki-dori are currently open to the public. They are the former Kawara House, a Chiba Prefecture-designated Cultural Asset, the Tajima House, and the Takei House, a Sakura City-designated Cultural Asset. All three of them were constructed in the latter Edo period and inhabited by samurai of the Sakura domain. The Kawara House, the oldest of samurai houses in Sakura, exhibits furnishings that well represent the lifestyle of the samurai clansmen back in the day. The Tajima House has been at this place since the Edo period, and it is allowed to go inside for a viewing. Inside the Takei House are the excavated artifacts related to samurai houses on display. The street facing the samurai houses are lined with earthwork and hedges, in which the vestige of the castle town Sakura can be seen. These samurai houses are also used as the locations for shooting TV dramas and films. It is a 15-minute walk from the JR’s Sakura Station or a 15-minute walk from the Keisei Sakura Station

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