Something To Declare: Norway's Art Nouveau capital; Montenegro; East Coast Main Line


Destination of the week:Norway's Art Nouveau capital

In 1904, a fire swept through the Norwegian port of Alesund. The whole town centre was rebuilt in Art Nouveau style with a local twist, and makes for the most architecturally interesting location in Scandinavia. From 1 June, SAS (0845 607 2772; www.flysas.com) will fly twice a week from Gatwick to Alesund.

Because of the town's position on the Hurtigruten (coastal ferry) route, travellers can construct an "open-jaw" itinerary, for example flying out to Bergen on SAS (from Gatwick) or Norwegian.no (from Stansted) and flying home from Alesund.

Another Nordic destination, Rovaniemi in Finnish Lapland, is more accessible this summer thanks to a new link from Amsterdam on KLM (08705 074 074; www.klm.com), with connections from a wide range of UK airports.

Warning of the week: Montenegro

Europe's newest country - following the split with Serbia - is a tempting destination, with a beautiful coastline and low prices. But this week the Foreign Office issued travel advice that is remarkably hard-hitting.

First, UK visitors are advised to register their presence with the British Embassy in Podgorica. According to the Foreign Office: "It is essential that you register with local police in the town/city where you are staying within 24 hours of your arrival in Montenegro, unless you are staying in a hotel or official tourist accommodation, where you will be registered automatically on checking-in. If you do not register, you may be fined, detained or face a court appearance."

As for getting around: "Public transport (including the rail network) is outdated and overcrowded." If you prefer to rent a car, be warned: "Many roads are under construction, so there are often delays and detours. A particularly notorious road is the two-lane Moraca Canyon in Montenegro, which is often made dangerous by bad conditions and overcrowding."

If you happen to lose your passport, the Embassy can help you out with an Emergency Passport, but this is valid for only a week and for a one-way journey to the UK. "Applications for full passports can be accepted at the British Embassy in Podgorica, who will make arrangements for the application to be transferred to the British Embassy in Vienna for production," the Foreign Office says. "The waiting period will be approximately four to six weeks."

Finally, beware counterfeit cash: "In 2006 police in Montenegro seized large amounts of forged euros. More counterfeit notes may still be in circulation, so you should take care to ensure that notes you receive from sources other than banks and legitimate Bureaux de Change are genuine."

Bargain of the week: East Coast Main Line

GNER, the train operator between London and Edinburgh, has emulated the low-cost airlines in offering its best fares online only. At www.gner.co.uk you can get return fares of £19 between Leeds and London, £20 between Newcastle and London, and £25 between Edinburgh and London.

News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Sport
Radamel Falcao
footballManchester United agree loan deal for Monaco striker Falcao
Sport
Louis van Gaal, Radamel Falcao, Arturo Vidal, Mats Hummels and Javier Hernandez
footballFalcao, Hernandez, Welbeck and every deal live as it happens
Sport
footballFeaturing Bart Simpson
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
peopleA spokesperson said the support group was 'extremely disappointed'
Voices
A man shoots at targets depicting a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a shooting range in the center of the western Ukrainian city of Lviv
voicesIt's cowardice to pretend this is anything other than an invasion
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand performs live
music Pro-independence show to take place four days before vote
News
news Video - hailed as 'most original' since Benedict Cumberbatch's
Arts and Entertainment
booksNovelist takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
music
News
i100
Life and Style
tech

Apple agrees deal with Visa on contactless payments

Life and Style
techIf those brochure kitchens look a little too perfect to be true, well, that’s probably because they are
News
i100
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering
Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy

Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
Weekend at the Asylum: Europe's biggest steampunk convention heads to Lincoln

Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough? Was the beloved thespian the last of the cross-generation stars?

Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor