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The Nobel Peace Centre, at the former railway terminus building on the waterfront, looks at the work and achievements of past prizewinners and at peace movement and individual efforts for peace across the world. Visitors can join a photographic petition organised by Amnesty International to restrict the trade in small firearms.

Features include a small cinema with footage of interviews with past winners. Free tours are held for English-speaking visitors daily at 10am and 1pm. For more information visit

Great outdoors

Wildlife and nature holidays have a section of their own on the new Association of Independent Tour Operators website (

New elements on the site include an improved search facility, with information on more than 150 companies along with holiday itineraries and prices.

Holidays to dive for

Diving to coral reefs and studying fish and whales is the appealing task that awaits volunteers in the Philippines.

Coral Cay Conservation trains volunteers for three weeks before a week of underwater duties, diving twice daily to monitor corals, reef fish and larger species such as the pilot whale and the whale shark in the Sogod Bay region, three hours' flight south of Manila. The ecology of the coral reefs there is under threat from over-fishing and dynamiting.

Prices start from £1,300 for the four weeks, including all food, accommodation and equipment but not flights. For more information visit

Hot this winter

Journeys to the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian parts of Lapland, to Iceland, Greenland and Canada are in a new winter brochure.

Discover the World's itineraries include a four-night trip in the polar night to Finnmark, and an Orca safari in the Norwegian fjords. Go to