Something to Declare: the far north, late ski deals, hand luggage restrictions
The column that gives the global picture
Saturday 09 March 2002
THE COLUMN THAT GIVES THE GLOBAL PICTURE
Destination of the week: the far north
On 20 May, the Norrona will depart from Lerwick in Shetland on her first sailing of the summer, destination Bergen. The return sailing from Norway can be made once a week up to 3 September. From 22 May, the same vessel heads much further north: from Shetland to the Faroe Islands and Iceland.
The ferry is operated by Smyril Line (01595 690 845, www.smyril-line.com). On the southbound journey from Iceland, passengers are obliged to make a three-night stopover in the Faroese capital, Torshavn. The stay in "the smallest capital in the world" is at your expense.
For quicker access to the Faroes, Atlantic Airways (00 298 31 5900) has flights in summer twice a week from Aberdeen, and once a week from Stansted. For the full Arctic experience, contact the company of that name (01737 218802, www.arcticexperience.co.uk), which still has places on a 12-day midsummer cruise aboard the Professor Multanovski, a Soviet research vessel now used for cruising. The voyage starts in Aberdeen, and includes the Shetlands, Greenland, the Faroes and Spitzbergen. It costs £1,767, not including the cost of getting to Aberdeen.
Bargain of the week: late-season rides to the slopes
How to fill the Ski Trains? That's the problem faced by Rail Europe (0870 124 4646, www.raileurope.co.uk) on its final departures of the season. On 5 April the overnight train from London Waterloo to Chambery, Albertville and Bourg St Maurice in the French Alps, arriving in time for a good day's skiing, costs £129 with the return journey overnight a week later.
If you can get yourself to Dover, the fare on the special train from Calais is dramatically lower: £59, including the ferry. The price also includes a couchette and use of the disco carriage.
Warning of the week: crackdown on hand luggage – by the airports
Traditionally, airlines have decided the limits for baggage that can be carried on to the aircraft. But in the climate of increased security checks, two of the world's leading airports have introduced their own hand luggage restrictions to try to reduce delays at checkpoints. At Frankfurt, the maximum dimensions allowed through security screening are 42 x 25 x 25cm, roughly 16 x 10 x 10ins. In Singapore, the limit is on weight: anything over 7kg (16lb) must be checked in.
The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 Floyd Mayweather's mouthguard costs $25,000 - enough to fly to Las Vegas and back 18 times
- 5 Royal baby girl born: Duchess of Cambridge's second child will be a princess thanks to Queen
New York woman gives up $95,000 a year job to work in an ice cream parlour in the Caribbean
What is Pyongyang really like? What tourists see and hear on a trip to the North Korean capital
The 10 Best lightweight luggage
Bergen-Belsen 70 years after the liberation: the final resting place of Anne Frank and 70,000 others
The most powerful passports in the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
£24800 - £29000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: As one of London's leading Muse...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£28 - 45k (DOE): Guru Careers: An Accountant is needed to take control of the ...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This hotel in Chadderton is a p...