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Know your reindeer

When it comes to ordering reindeer, know your suovas from your poronpaisti.
James Proctor is Bradt’s very own Nanook of the North. For many people, the very thought of boarding a plane heading north is scary enough, but James actually chooses to spend much of his time above the 60th parallel. As the author of Bradt’s Faroe Islands, Lapland and West Sweden guides, he’s certainly used to snow, ice and howling wind! Yet, that is exactly the charm of the Nordic region – it’s wild, it’s unspoilt and it’s relatively undiscovered. Planes that fly south are not really James’s thing. James first came across all things Nordic as a student. After mistakenly wandering into a Swedish lecture, he soon realised that his native Yorkshire dialect, liberally laced with dozens of old Viking words, was going to make learning this off-beat Scandinavian language a doddle. And so began a love affair with Sweden, and indeed the other Nordic countries, which has endured to this day – 30 years or so later. As the BBC’s Scandinavia correspondent in the 90s, James travelled widely across the Nordic countries and has since written no fewer than seven travel guides to the region. Today he divides his time between the South of France and his beloved Yorkshire, where he also presents regular radio programmes on the local community radio station.

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Seabird spots

Two million pairs of seabirds breed in the Faroes each year – and here are the best places to spot them. 

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Nineteenth-century timber churches

You’ll find no ancient architectural monuments on the Faroes; only timber churches.

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Interview with James Proctor

We chat to James Proctor, author of our Faroe Islands guidebook, about his first visit to the archipelago and his tips for a perfect 24 hours on the islands. 

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Interview with James Proctor

We chat to James Proctor, author of our Lapland guide, about the region and how attending the wrong lecture at university led to his fascination with everything Nordic and nice. 

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Where should I go in Lapland to see the northern lights?

Here is how to increase your chances of glimpsing the aurora.

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Going nude: sauna etiquette

It helps to know some of the dos and don’ts before setting foot in a Scandinavian sauna.

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Know your reindeer

When it comes to ordering reindeer, know your suovas from your poronpaisti.

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The Arctic Circle and Santa Claus Village

Located smack bang on the Arctic Circle, the Santa Claus Village is a great day out for the whole family.

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Staying in rorbuer: traditional fishermen’s huts

No visit to Lofoten is complete without a stay in one of these little red huts on stilts

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The Nordkalottleden Trail

Discover one of Europe’s least-known hiking routes with our guide to this multi-national trail

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