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Postcard from . . . Iceland

A new arrival is putting the Fáskrúðsfjörður village on the tourist map, by drawing on its unlikely French connection

Destination inspiration

Rose Cottage at Dormy House
Hotels and holiday homes that are perfect for a short break from the city
The open road in southwest Iceland ©Luz Photo
Sail into deepest Myanmar or drive the route of Italy’s Mille Miglia road race: the world’s best road trips and river journeys
Joe Kidd takes his fatbike over some rocky outcrops on the Oregon coast ©Tim Neville
From a ‘fatbike’ tour of Oregon’s coast to heli-biking in New Zealand and a cycle trip through the Bhutanese Himalayas

Discreet luxury in Klosters

One of the most remarkable chalets in the Alps offers a retreat from the hubbub of the World Economic Forum, writes Tom Robbins

The barrel sauna at Le Grand Joux
©Stephen Hyde

Off-piste and off-grid at Le Grand Joux

A new luxury ski chalet in the French Alps is difficult to reach, but a true wilderness experience

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Postcard from . . . Vienna

For visitors, attending one of the Austrian capital’s balls is a unique way of exploring the city’s history and social life in one go

Tom Robbins in couloir Joel

Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites

Behind the region’s reputation for fine food and easy skiing lurks some of Europe’s best, and least crowded, off-piste

The Hotel Moskva, first built in the 1930s, in central Moscow

The Hotel Moskva’s five-star makeover

Its exterior was signed off by the Soviet dictator, its interior would have been familiar to spy Guy Burgess – now it’s part of the Four Seasons portfolio

Neighbourhood watch: the return of Madrid’s feelgood factor

With a hip new hotel, edgy boutiques and – as of last week – a Michelin-starred restaurant, the district of Salesas signals a new mood of optimism in the Spanish capital

Illustration of Sasbachwalden
©Heather Gatley

Postcard from . . . Germany

In the Black Forest, ‘dinner jumping’ lets gourmands mix food, wine and walking

The Rembrandt van Rijn, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, in Greenland
©Christoph Gnieser/Oceanwide Expeditions

Ski-touring on Greenland’s west coast

Leaving the crowded pistes of the Alps far behind, Will Hide joins a voyage exploring remote fjords and skiing on untouched mountains

Italy’s most dramatic trek

Hidden among the sea cliffs of Sardinia, the Wild Blue is the perfect autumn adventure. By Mike Carter

Expert selection: the best Sicilian desserts

The Duchess of Palma di Montechiaro picks the best places in Sicily to try some classics

‘The Summer of St Martin’ in Sicily

As the cold arrives in northern Europe, Rebecca Rose finds warmth in the southern Mediterranean

On the shores of Estonia’s Lake Peipsi

Like the Amish in the US, the Old Believers, who broke with the Russian Orthodox Church, live a lifestyle cut off from the modern world

Street photography in Berlin

A photographer leads courses in European cities to encourage people to think more deeply about images

A literary break in the Aeolian Islands

Suzi Feay combines spa sessions with studies of Dante’s ‘Inferno’ against a suitably sulphuric backdrop

Finland’s brief blaze of autumn glory

High above the Arctic Circle, in Finnish Lapland, autumn is a short but spectacular season of leaves, berries and, if you are lucky, the Northern Lights

Will US-style food trucks catch on in tapas-loving Barcelona?

More than 10,000 people wait in line to get a taste of the Spanish city’s latest craze: street food

Riding Harleys in Andalucía

New tours from motorbike maker Harley-Davidson offer the chance to live out ‘Easy Rider’ fantasies

Postcard from . . . Denmark

After spending two millennia in a bog, a mummified body is about to take centre stage in a bold new museum

No ordinary sailing holiday

Even complete novices can experience some of Europe’s most celebrated regattas. Claire Wrathall joins the crew


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