Ascension is a rocky peak of purely volcanic origin (44 distinct craters - all "dormant", i.e. not "extinct") with its base just west of the mid-Atlantic ridge. Much of the island is covered by basalt lava flows and cinder cones. The last major volcanic eruption took place about 600 years ago. The highest point (Green Mountain) at some 2817 ft is covered with lush vegetation which, with each rainy season is increasingly spreading throughout the island. There is a small farm near the peak which used to produce vegetables and pork but has now sadly fell into disrepair. The climate on Ascension Island is subtropical.
This is the home of the Blarney Stone and the Kingdom of Kerry, where the majesty of Ireland´s mountains contrasts with its romantic glens and seaside villages.
A paradise for dolphins and giant turtles, as well as many other maritime species, Fernando de Noronha offers one of the most beautiful landscapes in Brazil - thanks to its clear ocean waters and their different colors, in tones ranging from emerald green to deep blue. The entire region is blessed with hundreds of schools of fish, including tuna, barracuda, and Brazilian species such as dourado, cavala, bicuda, and xereu. Skindiving and harpooning are made easy by the transparency of the waters, but hampered by the existence of sharks.
Marvel at the masterful architecture of City Chambers and the paintings and art objects of the Burrell Collection. Or travel to the historic city of Edinburgh.
Horta enjoys an almost eternal spring, thanks to the Gulf Stream. The docks are filled with pictures, names and insignias painted by the sailors who pass by. Whole hedges of hydrangeas give the place a nickname: Blue Isle. Go up to Cabeca Gordo, the volcanic crater lake, or enjoy the view of Pico's Peak across the channel.
safjrdur in Iceland has been a trading centre since 1569 and the regional capital of the West Fjords. The oldest part of the town rests on a sandbank that juts out into the fjord. It has been the site of a church for centuries and was called "Eyri" by locals, the parish being called Eyrarhreppur.
For hundreds of years, Brazil has symbolized the great escape into a primordial, tropical paradise, igniting the Western imagination like no other South American country.
Nearly 400 miles off the coast of Africa, lies a handful of islands known as Cape Verde. The islands of Cape Verde range from steep and rocky, to flat and sandy. Enjoy harbor-side bars and shops of Mindelo. Although traces of the Portuguese culture are woven throughout, Mindelo's unique atmosphere is all its own.
Nanortalik means 'place of bears'. It is Greenland's southernmost town. The most renowned feature in the area is the Nanortalik skyscrapers - the steep peaks and sheer mountain walls lining the Tasermiut Fjord, Pamiagdluk, Prins Christianssund and Lindenow Fjord.
Americas Hometown has long been known for its historical roots, but it is amazing to experience just how deep the tradition goes. The town of Plymouth was the site of the first permanent settlement of English colonists in New England. There is so much to take in and experience; from living history at Plimoth Plantation to genuine 17th-century artifacts at Pilgrim Hall, lantern tours through Plymouth's past or antiques to take home. Homes the Pilgrims inhabited and burial sites. History and tradition don't stop in Plymouth, though. All throughout Plymouth County Americas proud roots run deep, with Revolutionary War and Civil War ties, as well as fascinating maritime lore and historical tidbits.
Naturalists will marvel at Crater Lakes and the Botanical Gardens. You´ll even get to tour a working greenhouse and learn about the cultivation of pineapples.
Off the northwest coast of Africa lay the Cape Verde Islands, originally discovered by the Portuguese in 1460. In its early days, the islands' populations were scattered and barely subsistent, surviving off of the natural salt beds of the islands and the sea turtle population. Today, the Cape Verde Islands are becoming a popular travel destination as it has superb beaches, excellent scenery, and exuberant local color.
Only 16 square miles, this pleasant island offers beaches of fine golden sand, sweet, juicy fruits which thrive here, and even a healing spring of water that flows into the sea. Christopher Columbus lived here and married the daughter of the governor. Perhaps it was the view west that started him thinking about the Indies.
Praia (Portuguese for "beach") is the capital of Cape Verde, an island nation in the Atlantic Ocean west of Senegal.
The 55-mile channel situated at the southern end of Greenland, is a majestic maze of icebers and glaciers where whales, seals and seabirds make their home.
On the southern coast you will find Qaqortoq, the only part of Greenland that really is green and not covered with a 5,000-foot-thick sheet of ice, and learn how people survive on this immense, remote island administered by the Danes but desperate for individual recognition of its distinctive culture.
The most cultural and cosmopolitan island of the archipelago. The great names of Cape Verdean music, including Cesaria Evora, come from the island of Sao Vicente. Despite heavy erosion, the landscape still shows evidence of past volcanic activity. The port city of Mindelo is the capital of Sao Vicente. A cultured centre with a community of intellectuals, artists and musicians. Mindelo offers an intensive nightlife.
St. Anthony is located at the northeastern corner of the Great Northern Peninsula on the Island of Newfoundland. It is approximately four hundred and thirty kilometres by paved road (Highway 430) from the Trans Canada Highway at Deer Lake. Accessibility has improved with the development of the road link down the Northern Peninsula and with improved air service. While travel by boat in the old days took two days between St. Anthony and Corner Brook, it is now possible to travel by plane to Deer Lake or Gander in approximately one hour while it is approximately five hours over the road to the Trans Canada Highway at Deer Lake.
St. Helena is small yet beautiful. It is an island of contrasts, from wind eroded desert with multi coloured ridges and valleys, to emerald hillsides, soft pastures and lush vegetation filled valleys. It has a magnificent bronze surrounding coastline with 1000 feet high cliffs that have been carved over the centuries by the pounding Atlantic rollers.
Saint-Pierre & Miquelon, a territory of France, is a mountainous archipelago located about 15 miles (24 km) off the southern coast of Newfoundland, Canada. The main islands are St. Pierre, the smallest, and Miquelon and Langlade, which are connected by the Isthmus of Langlade. The city of St. Pierre is the territory's capital and commercial center.
Thorshavn is the capital of this 20-island archepelago. Enjoy the mild climate of this rugged island, and marvel at the wild sea birds of almost every species which inhabit the majestic cliffs.
Known as the "world´s loneliest island," country-counter, philatelists and bird-watchers mark this remote South Atlantic island on their wish list. Discovered in 1506, Tristan de Cunha was annexed by Britain in 1816 and made a dependency of St. Helena Island in 1938. The island group has the only known breeding colonies of great shearwaters.