Greenland in Lonely Planet top destinations for 2016

Territory muscles in beside USA, Japan, Australia – and Latvia
Among the likes of the USA and Australia, Greenland is a surprising entry in Lonely Planet’s top 10 list of destinations to visit in 2016. And in the vaguer top regions category, West Iceland makes an appearance.
Greenland has the world’s lowest population density, the travel publisher writes, “but those that brave this chilly chunk of the planet are not short of diversions: see the midnight sun glimmer on glaciers, sail among breaching whales, dogsled the tundra, watch the Northern Lights dance across the ice sheet…”
As for why Greenland is listed for 2016, in March it will host the Arctic Winter Games, the biggest ever event of its kind, along with a festival of song, food and dance.
Also listed is Latvia, as this “Baltic treasure looks ready to shine” as it “is resuscitating ancient traditions, restoring crumbling castles and manor houses hidden in its pine forests, and transforming its once stodgy cuisine into cutting-edge New Nordic fare”.
Lonely Planet adds: “Seductive Riga, meanwhile, has built on its reign as a European Capital of Culture with improved infrastructure and a round of renovations as its population continues to grow.”
Top of the list is Botswana, “democratic, progressive, enlightened”, which celebrates 50 years of independence in 2016. Japan, the USA, Palau, Australia, Poland, Uruguay and Fiji make up the rest of the list.
Meanwhile, among the top regions to visit in 2016 is West Iceland with its “cloud-wreathed glaciers, rugged lava fields, thundering waterfalls”, all “just a two-hour drive from Reykjavík”.
Lonely Planet

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