Travel Briefs

At the top of Cabo Girão, a sea cliff on the south side of the Portuguese island of Madeira, visitors will find the glass-bottomed Cabo Girão Skywalk 1,900 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

While standing on the circular skywalk, visitors can see the city of Funchal 5 miles to the east. Nearby, a cable car, the Teleferico do Rancho, takes visitors to the village of Fãja de Cabo Girão at the bottom of the cliffs, which is unreachable by foot or automobile. A round trip costs €5 (near...


In northern Iceland in winter, visitors can take a snowmobile tour on frozen Lake Mývatn with Nonni Travel (Brekkygata 5, Akureyri, Iceland; phone +354 461 1841, Guests at base camp will receive snowmobile lessons and safety instructions (no previous experience necessary), then follow the guide onto the lake for a leisurely paced 1-hour tour.

Tour members meet 20 minutes before start time at the Mývatn Visitors Centre (Hraunvegur 8, Mývatn; phone +354 464 4460),...


As COVID-19 vaccines continue to prove effective, countries are opening their borders to vaccinated travelers.

• Iceland opened to vaccinated travelers on March 18. Each visitor must provide proof of completing a vaccine course of one of the EU-approved vaccines, which include the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines approved in the US, and undergoing PCR testing or quarantine will not be necessary.

• Greece is scheduled to open its borders to tourists...


The cruise line Virgin Voyages ( announced on March 16 that it would require all passengers and crew to be vaccinated before boarding one of its ships.

At press time, Virgin Voyages operated one ship, Scarlet Lady, which was christened in February 2020 but was unable to conduct its maiden voyage due to COVID-19. Scarlet Lady’s first cruise, from Miami to Mexico and the Bahamas, is scheduled to embark July 4, 2021.

Two other ships are under...


Every passenger and crew member will be tested for COVID-19 each day, using a noninvasive, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) saliva test, during the maiden voyages of the Viking Venus, the newest oceangoing ship of Viking Cruises (855/338-4546, In English waters, the three 8-day cruises (available for UK residents only) are scheduled for May and June 2021.

Viking Venus, which holds up to 930 passengers and 465 crew, is the second Viking ship to have a lab installed for...


Private tours for 5 to 10 people (at least 13 years old) will begin being offered in 2022 by the tour operator Overseas Adventure Travel, or OAT (Boston, MA; 800/955-1925, Available worldwide, the Personalized Private Adventures (PPAs) are available in the same locations as OAT group tours and use local OAT guides, but the pace and itinerary of each is customized to the guests’ preferences.

At press time, PPAs could only be booked by phone. The per-person...


In Far North Queensland, Australia, in March, the Tip at Cape York (called Pajinka by the Aborigines who live there) was closed by the Traditional Owners, Gudang/Yahaykenu Aboriginal Corporation, due to visitor misbehavior and vandalism.

Pajinka is the country’s northernmost continental point of land. A week after the closure, on March 25, the chairman of the corporation agreed to a deal that would reopen Cape York to visitors, but each would be charged a fee of AUD10 (near $8...


On Rarotonga, visitors can be regaled with the history and culture of the Cook Islanders on active day tours led by guides from Storytellers (Box 2130, Arorangi; phone +682 23450,

On Thursday afternoon, the 1½-hour “Take-a-peek” bicycle tour (NZD40, near $29) is on mostly paved interior roads. On Monday and Wednesday mornings, the 3-hour “Discovery” bicycle tour (NZD80), on paved and dirt roads, follows Ara Metua, the Ancient...