Travel Briefs

Viking Cruises (Los Angeles, CA; 855/338-4546, www.vikingcruises.com) has changed its name to simply “Viking,” introducing the corresponding website www.viking.com. Its divisions Viking River Cruises and Viking Ocean Cruises maintain their names, and a new division has been added, Viking Expeditions, with cruises by specially designed ships to begin in 2022.

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Including narwhal, sperm, humpback and blue whales, life-sized replicas of 23 whale species that frequent Iceland’s coast are displayed at Whales of Iceland (Fiskislóð 23-25, Reykjavik, Iceland; phone +354 571 0077, www.whalesoficeland.is). In June 2019, a room with a 75-foot-long fin whale replica was added.

Visitors will find interactive exhibits and video footage of whales in the wild, and a multilingual audio guide app, “Whales of Iceland,” can be downloaded to a...

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At the foot of Montjuïc, on the coast of Barcelona, Spain, visitors can find the Jardins de Mossèn Costa i Llobera (Carretera de Miramar, 38, Sants-Montjuïc, Barcelona), a public garden specializing in cactuses and other succulents from around the world. Around 800 species grow in the garden’s 7.8 acres, which overlook the Mediterranean.

The park is open daily, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., April 1-Oct. 31, and 10-7, Nov. 1-March 31. Entry is free.

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Visitors to Red Bay National Historic Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Canada’s Labrador province, can book hour-long tours with a park ranger to the 16th-century Basque whaling outpost there.

“If These Bones Could Talk” takes visitors along the beach through the skeletal remains of the harvested whales. A second tour, “Digging Through Time,” goes by boat to Saddle Island to the former whale-oil-processing area and other archaeological sites.

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The Greenland GPS app, available for free for Apple and Android, contains maps and trail guides for the 160-kilometer Arctic Circle Trail (between Kangerlussuaq airport and the town of Sisimiut on the west coast, with lakes, fjords and 300- to 1,000-meter-high mountains) and for trails in the South Greenland Trails area (between the airport at Narsarsuaq and the town of Narsaq, ranging from flat fields to 1,700-meter peaks and featuring Viking ruins).

A phone’s GPS will update...

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Off the coast of New Zealand’s South Island, visitors can paddle up close to fur seals on a “Guided Seal Kayaking Half Day Experience” with Kaikoura Kayaks (19 Killarney St., Kaikoura; phone +64 21 462 889, kaikourakayaks.nz). Kayakers also may see blue penguins, dusky dolphins and, possibly, whales.

The 3- to 3½-hour tour is offered multiple times daily throughout the year. NZD110 (near $71) per adult and NZD70 per child 12 and under. Single and double kayaks...

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Visitors can learn the art of making chocolate in numerous workshops (each offered in English) at the headquarters of Swiss chocolatier Cailler (Rue Jules Bellet 7, Broc, Fribourg, Switzerland; phone +41 26 921 59 60).

In the 3-hour “Bean to Bar” workshop (CHF77 [near $80]), participants learn the entire process, from roasting beans to tempering the liquid chocolate, each forming their own bar. A 3-hour “Truffles” class (CHF77) works with dark, milk and white...

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The “Jing-Zhang” high-speed rail system, with trains reaching speeds of up to 217 mph, began operation in northeastern China on Dec. 30. Traveling 108 miles between Beijing and Zhang­jiakou (two cities that will be hosting Winter Olympics events in 2022), the train makes 10 stops, with a total travel time of 47 minutes.

The trains traveling on the Jing-Zhang route are the world’s first auto-driving “smart” trains, which navigate via satellite...

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