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I can’t stop saying how much I love Iceland, and after explaining why coming here in winter is a wise decision, and what you can do to explore the island and stay active at the same time, it is high time to introduce you to the northernmost capital of the world, and one of my favourite cities ever: Reykjavik.
With only 120,000 people Reykjavik is certainly no urban metropolis. Instead of high …

[ Written by Kathi | 18 Feb 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

My alarm clock goes off at 9am sharp. A dozy peek out the window reveals nothing but darkness. This far up north it is still night at this time. Wrapped in big coats and scarfs we stomp through the fresh snow that had fallen all night. The air is crisp and clear. For breakfast we head to Prikið, a popular cafe on Reykjavik’s central road Laugavegur. As we stuff our …

[ Written by Kathi | 8 Feb 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

I haven’t lived in the UK for more than a few months since 2011. That’s a bit of a long time. While there are many things I don’t miss – the way rain is drawn to that country like a magnet, the dire TV options on a Saturday night (bring back Blind Date and The Generation Game, I say!), and how last orders still seems to come before 11.30pm in …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Feb 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

1 million tourists visited Iceland in 2014 – that is over 3 times as many as the local population, which only counts 320,000 Icelanders. Most of them come during the summer months (May to August) to enjoy the endless days and mostly snow-free conditions. On such a small island you can imagine how quickly this can feel crowded though. Prices increase as well during these months and tours get busier.
That’s …

[ Written by Kathi | 1 Feb 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

Many years ago, in my tenth grade French class, we were given an assignment to create a travel brochure for any French-speaking locale of our choosing. My decision was based on a place that, as a snowboarder and lover of all things winter, I perceived to be the most glamorous, magical winter wonderland I could find. It was Chamonix, France.  At the time it was a far away place, an …

[ Written by guest | 31 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

How do you keep your travel photography original? It’s close to impossible to answer that question with a few words, but Anton Charushin doesn’t need words to do that. He just does headstands. A lot of them.
Anton, 27, from Russia got into breakdancing in high school where he realised that doing headstands is pretty good for your blood circulation and general wellbeing. Well, and then there were the creative benefits. Tagging …

[ Written by Caroline | 24 Jan 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

If I had to choose my favourite city for an indulging city break, Madrid would probably rank on top of that list. I’ve only been there once, and just for a short time, but there is something about the Spanish capital that convinced me of its awesomeness in basically no time. It’s the stunning architecture on the way into town (I love the Torres Blancas and wish I could live …

[ Written by Kathi | 23 Jan 2015 | 6 Comments | ]

What do you do if you fancy a quick, cheap and little travel in the winter that will help you burn those calories and revitalise that tired winter skin? Well, it must involve a lot of walking, some stunning landscapes, cosy fires and perhaps a splash of red wine. Somewhere in the countryside with a car and great company is pretty much all you need if you fancy taking a …

[ Written by Sophie | 14 Jan 2015 | 10 Comments | ]

I have never been on a cold weather holiday. Every January, as we enter the depths of bleak mid-winter here in the UK, my little brain awakens from its gentle festive fugue of eat, sleep, drink, repeat, and starts to plan how best to flee the country to get some much needed Vitamin D. Occasionally I have allowed myself to get seduced by the idea of romantic treks through pine …

[ Written by Alex | 11 Jan 2015 | 15 Comments | ]

At this stage I have quite a bit of travel experience under my belt and I’ve slept my way through countless hotel beds, comfy ones, not so comfy ones and occasionally truly incredible ones. In fact, quite often I look forward to a night at a nice hotel more than my own bed, because a quality establishment knows what makes people happy between 10pm and 8am.
It was the weekend before …

[ Written by Katja | 8 Jan 2015 | 4 Comments | ]
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