Tags archives: hiking

Stairway to nothingness, Austria

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What's the bravest thing you've done on your travels? Skydiving? Bungee jumping? Whitewater rafting? Cycling Bolivia's most dangerous road? Drinking that bucket cocktail three times the size of your head at a beach party in Thailand? Well there is a new attraction in Austria made to make your knees shake and test your stomach to the max- beware this is not o[...]

Wining and Dining in South Tyrol

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Having lived relatively close to the ocean for most of my life, I'm used to flat landscapes, moderate coastal climate and a constant breeze. Even during my travels I stayed true to this pattern - with the sunny hills of California being the most unusual environment. With this in mind, you can imagine my amazement when we were approaching the mountains of [...]

On hiking in Iceland

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I once spent a year living in Iceland and I quickly came to learn a couple of special things about this place: in winter most walkways are ice-free due to intelligent piping the country's culinary specialty is rotten shark which instead of chewing is swallowed down with Brennivín (really strong alcohol) the consumption of Coca Cola per capita is high[...]

A Survival Guide for High Altitude

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  Pristine blue skies contrasting with the pure whiteness of salt deserts; vertiginous roads cutting through rainbow-coloured mountains; proud llamas strolling the high plateaus of the altiplano: the wild landscapes of the Andes range will take your breath away. Quite literally so, actually: above 2 500 or 3 000 meters, you might start experiencing w[...]

Dear Grand Canyon, I love you

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You are strong and beautiful, you stand tall, are full of surprises and you are famous around the world. Dear Grand Canyon, I have a confession to make... when I first saw you I got butterflies in my stomach, my legs were shaking and couldn't stop staring at you... for hours! You got me and will remain in my heart forever.... My first trip to the gran[...]

Bathing in ruins: a trip to Onsernone Valley

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  Carefully I dive my right foot into the hot pool, checking the temperature. It is not too hot and so I dive in with my whole body. A light smell of brimstone hangs in the air and darkness surrounds me. The little waves caused by my body break against the stone wall and make a quiet swashing sound. Hesitantly I advance towards the back of the pool, [...]

Made in Iceland

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There are girls who go to Paris for a weekend of shopping, others who spend a few days lounging by the beach in Spain. And then there are girls like Klara Harden, who wander off to Iceland to spend 25 days hiking all by herself throughout the lonely and stunning landscapes of the Icelandic highlands. The young photographer and filmmaker from Austria h[...]

We could be heroes - Tales of Telemark

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Rjukan is a Norwegian town where the sun is never seen during winter time. It's situated in the narrow valley of Vestfjord, surrounded by the Southern gateway to Hardangervidda, and by the foot of a majestic mountain: Gaustatoppen.  This stunning setting is also the reason why the nearly 3300 inhabitants of Rjukan don't even get a glimpse of a sunbeam during[...]

The Essence of Sweden - Moose, Kayaks and Sleeping in Trees

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I have never been to Sweden, but nonetheless, I somehow grew up with this country. I read all of Astrid Lindgrens novels at least twice, went to IKEA with my parents on the regular, drank Fläder Saft and ate Kötbullar meat balls. I even had a Swedish Aupair. Childhood days are long gone, but the presence of Sweden in everyday life is still around. These days[...]

How to climb a volcano

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Usually, when on holiday, I like to fully dedicate my time to a cherished eat - sleep - surf routine, which, in the past, has been proving a great way to enjoy my time off. This time, however, my dear friend Minna dared me to break the cycle and get active. After a couple of days at the beach, she did some research on local stuff to do and eventually deci[...]

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