One of the jetties at Colesbukta (Coles Bay) at the southern end of Isfjorden in Nordenskiöld Land on Spitzbergen the largest island of the Svalbard group, a territory of Norway inside the Arctic Circle on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Svalbard-1-28

Colesbukta; Eerie Ghost town in Svalbard

The small convoy of snowmobiles weaved its way through a winding snow valley and rattled along icy trails across a frozen fjord, until the first signs of Colesbukta appeared. A field of rotting wooden supports, like tombstones in a snow-covered cemetery. Also, known as Coles Bay, a series of ramshackle, deserted structures, isolated in the pristine wilderness began to emerge …

View of Prague in the Czech Republic from the Charles Bride looking over the Vltava River on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Processed Czech Republic 2017-57

Prague: City of Elegance wears a Party Hat

It seems fair to say that in the United Kingdom, Prague has a reputation as being one of the destinations of choice when it comes to a groom’s celebration of their forthcoming nuptials. One reason, its accessibility, it’s an easy city to get to, I flew direct from Manchester to Prague with Jet2. There are casinos, clubs and bars that cater …

An aurora at the Sweden Icehotel on the Torne River in Jukkasjarvi, near the town of Kiruna in Swedish Lapland, inside the Arctic Circle, Scandinavian Europe on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Lapland-2

Becoming “The Flash” at the Sweden Icehotel

For those not familiar with comic book heroes, “The Flash” is Barry Allen, a “DC Comics” character, that is the fastest man on earth. Making a whistle-stop visit to the Sweden Icehotel, in Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, fitting in three days worth of visit in one evening had me feeling slightly like the fictional speedster. My arrival had been straight forward …

A strawman at "Masopust" carnival in the Czech Republic on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Masupust 2017-11

Masopust – “Carnival” in the Czech Republic

Masopust is the Czech word for Carnival and it is no coincidence that Masopust, in the village of Vortová, occurs at the same time as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday (pancake Tuesday) and the wonderfully opulent Festival of Venice. It all revolves around Lent. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. It’s the …

Bison on the Alaska Highway, the road from Watson Lake in British Columbia, Canada on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Yukon 039

Bison on the Road from Watson Lake

“What’s there to do in  Watson Lake?” “Go to Liard River Hots Springs, it’s just down the road in north British Columbia“. The itinerary planned a full day in Watson Lake, The Yukon, so I’d asked the same question of several of the residents, which presented a bit of a challenge. As the trip was about exploring The Yukon, travelling …

The sandstone Treasury in the Nabateaen city of Petra in south Jordan on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Jordan 001-8

Postcard from Petra, The Rose-Red City

The donkey looked me square in the eye and challenged me to pass without taking its picture, stepping left, it shifted, stepping right, same response. There was nothing to be done, but place my backpack down, accept the inevitable and acquiesce to the wishes of my wannabe model. Several minutes later, after he seemed satisfied I was permitted to continue …