Mad Dogs and Englishmen – A trekking in Iceland saga

“Mount Esja ……….. You are going to walk it?” asked the bus driver near Reykjavik, Iceland, after enquiring if he could tell me when the bus reached the base of the mountain. When I affirmed my intention to do just this, he replied “You’re mad!” The day had started out defining dreary, grey and drab with constant drizzle driven by …

Having a Whale of a time in Husavik, Iceland

Whale watching is either on almost everybody’s bucket list or they have already had the pleasure. The chance to see the largest animal that has ever lived shouldn’t be missed, visitors see blue whales off Iceland, especially Husavik every year. Any whale would be a lifetime ‘highlight’ regardless of which, species swam across the bow. Husavik is on the eastern …

How being drunk for 6 months in Sweden helped me get a degree

Chloe Barnes Website: Camping in Heels Chloe is an Australian expat living in Scotland. She’s not quite sure why she’s there, but after years of experiencing seasons that include ‘rainy’, ‘uncomfortably warm’, ‘I think I might burst into flames’, and ‘can they even measure this in Celsius?!’ it’s a pleasant change. Just quietly, she’s also really uncomfortable writing about herself …

Surprising Nerja and the rain in Spain

Nerja is in Andalusia on Spain’s Costa del Sol, about forty minutes from Malaga Airport so any expectations were not too high. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a pretty little resort without too much development.  Retaining some traditional Spanish charm, with winding narrow streets and people selling fruit and vegetables from their front doors. The Balcony of …

Wild Nights in the Lakes – The Lakeland Haute Route

Taking the high road Mention the Haute Route to any keen skier and the chances are they will get a faraway look in their eyes and start waxing lyrical about endless slopes of pristine virgin powder and awesome scenery.  The Haute or High Level route links the great alpine centres of Chamonix and Zermatt.  Boasting Mont Blanc as the starting …

Iceland – The Golden Circle; Tour of Tours

Excursion diversion One of Iceland’s most popular attractions is actually three; ‘The Golden Circle’ tour takes in several of the islands most scenic and well-known landmarks. Excursions are popular and several companies are available that offer this tour. Most people who only do one tour usually end up opting for this one. It requires an early start, setting out from …