Mount Taranaki looms majestically over New Plymouth, on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The mythical mountain that is obscured from view most days of the year, shrouded by its own low-hanging clouds. But now it stood there, clearly visible, and beckoning in all its glory. I literally skidded to a halt when I saw it, and changed my course and planning there & then. It was calling me and I had to go.
There are few natural phenomena as awe-inspiring as the magical northern lights.The skies opened up and flares of charged particles & energy from out of space came pouring in, creating a display of light so magnificient it took your breath away. Massive green curtains dropping down with purple tips on their edges, shifting and changing in all directions. The northern lights will completely overwhelm you, to an extend where you can only utter sounds of sheer admiration, with a fading voice due to being blown away. When can you see northern lights? Read about hunting the elusive Aurora Borealis in this story.
Mount Rjúpnafell is one of the steepest mountains in the valley of Thórsmörk. The hike to the top is quite challenging, but you will be rewarded with panoramic views of glaciers and colourful folded mountain ranges. There’s also a sweet litte river valley hidden along the track below its slopes.
Útigönguhöfði is that ridiculously steep mountain you see looming everywhere in Þórsmörk and on the way down from Fimmvörðuháls. It offers some of the best views across the valley. The impressive Hvannárgil canyon runs below its slopes and together they form a beautiful circuit. See how to get there, and combine this walk with Hvannárgil canyon or the lower part of the Fimmvörðuháls route. Be prepared for some serious crawling up the rocks on either side!
The fabled valley of Þórsmörk is the stuff of fairytales, so beautiful that it almost seems unreal. It’s full of folded valleys and convoluted gorges, glaciers with volcanoes underneath and bizarrely shaped mountains. You have to see it for yourself to believe it’s real. These spectacular hikes are a great way to do so.
Stórhöfði is the southernmost point of Heimaey, and home to the biggest puffin colony in Iceland. There’s also the surreal geological beach of Klauf, formed by volcanic eruptions from several directions. On the coastal track to Stórhöfði you can see incredible views, wild cliff formations and lots of puffins along the way.
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