Wilderness Coffee & Natural High is about nature travel and adventures, hiking and road trips. My name is Nancy, and I love to drink coffee in the wilderness. I’m a volcano enthusiast, passionate about Iceland, mountains and spectacular nature shows. I also love to hike and lose myself in bizarre landscapes that trigger a natural high.
On this website you can find awesome walking tracks, stories about islands, hiking on mountains, and various ramblings about weird & wonderful places. And how to visit an erupting volcano in Iceland. All of these with lots of photos, maps and practical information.
Travel stories & articles
My stories are based on my own experiences and original research. You can find them on the blog page. In 2024 I am redesigning & restructuring my website and blog layout.
I have walked, driven and explored all of these routes myself. My goal is to share my experience and travel tips, to inspire you and to provide helpful advice for planning a trip. I hope you enjoy these places for all the beauty they have to offer.
Flying a drone towards the active crater @ Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland! It came back to tell the story… 😉
What is Wilderness Coffee & Natural High?
I named my blog after two distinctive expressions I was already using for many years: ‘wilderness coffee’ and ‘natural high’. One is part of the essential survival gear for me on any trip, the other a state of mind that occurs naturally when you blissfully bumble around awe-inspiring places. They are both a source of endless joy!
I know ‘Wilderness Coffee & Natural High’ is not what is usually recommended when choosing a website name: short and easy… But I didn’t want a random cliché blog name like ‘NancyTravels’, ‘FollowMeAround’, ‘MyFootstepsAcrossTheWorld’ or something like that.
I love to drink coffee in the wilderness, and show you the beauty of nature.
A blissful state of mind
There is something about climbing mountains and immersing yourself into nature that just can’t be explained into words. The effects it has on your state of mind are incredible. Feelings of happiness, joy & gratitude, triggered by endorphins and the beauty that surrounds you.
It’s the ultimate mindfulness. Nature & hiking & mountains becomes a natural high. It all adds up to something greater than the sum of its parts. You just never lose your sense of wonder. Seeing an erupting volcano is like looking into the very soul of the Earth, sparkling with the joyous energy of life.
A wilderness coffee & a natural high simultaneously featured in one picture! @ Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland.
My background is in travel planning and SEO. And I’m a bit of a geology geek. I am particularly drawn to volcanoes, geothermal valleys, mountains and crazy rock formations. I’m also fascinated by various natural and weather phenomena, like northern lights, solar eclipses, and the elusive dalalæða.
So it’s no wonder that I spent a lot of time in Iceland over the past years.
Iceland is the love child of powerful geological forces. When the Mid-Atlantic Ridge mantle plume and tectonic plates collided 25 million years ago, they created an insane landscape. It’s total madness; the geological laboratory of the Earth itself.
Inner drive to explore & write stories
Creating a blog has been in the back of my mind for ages. But I ‘never got around doing it’, until I started Wilderness Coffee & Natural High in 2017. I love to write stories and I have an inner drive to go out & explore. It’s something that already manifested itself in childhood, when you’re naturally drawn to the things you like to do most.
I am a restless native from The Netherlands. A Dutch antipodean with a nordic soul, who loves the summer midnight sun (but not so much the cold & winter time!) 😉 I have lived & travelled extensively in Iceland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as various other places around the world in the past 25 years.
Why I love to travel
For me, travelling is not about ticking things off some so-called ‘bucket list’. Nor is it about escaping reality, trying to ‘find yourself’ or proving something to myself, or anyone. That all just sounds too compulsive to me. You need to be comfortable with your own company no matter where you go.
I travel because of the pure joy that it brings.
And I love to share that joy and sense of wonder.
A plan to go somewhere often comes bubbling up spontaneously. Some places have been in the back of my mind for ages. On other ocasions, I travelled somewhere on a sudden whim. Sometimes I had only vague ideas of what to expect – and was completely overwhelmed. Some places have captured my heart and keep me wanting to come back multiple times.
Beyond the beaten path
The focus of my travel tends to be a bit off the beaten track. I have a tendency to create unusual routes beyond the mainstream and look for hidden treasures. Along the way I like to stay in small scale accommodation and guesthouses. These are often run by people who are passionate about what they’re doing, and a meeting place for like-minded travellers.
Wilderness Coffee with a view! @ Wineglass Bay, Tasmania.
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