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Author: Nancy Claus # Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

I am Nancy, and I love to drink coffee in the wilderness :-) On my blog you can find descriptions of walking tracks, stories about islands, mountains and volcanoes, and various ramblings of weird & wonderful places. I hope you will be inspired by the beauty of nature.
Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

Fimmvörðuháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

The Fimmvörðuháls walking route between Skógar and Þórsmörk, the easy way and the hard way. Hike the fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull into the fabled valley of Þórsmörk, full of big mountains, glaciers with volcanoes underneath, huge river valleys and gorges. And: how not to get lost on Útigönguhöfði mountain.

Kruiend ijs – Drifting ice in The Netherlands

Kruiend ijs – Drifting ice in The Netherlands

The rare natural phenomenon of ‘kruiend ijs’ in The Netherlands. Drifting sheets of ice, causing unusual scenes as they piled up around the shores of the inland sea IJsselmeer. A sight that is usually confined to (sub) Arctic environments much further north.

The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

The walking track to Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach in a sheltered cove behind the impressive folded cliffs of Blátindur. It’s almost like Hawaii – but without the palm trees. It can be blissfully sheltered – and wind-free! – and significantly warmer than the rest of the island. On the way you’ll pass by the little house on the giant plug.

End of year list – The 5 most popular posts in 2017

End of year list – The 5 most popular posts in 2017

It’s that exciting time of end-of-year lists! A summary of the five most popular blog posts from Wilderness Coffee & Natural High. Click on the individual links to see the full description and the photo’s. I hope to keep inspiring you with natural highs that come from being surrounded by the beauty of nature.

The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

The walking track to Klif – The beacon rock

The scrambling track to Klif, with ropes down the slope and a beacon of light on the top. You can haul yourself up this stunning cliff along ropes and chains attached to the upper parts. That may sound a bit discouraging, but it’s actually a lot of fun, not as difficult as it looks, and well worth the effort. There’s also that incredible view of a multitude of jumbled rocks.

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Blátindur is the imposing peak rising up above Herjólfsdalur, beyond the daunting peaks of Dalfjall. It takes a bit of effort to scramble up there, but you’ll be rewarded with some truly jaw-dropping views. Including Blátindur casting its mighty shadow majestically into the bowl of Herjólfsdalur, if you go up in the afternoon.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

Herjólfsdalur is intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it. It looks like a giant natural amphitheatre, with stupendous rocks rising up on all sides as you enter the valley. The walk along the top ridge is one not to be missed. The distraction rate is very high, and there’s a great density of spectacular sights and features along the way.

The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain

The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain

The walk to the top of Edfell is the one every visitor to Heimaey wants to do. It’s the famous volcano that spectacularly erupted out of nowhere in 1973. It’s very colourful, the track is easily accessible, and the views are absolutely stunning in all directions. From the top you can gawk onto the impressive lava flow that was furiously roiling & boiling only a few decades ago, and single-handedly enlarged the island by several square kilometers.

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