The Aeolian Islands in south Italy are the stuff of legends and a geological paradise. Stromboli, the ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean, is famous for its fountain eruptions. Vulcano is the namegiver of eruptive mountains we now know as volcanoes. Regular ferries from Naples or Milazzo on Sicily going to Stromboli, Lipari and Vulcano make it easy to go island hopping on the Aeolian Islands.
An overview of the best walking tracks around Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar. With its incredible density of spectacular sights and features, this stunning island just off the south coast is a must-see if you’re visiting Iceland. There are steep and craggy mountain ridges, dramatic sea cliffs, hidden beaches, a couple of volcanoes, mossy lava flows and a magical valley. And the biggest puffin colony in the world. Find out more in this article.
The Fimmvörðuháls hike between Skógar and Thórsmörk is nothing short of epic. This 25 kilometer walking route takes you over fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull and into the fabled valley of Thórsmörk. On the top of the pass you can see the giant lava flows and new craters from the 2010 eruption. But is it possible to do all this in one day? Fimmvörðuháls the easy way, the hard way, and an unexpected grand encore on that ridiculously steep (but utterly beautiful) Útigönguhöfði mountain.
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.