When I saw those island shapes of Vestmannaeyjar shimmering on the horizon, I felt immediately drawn to them. It was like a force of nature that couldn’t be denied. I just had to go there. Sailing into Heimaey harbour, through a narrow opening surrounded by a jumbled chain of steep cliffs and a huge field of intimidating lava flows is mind-blowing.
The Cook Islands are the stuff of Pacific dreams. White, sandy, coconut-strewn palm beaches and translucent lagoons in all shades of shimmering blue. But there are also craggy peaks beckoning in the interior of Rarotonga, the main island.
Stromboli is the stuff of legends, the ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean. The volcano island has been erupting its mesmerizing glow for over 2000 years, in such a way it has actually become the ‘type locality’ for it. I saw its triangular shape looming on the horizon, excited to finally see the strombolian action from up close.
The Faroe Islands are an enticing stopover in the north Atlantic ocean between Denmark, Norway and Iceland. There are impressive mountains everywhere, stupendously rising up from the sea. The capital of Tórshavn is a charming little town with colorful and grassy houses, and the climate is surprisingly mild.
The enigmatic Big Island of Hawaii, where flows of lava tumble down its rocky shores into the sea. I walked across the fields of fire from Kalapana to the Kilauea lava flows and stood utterly mesmerized looking upon the creation process of Earth itself. It is one of the most mindblowing things one could hope to see.
El Hierro, the most remote and authentic of the Canary Islands, with volcanic activity still bubbling underneath the sea. Once considered as the edge of the known world, consisting mostly of huge cliffs rising straight up to over a 1000 metres high and an enormous crescent shaped valley. It’s absolutely spectacular.
Hinchinbrook Island is pure bliss. Rugged mountains covered in lush jungle vegetation, broad sweeping beaches and meandering estuaries. Unspoiled wilderness that can only be explored on foot. The Thorsborne Trail follows a 32 kilometre route along the east coast. It’s one of the most beautiful hikes in the world.
Nature pic challenge: Remote Islands. Wilderness Coffee & Natural High will be kicked off with a Nature Pic Week. Seven days of inspiring photo’s to highlight some places that will induce a natural high. There are plenty of beautiful islands in the sea to be discovered.