Stories & articles

Stories & articles

On this page you can find a handy overview of my longer travel stories and articles. There’s also a selection of shorter posts about beautiful places to discover & explore. Enjoy 🙂

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Travel stories

Fagradalsfjall – The spectacular Iceland eruption

After a long period of intense rumbling, Reykjanes kicked into action and coughed up a new volcano in a secluded valley below Fagradalsfjall. What followed is a series of breathtaking events so incredible it has blown the minds of many people around the world.

Solar eclipse – A mind-blowing experience

Nothing can prepare you for what it’s like to see a solar eclipse in all its full-blown glory. It leaves you in total awe, and may well turn you into an eclipse chasing umbraphile…

Ode to the mountains – The magic of Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki in New Zealand, the mythical mountain obscured from view most days of the year. Now it was beckoning in all its glory. It was calling me and I had to go.

Northern lights – Energy from out of space pouring in

The magical northern lights are an awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. And Iceland is right beneath the aurora oval. Find out when you can see northern lights in Iceland.

The opal fields of Lightning Ridge – The mesmerizing draw of luminous stone

Opal fever is real. It draws you in and takes hold of you when you go into the opal fields of Lightning Ridge. The only place in the world where the elusive black opal is found.

The Vierdaagse of Nijmegen – Four days of long-distance trials & tribulations

The Vierdaagse of Nijmegen, a four days long distance walk. What drives people to do this? It’s hard to explain if you haven’t experienced it. The euphoria of the Via Gladiola causes a recurring virus.

First impressions of Iceland – Blown away big time!

I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Iceland on my first visit, a short trip to see Sigur RĂłs. Little did I expect to be blown away in more ways than one… And that it would trigger many more trips to come.

Vestmannaeyjar – Ăžar sem hjartaĂ° slær

I was drawn to Vestmannaeyjar at first sight. A spectacular island of volcanic peaks and jumbled rocks. And that ĂžjóðhátĂ­Ă° festival they have in August – geWELDIG!

Dalalæða – Spectacular waterfalls of fog

The Icelandic dalalæða, an elusive phenomenon of fog waterfalls. I was incredibly lucky to see this spectacular sight, with waterfalls of fog flowing over the rocks and mountains all around.

FimmvörĂ°uháls – The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull

The Fimmvörðuháls walking track between Skógar and Thórsmörk, the easy way and the hard way. The fiery pass across Eyjafjallajökull into the fabled valley of Thórsmörk. And: how not to get lost on Útigönguhöfði mountain.

Island hopping on the Aeolian Islands – A volcanic archipelago

The Aeolian Islands are a geological paradise, especially if you like 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.

Kerlingarfjöll – Steaming valleys and surreal landscapes

Hveradalir is a geothermal valley in the Kerlingarfjöll mountains, so magnificient that you wonder if it’s even real. It’s like you’ve stepped into a surrealistic painting.

ThĂłrsmörk – ĂštigönguhöfĂ°i and Hvannárgil canyon

Útigönguhöfði is that ridiculously steep mountain you see looming everywhere in Thórsmörk. You can combine this walk with Hvannárgil canyon or Fimmvörðuháls.

ThĂłrsmörk – RjĂşpnafell and the hidden valley

The hike to the top of Mount RjĂşpnafell is quite challenging. But you will be rewarded with sweeping views of glaciers and colourful folded mountain ranges all around. There’s also a sweet litte river valley hidden along the track below its slopes.

Short stories & NaturePic series

Haleakala – The House of the Rising Sun

Mount Haleakala is the House of the Rising Sun. The sunrise on this volcano on Maui lights up its caldera in ethereal beauty and otherworldly colours.

Hawaii – Volcanic fields of fire

The enigmatic Big Island of Hawaii, where flows of lava tumble down its rocky shores into the sea. It’s mindblowing to see the creation process of Earth itself.

Natural Art – Hawaiian heart-shaped lava

Nature is a master at creating works of art. This heart-shaped piece of lava lies peacefully radiating on the Kilauea lava flow, near Kalapana on Hawaii.

El Hierro – A volcanic hotspot underneath the sea

El Hierro, the most remote and authentic of the Canary Islands. A spectacular island with huge cliffs and a volcanic hotspot bubbling underneath the sea.

Stromboli – The ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean

Stromboli is the stuff of legends. The volcano island has been erupting its mesmerizing glow as the ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean for 2000 years.

Etna – Vigorously steaming from all its craters

Mount Etna is Europe’s most active volcano. It’s in a constant state of excitement, but you can do a summit hike when it’s just quietly steaming away.

Hinchinbrook Island – Unspoiled tropical wilderness

Hinchinbrook Island is full of unspoiled wilderness that can only be explored on foot. The Thorsborne Trail along the east coast of this island is one of the most beautiful hikes in the world.

The Hazards – Scrambling up to prehistorical views

The hike up to Mount Amos is steep & challenging but very rewarding. Scramble up the boulders of The Hazards and enjoy spectacular views over Wineglass Bay.

Aurora Solaris – The sunset version of northern lights

The incredible sunset at Wollemi National Park, home of the prehistoric Wollemi Pine. It was like an Aurora Solaris – the sunset version of northern lights.

Flower Art – Wollemi Protea

The Wollemi Protea is related to the Australian waratah, banksia and macademia. All come with huge bulky intricate flowers that are truly works of art.

Tongariro – The track across Middle Earth

Nhauruhoe featured as the terrifying Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings. It’s  on the Tongariro Crossing, a 20 kilometre hike along colourful volcanic terrain.

Eyjafjallajökull – The one that rules them all

Eyjafjallajökull, the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano. Nobody knew its name, until that day in April 2010, when it literally erupted into world fame.

Vestmannaeyjar – A force of nature that can’t be denied

I was drawn to Vestmannaeyjar from the moment I saw those island shapes shimmering on the horizon. I just had to go there. It was like a force of nature that couldn’t be denied.

Reykjanes – Hidden treasures beyond the barren landscape

Reykjanes peninsula is the first impression of Iceland when you arrive. It may look desolate at first sight, but there are a lot of hidden treasures.

Kruiend ijs – Drifting ice in The Netherlands

The rare natural phenomenon of ‘kruiend ijs’ in The Netherlands. Drifting sheets of ice, causing unusual scenes piling up around the IJsselmeer shores.

Blissful remote islands – NaturePic challenge

There are plenty of beautiful islands in the sea to discover. In this NaturePic series I share some of my favourite remote islands. Sprinkled across the oceans and seas, these islands are all very different in character.

Epic mountains & volcanoes – NaturePic challenge

Explore the awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of these epic mountains and volcanoes. Some being both simultaneously.

Vestmannaeyjar hiking routes

Vestmannaeyjar – The most beautiful walks on Heimaey

Mysterious peaks rising out of the sea, just off the south coast of Iceland, this stunning island is a must-see. Vestmannaeyjar has an incredible density of spectacular sights and features. 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.

The walking track to Heimaklettur – The Home Rock

Heimaklettur is the iconic Home Rock of Vestmannaeyjar. It may look inacessible at first sight, but there are ladders and chains along the path to the top.

The walking track to Helgafell – The twin volcano

Helgafell has sweeping views of brooding volcanoes and a heart-shaped crater. For a long time, Helgafell was the ruling volcano on Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar.

The walking track to Eldfell – The Fiery Mountain

The walk to the top of Eldfell is the one every visitor to Heimaey wants to do. Eldfell erupted out of nowhere in 1973, its lava flow furiously roiling & boiling only a few decades ago.

The walking track to HerjĂłlfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

HerjĂłlfsdalur is intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it. A natural amphitheatre with giant rocks rising up on all sides. Don’t miss the hike along the top ridge!

The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Blátindur rises up above Herjólfsdalur and the daunting peaks of Dalfjall. It takes some effort to scramble up, but jaw-dropping views await at the top!

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. There’s also that incredible view of a multitude of jumbled rocks.

The zen of Stafsnes – The hidden beach

The walking track to Stafsnes, a beautiful hidden beach nestled in a cove behind the folded cliffs of Blátindur. It’s almost like Hawaii, but without palm trees. On the way you’ll pass by the little house on the giant plug.

The coastal track to StĂłrhöfĂ°i – Puffin colony and geological beach

StĂłrhöfĂ°i is home to the biggest puffin colony in Iceland. There’s also the surreal geological beach of Klauf. On the coastal track to StĂłrhöfĂ°i you can see incredible views, wild cliff formations and lots of puffins along the way.

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