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

In 2006 I went on an impromptu trip to Iceland. Along the south coast, I drove through some of the most overwhelmingly beautiful landscapes I’ve ever seen. It was beyond anything I could have imagined beforehand. The moment I saw those mysterious island shapes of Vestmannaeyjar Continue reading


Cook Islands – The stuff of Pacific dreams

The Cook Islands are the stuff of Pacific dreams. White, sandy, coconut-strewn palm beaches, translucent lagoons in all shades of shimmering blue, and a laid-back atmosphere where everything just circulates on island time. But there are also craggy peaks beckoning in the Continue reading

Stromboli – The ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean

Stromboli is the stuff of legends. The ancient lighthouse of the Mediterranean; it has been erupting its mesmerizing glow for over 2000 years, in such a way it has actually become the ‘type locality’ for it. When I saw its triangular shape looming on the horizon, it was pulling me like Continue reading

Faroe Islands – Atlantic weather systems moving overhead

When I wanted to combine a trip to Scotland with Iceland in 2007, the Faroe Islands were a logical and enticing stopover along the route. Rather irregular boat and flight schedules only allowed a 2-night stay. I was a bit apprehensive about the ferry trip from Scotland, as the ocean can be quite turbulent Continue reading

Hawaii (Big Island) – Volcanic fields of fire

I’ve been wanting to go to Hawaii for nearly half a lifetime. Not so much the touristy parts of Honolulu, but the enigmatic steaming Big Island, where fiery flows of lava tumble down its rocky shores into the sea. And home of the Continue reading

El Hierro – A volcanic hotspot underneath the sea

The Canary Islands have a lot more to offer than the well-known beach resorts on Tenerife and Gran Canaria. With breathtaking mountains and rugged volcanic landscapes there is a lot of truly beautiful nature to be discovered. I went island hopping on the Canary Islands in December 2011, and the one that Continue reading