The walking track to Helgafell

Poor old Helgafell is often a bit overlooked, as everyone flocks to its famous neighbour Eldfell. For a long time, Helgafell was the ruling volcano on Heimaey. The one that merged the chain of rocks to the north and Stórhöfði to the south into the present island, its classic volcano-shaped silhouette dominating the interior. Until Eldfell turned up Continue reading

The walking track to Heimaklettur – the Home Rock

Heimaklettur is the biggest rock in the jumbled chain of cliffs wrapped around the harbour of Heimaey, the main island of Vestmannaeyjar.

The harbour entrance is stunningly beautiful. People coming in on the ferry are regularly going into a photo-frenzy when they sail into the harbour, through a narrow Continue reading

Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær…! (Nederlandse versie)

I normally write my stories in English, but this is a one-off exception. It has become my most popular story by far. I wrote it in January as a public note on my own Facebook page, and it received a lot of heartwarming response. I’ve been asked by several people if I could write it in Dutch too. So here it is – op speciaal verzoek nu ook in het Nederlands 😉

Vanaf het moment dat ik de Vestmannaeyjar eilanden aan de horizon zag lonken, tijdens mijn eerste korte trip naar IJsland in 2006, werd ik overvallen door een onweerstaanbare drang. Het was als een soort van onverklaarbare natuurkracht Continue reading

Vestmannaeyjar! – Þar sem hjartað slær…!

I have been drawn to Vestmannaeyjar ever since I first saw those mysterious island shapes shimmering on the horizon, on my first short trip to Iceland in 2006. It was like a force of nature that couldn’t be denied. I just had to go there.

When I returned in August 2007 for a longer trip with more time to explore, those islands were first on my list. Sailing into Heimaey harbour, through a narrow opening surrounded by a jumbled chain of steep cliffs on one side, and a huge field of Continue reading

Blown away big time! – The overwhelming beauty of Iceland

I didn’t really know what to expect of Iceland on my first visit. I just went on short trip because I wanted to see Sigur Rós. Little did I expect to be blown away in more ways than one… and that it would trigger many more trips to come. Continue reading

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

It’s hard to explain if you haven’t experienced it. I thought I’ll just do it once and be done with it. But then it gets under your skin, and you find yourself with an aching heart, just seeing all those people crossing the Waal bridge on the first morning, the euphoria Continue reading

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

I’ve been drawn to Australia for a long, long time. I got a Working Holiday visum just within the window of opportunity, and I explored the country for many months. Ever since, I’ve suffered from the ‘boomerang syndrome’. Once you’ve Continue reading

Northern lights! – Energy from out of space pouring in

There are few natural phenomena quite as awe-inspiring to behold as the magical northern lights. Perhaps rivalled only by a total solar eclipse or a volcanic eruption.

No amount of images or videos circulating on the internet can truly convey the feeling of what it’s like to be surrounded by them, and see them Continue reading

NaturePic challenge!

I was asked to participate in another Nature Pic Challenge. So – along the lines of yesterday’s story ‘Ode to the mountains’ – this week’s theme will be another favourite Continue reading

Ode to the mountains! – The magic of Mount Taranaki

As long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by mountains. Especially of the fire-spewing kind… Perhaps because of the total absence of them in my home country The Netherlands… or perhaps it’s something more. The awe-inspiring beauty and majesty of them. The mysterious lure Continue reading