The walking track to Blátindur – The dazzling heights of Dalfjall

Blátindur is not for the faint-hearted. It’s that imposing peak rising up majestically above Herjólfsdalur, and it requires some serious scrambling up its steep and craggy slope. There are no chains or ropes along the track, nor any carved out steps. So you have to be prepared to Continue reading

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The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic

There are many beautiful walks around the island of Heimaey – and it would be difficult to choose just one if you have limited time. The track from the harbour up the backroad to Herjólfsdalur and Dalfjall is probably my favourite. It circles around the ridge above Herjólfsdalur, and the density of spectacular sights Continue reading

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. It’s that famous volcano that spectacularly erupted out of nowhere in January 1973. It’s very colourful, the track is easily accessible, and the views are absolutely stunning in all directions. From the top you can gawk onto the impressive Continue reading

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 often triggered into a photo-frenzy when they sail into the harbour, through a narrow 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

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