Wake up somewhere new: Paris

Hostelling International started 2015 with a new campaign: “Wake up somewhere new” with a focus on some of their hostels in Northern Europe. They asked me to deliver some content about my years in Paris, and so I did. I also found the title of the project applicable on me, as I also woke up…

Back to life, back to re…

Back to life, back to Re…ykjavik (and reality …) On our last day, we leave the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, greet the Gerduberg row of basalt columns and head back to Reykjavik. The fastest way to go to Reykjavik is by using the Hvalfjördur Tunnel: you gain one hour (otherwise you have to go all the way around…

Discovering the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snaefellsnes. One of the four National Parks of Iceland. Iceland in miniature: black beaches, cliffs, volcanoes, lava fields, lava tunnels, birds, hot spots, springs, basalt columns and a glacier (the Snaefellsjökull). This at only 120 kilometers from Reykjavik. If you’re not planning to roadtrip across the whole island, you’ll have to stop at least at…

The shark hunter and rotten shark

On the planning today: a long trip to the peninsula of Snaefelsness in western Iceland. This peninsula is a.o. known for the Snaefelsjökull volcano where Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth begins, lava tunnels, cliffs occupied by different birds … Helgafell First stop on the road: the Helgafell aka “The Holy Mountain”. A…

About a viking fort, seals and a bizarre rock

The scenery changed today: snow covered areas turned into green and fresh panoramas. The city made place for the occasional house and church in the middle of nowhere. Back to nature and the Icelandic vastness. First stop: this cute little turf church. Turf churches are preserved historical monuments. There are also turf houses in Iceland…