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Land of the Gods, volcanos, sulphur and waterfalls - from Myvatn to Godafoss

Land of the Gods, volcanos, sulphur and waterfalls 

Right. Serious walking time. Hiking the Myvatn Trail Started off early on a warm and un-Arctic Sunday to do another part of the ‘Myvatn Trail‘. Going from Reykjalíð the beginning was thick with vegetation and swarms of flies and mosquitos. My preferred methods of coping with the little bastards is industrial strength Deet, smoking copiously and using my plaits like cow tail swatters. And they are everywhere. With a perverse desire to fly up your nostrils. No wonder birds come […]

A few days around Myvatn

A few days around Myvatn 

On a damp and miserable Thursday morning I set off to get the bus to go camping in Myvatn. I got a city bus to what I thought would be a main bus station, but turned out to be a bus shelter on the side of the road, for a 6.5hr journey to Akureyri. Turns out it’s the right stop, the driver takes visa (€90 one way) and there’s wifi and chargers and with regular rest stops it’s a plush […]

A sunny afternoon in Reykjavik

A sunny afternoon in Reykjavik 

Iceland is called Iceland for a reason right? It’s not supposed to be hot! Iceland was so named after the first Norseman to spend a winter here lost all his cattle to the harsh weather before packing up never to return. But it was a sunny 12°C when I landed in Keflavik the international aiport for Reykjavik. Getting to Reykjavik After getting the Flybus (2200kr one way) to the bus terminal in Reykjavik it was a short walk to B47, […]

What to bring on a hiking trip to Iceland: Camera and Backpack

What to bring for a hiking trip to Iceland – Part 2: Camera and Backpack

So – all packed up and ready to go! Bar sunglasses, phone and wallet this is the last of my kit for the summer. I also did some trial tent setting up in the kitchen (and stringing lines off door handles) and it’s actually really fast and easy to set up – so we’ll see how I get on in the lashing rain and wind on my hiking trip to Iceland. Backpack for hiking trip to Iceland So my Lowe Alpine AirZone […]

TheJournal.ie: My best road trip: a solo adventure in Northern Norway during the Polar night

TheJournal.ie: My best road trip: a solo adventure in Nord-Norge during the Polar night

Planning a road trip in Norway Delighted to be featured on TheJournal.ie with an article I did on a recent road trip in Northern Norway. You can check out the whole gallery here. My best road trip: a solo adventure in Nord-Norge during the Polar night Driving around Nordland, Troms and Finnmark in Northern Norway under the Northern Lights. I’ve spent summers in Arctic countries and always loved the long days and midnight sun. But I really wanted to experience the […]

What to do when your hard drive fails and your images disappear!

What to do when your hard drive fails and your images disappear!

So this week I had a potential disaster when I lost all my images. All 50,000. To say I was panicking and ready to give up was an understatement. I brought the hard drive into work to get a file and when I got home the images folder was empty. Not a single image. My entire portfolio, and years of memories gone. Probably it was a virus, or maybe the drive was unstable. Either way this worked for me to […]

What to bring on a hiking trip to Iceland: Hiking and Camping Gear

What to bring for a hiking trip to Iceland

Getting ready for my next big trip: two months in the Arctic! The plan is to head to Iceland in July and hopefully meet up with the Annabel J, a 54 foot Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, and hopefully, if there’s not too much ice, head to East Greenland. We’ll sail around there and come back to Ireland in September. The only thing is as there is no rendezvous date to meet with the boat (with my sailing gear already onboard) I […]

Get out of your comfort zone! (Or how to be more adventurous)

Get out of your comfort zone! (Or how to be more adventurous)

I am terrified of heights. I always have been and put it down to my Dad walking right up to the edge of the cliff at Dún Aonghasa on the Aran Islands when I was really young. Since then I’ve tried skydiving to get over it but a few jumps in I broke my foot in 7, 9 or more places, partially dislocated it, ripped everything from the knee down and still have problems from it. Haven’t gone since and I […]

What happened your camera? Reducing the risk of camera theft

What happened your camera? Reducing the risk of camera theft

“What happened your camera?” they ask.  Well. Nothing. “It’s been through the wars eh?” Umm. Nope. “It’s a piece of crap through, right?” Ah now! As they wave their Nikon/Canon/Fuji/Whatever-logo around I do wonder… So I got a lovely new camera about 18 months ago before I went to Morocco. It’s a Canon 70D, and reasonably expensive and obviously I didn’t want to hand it over to the first thief I met. I’m not saying that Morocco is full is thieves […]

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