Ikkattooq Hut on the Arctic Circle Trail
I remove my clothing and waterproof my gear in preparation for the deepest and most dangerous river crossing of the hike. It’s time to get wet!
NOTE: This is Part 3 of a series. ► Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4 | Packing/Logistics
DAY 7: Ikkattooq to Eqalugaarniarfik (and beyond)
Hiking Distance 19 km (12 miles) | 8 hours
Before we get to the river, let me first tell you about an interesting Danish couple I met at the Ikkattooq cabin. We chatted for a few hours before night fell, hiding out from the storm overhead.
Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail
The adventure continues as I trek across West Greenland’s colorful tundra on a trail that winds between numerous glacial lakes. Bleached reindeer bones guide the way.
NOTE: This is Part 2 of a series. ► Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Packing/Logistics
DAY 4: Hundesø to Katiffik
Hiking Distance 20 km (12.5 miles) | 8 hours
Arriving at Hundesø in the middle of the night, I decide to camp nearby rather than wake any potential hikers/hunters that may be sleeping inside.
This cabin isn’t exactly “offical” like...
Hiking the Arctic Circle Trail
Standing alone on Greenland’s barren ice cap in complete silence, you’re hit with the reality of how remote this place is. Smiling, I hike West as snow begins to fall.
NOTE: This is Part 1 of a series. ► Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Packing/Logistics
Before visiting Greenland to hike the Arctic Circle Trail, I mistakenly assumed the country was a huge mass of snow & ice. However that’s not entirely true…
While 85% of Greenland is covered in ice, there’s a narrow strip along the coastline that’s...
Chasing Northern Lights in Iceland
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see colorful lights dancing in the night sky. Learn how to find & photograph the amazing Northern Lights in Iceland.
Northern Lights In Iceland
Before I visited Iceland, I’d only witnessed the Northern Lights one other time. They dazzled the sky one night in Montana back when I was in college. The lights transfixed me for hours, watching the eerie green glow of the Aurora Borealis dance over a high mountain range.
Chasing and photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland was a top...
Crystal Ice Caves in Iceland
Vatnajokull Glacier, Iceland
We crawl slowly on hands & knees into a long frozen chamber, under a brilliant cathedral of crystal blue waves. Superman would feel right at home in this ice cave.
When the Man of Steel wants to get away from the hustle & bustle of Metropolis, he flies to his “Fortress of Solitude” hidden in the Arctic. A magnificent crystal castle built using Krypton alien technology.
What if I told you Superman’s crystal fortress is real?
Deep under Iceland’s massive Vatnajökull Glacier, beautiful caves of ice are...
Famous Plane Crash in Iceland
Sólheimasandur Beach, Iceland
I’m sure you’ve seen photos before. Twisted wreckage from an old airplane crash in Iceland on Sólheimasandur black sand beach. Here are the directions to find it.
It’s one of Iceland’s most iconic & haunting photography locations. On Saturday Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach in the south of Iceland after experiencing some severe icing.
Luckily all crew members survived the crash, but the airplane’s fuselage...
Driving the Golden Circle
Driving the Golden Circle is a popular day trip for visitors to Iceland. The 300km route covers many beautiful landmarks in a short period of time.
If you can’t spend a full week driving Iceland’s Ring Road (which circles the country), renting a car and driving the smaller Golden Circle route on your own is a perfect option. Especially for people on a short layover flying to or from Europe, or if you simply don’t have much time.
Self-driving the Golden Circle rather than joining an organized tour allows you stop for photos anytime you want...
The Garden Island
Taveuni Island, Fiji
I was unprepared for just how beautiful Taveuni island would be. A mountainous landscape covered by tropical rainforest and plenty of hidden waterfalls to explore.
Nicknamed “The Garden Island” due to the incredible amount of vegetation you’ll find there, Taveuni is the 3rd largest of Fiji’s 300+ islands. Compared to others it has very little development.
A majority of Taveuni’s flora & fauna are protected by two nature preserves and a national park.
Visiting is usually accomplished in a small propeller plane, and...
Pineapples at Suva Market
In Fiji’s capital city, almost everyone shops for their fruits & vegetables at the Suva Municipal Market. You can find all kinds of different and exotic produce here. Examples include root vegetables like taro, cassava, and kava — plus plenty of fresh fruit like pineapples, coconuts, papaya, wi, bananas, and more.