Back to Ilulissat

My fourth day in Greenland – I decided to take it easy.

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I revisited the blue trail that I walked on the first day under the midnight sun. Only this time I was more relaxed and observant. Continue reading “Back to Ilulissat”

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Hike to the Delta

I woke up at four in the morning, lying in bed listening to the sound of my surroundings. At first, it was total silence – then birds chirping, gentle waves brushing the shore, and…glacier rumbling in the distance…

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Was there another calving? I got up and rushed to the window… Continue reading “Hike to the Delta”

Hiking: Glacier Basin

Glacier Basin is a scenic hiking trail in the Mt Rainier National Park Sunrise Area.

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It offers a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier and Emmons Glacier.

The trail is in excellent condition (Thanks to WTA volunteers). It is relatively flat and shaded most of the the way to the top. Continue reading “Hiking: Glacier Basin”

Ebey’s Landing

Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island is an easy, family-friendly loop trail with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.

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The trail starts either from the Prairie Overlook Trailhead or the seaside parking lot at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road. Washington State Discovery Pass is required to park in the parking lot.

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Looking at Penn Cove where the famous namesake mussels are farmed

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The Trail to Sermermiut

It’s 23:00 Greenland time. I’m all alone on this trail. Before heading out I asked the hotel staff if it is safe to be out this late. He said yes, the sun never sets.

This is still my first day in Greenland. I set out to do this walk after dinner. Continue reading “The Trail to Sermermiut”

Road to Snæfellsnes, Iceland

Descend, bold traveller, into the crater of the jökull of Snæfell, which the shadow of Scartaris touches before the Kalends of July, and you will attain the center of the earth. 
-Jules Verne

The volcano to the center of the earth is Snæfellsjökull and it is situated on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

After picking up the rental car, I set out to my own expedition. It only takes two hours to get to Snæfellsnes from Reykjavik. But when driving in Iceland, stops are essential.

Stop #1. Horses

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Stop #2 Fisherman and waterfall Continue reading “Road to Snæfellsnes, Iceland”

Food and Saga in Reykjavik

I just got back from a fantastic trip to Iceland and Greenland. I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

This was my second visit in Iceland. First time around, I did the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón and even took a hike in Thórsmörk. So this time, I decide to do something different. A friend recommended The Food & Saga Gourmet Tour by Season Tours and I was glad to have done it.

Chef Tyffi Tyffason is a professional chef, who is passionate about cooking, photography and showing people around his beautiful country. He will pick you up from your hotel, take you to interesting places around Reykjavik. Some of which you would have never thought of visiting as a tourist, such as this ocean front secret foot bath – filled with wonderful Icelandic geothermal water, which is actually an art piece designed and installed by Icelandic artist Ólöf Nordal, titled Kvika:

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Bernese Oberland

Switzerland has some of the most scenic and efficient railways in the world. It takes less than two hours to get from Bern to Wengen. The journey involves three changes, at Spiez, Interlaken Ost, and Lauterbrunnen and is a feast for the eyes in itself.

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The Lion, the Panorama, and the Bridge

The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff — for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff. His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France.

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Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies. Continue reading “The Lion, the Panorama, and the Bridge”