This piece was written as a submission for the Bradt New Travel Writer of the Year competition. I didn’t place anywhere in the competition but I’m very proud of this work. This is a true account of my climb of Mount Kenya in July 2017. The competition theme was: I’d Like To Go Back and since we didn’t manage to summit fully, I know I’d … Continue reading One Day Soon – Climbing Mount Kenya
Winding through beautiful roads, whale watching in Shaky Bay, getting stuck in the snow and swimming in hail storms. Just a few things we got up to our once in a lifetime trip to Iceland. During September 2020, I travelled to this incredible country with my partner and spent three weeks exploring The Land of Fire and Ice. Twelve of those days, we spent in … Continue reading Iceland Ring Road Trip
The ice was falling hard and fast around us, we had to make a choice; stay here indefinitely, or bolt to the van, half naked. On our second day of driving through the dramatic Icelandic countryside, we’d decided to take ourselves to the Westfjords. The landscape surrounding us was harsh and icy from the intermittent snow showers. We’d done our research and found the infamous … Continue reading A Natural Bath in a Hail Storm | Fosslaug, Iceland
I stepped on the brakes and the car carried on down the hill. At that moment, I knew I’d made a huge mistake.. It had been a sleepless few nights on the road. We’d hired a van to travel around the Icelandic ring road a few days previously. We’d been enjoying our time, but an icy front from the north had swept in and made … Continue reading Snow Problem!
I’ve been thinking about this for a few years, so here we go! I love a good pun, and I love Christmas. In fact, my Christmas jumper collection is almost to one per day of December! Every year I scour the shelves for some decent puns for the front of a cosy jumper but the best I’ve seen (and which I own!) is ‘Soy to … Continue reading Christmas Jumpers
North Iceland’s’ advantageous weather and sea conditions make it an ideal setting to seek out the largest mammals on the planet. The number and variety of species in the Icelandic waters makes spotting them an almost guarantee. When making plans to travel to Iceland, whale watching was high on our list of things to do. We didn’t want to book a spot on a tour … Continue reading Whale Watching in Northern Iceland
Covid-19 has changed all of our travel arrangements for the near future. Living in the UK, we can only travel to certain places without facing a 14 day quarantine on the way back; and this list changes weekly so nothing is safe! My partner and I decided to travel to Iceland long before Covid was even around. In November 2019, we saw an offer for … Continue reading Iceland’s Entry Process – Covid-19 Edition
Anyone that knows me knows that Autumn is my favourite time of year. The leaves start to turn orange and brown, everywhere gets a sepia filter covering it in real life, and big jumpers are a necessity. For me, Autumn has a special kind of magic feeling to it and I always prepare in the ways below. 1. Hot Drinks I drink tea every single … Continue reading Embracing Autumn