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Whitewater Rafting in the Glacial River of Northern Iceland

// “It’s all about teamwork!” Our rafting instructor Girish shouts loudly to overcome the deafening sounds of the gushing water around us. “Forward,” he barks at us, “faster!” We paddle in full force, fighting hard to stay afloat amidst the powerful eddies that threaten to swallow us. One, two. One, two. I follow the momentum [...]

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Canyoning along Freser River in the Spanish Pyrenees

Standing on a steep rock face that stands 5m above the Freser River, I’m about to jump into the chilly waters.  Nothing quite as intimidating as the heights I’d experienced while coasteering in Wales or skydiving in Costa Brava – but like every first attempt, I’m slightly nervous. Looking down …

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Highlights of the Pyrenees: From the Mountains Through the Rivers to the Sea

Over the past week in the Spanish Pyrenees, we canyoned down rivers, biked through golden meadows, kayaked off the coast, hiked on volcanoes and even flew over the mountains on a hot air balloon. My head is still reeling from the adrenaline-packed adventures and my eyes swirling from the visual …

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Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates in Iceland

Dressed in a bulky dry suit, airtight hood and gloves, I’m taking the plunge into the glacial waters of a narrow crack. It’s not just any crack though – this is literally an opening in the Earth’s crust, a rift that separates two continents, a valley in no man’s land.  …

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Photoblog: Waterfalls, Glaciers and Valleys of Southwest Iceland

Intense, dramatic and colossal: the Southwestern coastline of Iceland is treacherous yet mystical. Dotted with towering volcanic mountains, bluish-white glaciers and hundreds of waterfalls, this part of the country is strikingly beautiful and packed with an endless list of natural attractions. While driving through the coast from Reykjavik, we stumbled upon one waterfall and valley [...]

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Adventure Travel: Destinations for Travelers of All Ages

This is a guest post by Amanda Kidd. How do you define adventure? True adventures are often journeys that change you, mesmerize you and guarantee memories for a lifetime. But it’s not just for the young – people of all ages can seek adventure in all corners of the world. Adventure …

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Hiking Iceland’s Most Active Volcano, Eyjafjallajökull

The wind was howling and the snow was raging. In the bleak midst of grey ash and white ice atop the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, the scene looked straight out of a disaster movie. With the icy frost whipping across my face at lightning speed, I could barely open my eyes, not …

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Ice and Spikes: Climbing the Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland

Left, right, ice sticks in; left, right, feet up. Forceful arm strides followed by small, heavy steps. It sounded easy enough. But once I got on that vertiginous wall of ice, it was clearly not the case. The chunky ice cliff stood at a humble height of approximately 8 meters, …

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Photoblog: Life Along the Tsiribihina River, Madagascar

Before setting off for Madagascar, I dreamt about its wildlife, its forests and its cities; but only after the trip did I realize that the most memorable moments of my trip were spent watching the locals. I remember watching them sell sugarcane on the streets, make cakes on their steaming hot pans, paint each other’s [...]

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Climbing Madagascar’s Stone Forest – Tsingy de Bemaraha

// They don’t call this the ‘wild west’ for nothing. Red Earth, robust baobab trees and brownish rivers – the remote Western region of the country epitomizes Madagascar at its most exotic. With few roads connecting here to the rest of the country, this hard-to-reach region is pockmarked with hidden caves, towering cliffs, winding rivers [...]

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Cape Town – From Wildlife Safaris to Cage Shark Diving

// This is a guest post by Mohamed Khazma. To think of a top destination in Africa is far less obvious than the choices available in Europe – but there’s Cape Town, Africa’s answer to tourist hubs. Cape Town’s position to the southern tip of Africa makes it an ideal location and a significant player [...]

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Top 7 Places for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Seeing the world from above often gives a refreshing perspective: peaked mountains transform into jagged land masses under your feet and rivers meander around like snakes. From above, land stretches beyond the horizon, revealing all the secret corners that one would have missed while on land. Atop a hot air balloon, …

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Arctic Highlights: Polar Bears, the Midnight Sun and Crackling Glaciers

// I’ve just returned from an Arctic expedition, still struggling to piece together the touching memories and overwhelming sensations. My mind is trying to process what it was that moved me so – was it the surreal beauty, the extreme conditions or the rich wildlife? Perhaps it was the rare sensation of being literally at [...]

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Wildlife-watching in the Kirindy Nature Reserve, Madagascar

// During our trip to Madagascar, the Kirindy Forest Reserve was our first stop and it also proved to be the highlight of the trip. We’d come to Madagascar to see wildlife, and Kirindy definitely did not disappoint. Located in one of the most remote corners of Madagascar, the Kirindy Forest Reserve is home to [...]

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Updates from the Arctic: Sailing Onboard the MS Expedition Cruise

// I’ve swapped the heat of Madagascar for the ice-cold chills of the Arctic, leaving behind sun-kissed beaches in exchange for glaciers, fjords and the midnight sun. Currently writing to you from Longyearbyen, I’m sitting in my cosy hotel lobby, looking out to a view of the fjord and pointed peaks. Longyearbyen is the world’s [...]

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