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Pacific Crest Trail

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This summer, I spent about 10 days with Iris on the Pacific Crest Trail starting in Yosemite National Park and leaving again from South Lake Tahoe. About the day to day events, you can read Iris’ blog and I will refrain from repeating what she has written. Instead here is a general impression in a few words and in a small gallery. Even before touching down in Fresno, I could see how straight forward the United States are organized. Fields stretch for hundreds of miles in perfect chessboard patterns and cities are…read more

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Close to the Arctic Circle

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(Click on the right/left side of the image to see more.) When we started with our second hike from Ásbyrgi up the canyon towards Dettifoss waterfall, Iceland honored it’s name and temperatures dropped below 8°C during the day and close to freezing at night. Northerly winds pushed clouds and wet air upstream and covered the landscape in fog and drizzle. Soon our feet were soaking wet and the pleasure level dropped gradually with each step. Nevertheless, the little we saw from the landscape was impressive, the river meandering through the canyon…read more

Kjölur road

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In order to get to the north of the country towards our next hiking tour, we decided to take the highland bus, which follows the Kjölur gravel road between Reykjavik and Akureyri. It stopped at interesting sights and allowed for breaks which were very welcome as the dirt road was of a moderate quality, as was the bus, resulting in a very bumpy ride. Most stops lasted twenty minutes or so, enough time to admire for example the geyser Strokkur right next to Geysir itself, the one giving the phenomenon…read more

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Laugavegur and Eyafjallajökull

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(Click on the right/left side of the image to see more.) The weather forecast looked very promising as we were heading out towards Landmannalaugar on a five hours bus trip. Once we had left the city, it became clear where the locals get their inspiration for all those colors: nature. Stunning scenery kept me gazing out of the window all the way. It was a special bus with high suspension and offroad tires to be able to drive through rivers and on the dirt tracks into the wildernis. Landmannalaugar, being…read more

Colors of Iceland

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This summer I fulfilled a long kept wish of mine, a visit to Iceland together with two close friends. It all started in Reykjavik where most Icelanders live. When one visits a foreign country, things are different, even though small things, they make all the difference. Things like extremely hot water from the tap. And the shower smelling like rotten eggs. Or cars having really big tires and being extremely big in general, even in the city. These small observations all point toward the rough volcanic nature of Iceland, one…read more