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ICELAND’S BOUNTY natural wonders has my bruised The otherworldly landscapes of Iceland have long been memory card gasping for air. mined for fantasy. Star Trek Interstellar, Thor, Game of Thrones All in a light…an extraordinary light, as if sunlight has – fire and ice continue to shape an island that is constantly been diffused through a diamond. Those who visit this rattled by seismic activity. Remote and isolated from the North Atlantic nation rest of Europe, its folk can’t help but return Pictu r e: lu n a r l a n d sca p es , c o asta l s ent i nels traditions are rich with tee m ing w i th h u n d r ed s of th o us a n d s of home in bewilderment. stories of giants, fairies We’ll share our photos, and trolls. sea b ir ds, stea m i ng volca noes , ex plos i ve which can never do A poll once revealed geysers, monstro us gl ac i ers , a n d va l l eys justice, and describe that most Icelanders ca r peted i n e m er a l d moss . our experience, as believe in elves. if unsure to believe that what we saw was, in fact real. If With their ice-blue eyes, fair skin, and unfamiliar tongue, you’re looking for a comparison, consider the moons of locals look kind of elfish too. I meet these fashionable Jupiter. When it comes to scenic beauty, Iceland is truly a descendants of ninth century Vikings shortly after flying world apart. into the capital of Reykjavik. I admire them in hipster


coffee shops, boutique stores along the Laugavegur shopping artery, and hanging outside of Reykjavik’s rocket-ship-like landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church. The city blossoms during the short summer months, with many street festivals and open-air concerts. Art, culture, cuisine, colour and cheekbones, I explore the world’s most northerly capital city by foot, pleased that the Golden Circle will soon bring me back. Most self-guided or packaged tours follow the so-called Golden Circle of highlights. On the road south - a highway as smooth as the polished leather saddle of an Icelandic horse it doesn’t take long before urban Scandinavia dissolves into a barren, flat and alien rocky landscape. Bright green and yellow shrubs scrub against glittering rivers and imposing mountains. I hike to the rim of an extinct volcano, feeling

the wind chill in my bones, and continue to Gerduberg, where basalt rocks take the shape of symmetrical columns topped with perfect hexagons. Not far away is the imposing Snaefellsjökull volcano, where Jules Verne set Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I take a guided tour into the cave system beneath, if not to the centre, than at least several metres beneath the Earth. Returning to mid-morning sunshine, I walk to the edge of the cliffs nearby, watching the wild Atlantic smash into the rocks, eroding archways and giant flowerpots. Goose bumps on my neck are tall enough to sway in the wind. Iceland is full of such moments. In a replica grass-thatched Viking house, I learn that Vikings slept while seated, and never wore horns on their helmets (that’s credited to operas in the 1800’s). I visit the site of Iceland’s historic parliament, believed to be the world’s oldest, set in a


scenic rift valley that spans the continental divide. Lunch consists of picnics, and the food is distinct. Icelanders love their smoked fish, cheese, crisp breads, salty liquorice, and quite surprisingly, their hot dogs too. Less appetizing is the horsemeat, seal, whale or smoked seabirds, all served as a delicacy. For the culinarily brave, pick up a vacuumsealed bag of hákarl, the national dish of dried and fermented Greenland shark. It has the pungent aroma and taste of ammonia, recognizable if you’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter an open sewer. Gagging on your first try is acceptable, and a chaser of brennivín, the local spirit, is encouraged. Don’t be put off that carawayflavoured brennivín goes by the nickname of “Black Death”. Glacier-fed waterfalls are postcardperfect and unusually plentiful. Skógarfoss, Barnavoss and Seljalandsfoss are difficult to pronounce, perhaps because they take your breath away. Cascades of water descend in layers at my favourite falls, Gullfoss, which plummets 32 metres into a crevice below.

Walking trails and viewpoints ensure all can be enjoyed no matter how much time you have. Not too far away, I feel the hot water spray of the Strokkur geyser exploding up to 30 metres in the air. Note to self: always stand upwind of a geyser! Outside of Reykjavik, I prepare for the flight home with a therapeutic dip in the waters of the Blue Lagoon. The sulphur rich, dye-blue waters are the by-product of a nearby geothermal power plant, and are renowned to aid all manner of skin ailments. It might be the most popular tourist attraction in the country, but the Blue Lagoon’s heat, rock, water, and unusual colour embody Iceland itself: an entirely civilized opportunity to appreciate the planet’s most destructive and beautiful forces. As for slopping the white sulphur mud on my face? If you’re going to visit another planet, you may as well look like an alien. Bestselling author Robin Esrock visited over 100 countries on 7 continents to research his latest book, The Great Global Bucket List.

Why Iceland is Green and Greenland is Ice Iceland was named by the first Norseman to seek out the island. After settling in for a mild summer, a hard, freezing and particularly icy winter sent them sailing back to Norway. They told everyone about their torrid experiences on “Iceland”, but didn’t stop others from settling, and discovering that Iceland can be quite lush and green. Greenland, on the other hand, is attributed to a violent ruffian named Eric the Red. After years of banishment, he persuaded Icelanders to join him in settling a fertile “green land” that he had discovered (with himself as Chieftain, of course). Some 500 people signed up, although not everyone survived the crossing. What they discovered on arrival was a land more ice than green, which is why one should never believe a homicidal Viking marauder.


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The massive ship glides effortlessly through icy waters and we are stunned as we take in the views before us. The bite of the cold on my face makes me feel alive as I draw the blanket around my shoulders to take away the sting of the sharp morning air. Coffee in hand, binoculars in other, it’s as if we are sitting in a theatre watching a movie gazing into a vivid and unimaginable scene. Chunks of ice bob in the emerald water, silent, spectacular and surreal against a grand backdrop of waterfalls, glaciers and mountains. Mother Nature is magnificent. We hear someone yell out “is that a Bald Eagle perched on the top of that iceberg?” Excitement mounts as we focus our binoculars. Yes, we see it and it is a beautiful bird indeed. At that moment, a glacier begins calving, thundering as it 7 slides into the water. It’s this morning’s

adventure at Tracy Arm, Alaska. “Alaska”? “Too cold for me.” “Aren’t there bears?” friends would comment when we told them we wanted adventure for our holiday. As we stood on the deck of the cruise ship it doesn’t feel like a hardship and it’s not that cold. “We struck gold today” my husband quipped. I laughed. He thinks he’s so witty but he is right. This is a part of the world that seems untouched and pure with a history so rich with delicious tales of the Yukon gold rush and the characters that made it so colourful. This isn’t a vacation. This is an experience. Every part of the ship is beautiful and interesting. Our stateroom feels like home already and we quickly fall into an easy routine. There’s many activities to do each day on or off the ship.


"WE STRUCK GOLD TODAY" Nor the r n Lig hts

On this trip, we didn’t get to experience firsthand the legendary show of the Northern Lights in Alaska. Later in the season − between September and April − is when one can watch the dancing bursts of colour in the night sky. We are lucky to live where Northern Lights are part of our world. Lights so intense, it’s as if the universe is painting a picture for us using broad sweeping green and purple strokes onto it’s canvas. Gorgeous.


What extraordinary choices we have. In addition to the beauty that surrounds us, the fresh mountain air, the stillness of the glaciers, and the snow-capped peaks, Alaska's history is filled with dreams of striking it rich. The stories of swindlers, confident men, industrious women, and the epic disappointment that followed makes this past a remarkable tale of the Klondike. Those days are preserved and retold in such a way that one can understand the gold fever

shopping for jewels. After dinner, we walk onto the deck and we are hypnotized by what we see. The brilliant orange and gold hues showcase the aura of the sun as it seems to drop into icy waters. We did hear these sunsets are spectacular. They are. You would have to see it yourself to believe it. We were here, humbled by the pristine offering to the world and moved by an unbelievable history. I think we might have to return for more. We are discovering there

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that struck and you can almost feel firsthand the suffering endured. It wasn’t long before we met and befriended other “cruisers” and together we shared our memorable moments. The chatter at dinner in the main dining room is busy with talk of each day’s adventure as we relish the extraordinary five course meals. Beyond that history what one can experience in the present is astounding. Ziplining through the forest is surprisingly easy and fun. We enjoyed lunch at a famous saloon with costumed period characters, then rode a train through Skagway imagining the years gone by. Time spent wandering through museums was fascinating as we learned more. Standing at the grave site of perhaps the most famous con man in Alaska Soapy Smith, my husband blurted out “He was a scallywag”. I turn to him and smile. This is bringing out a side to him rarely seen. He’s loving this holiday. We spent a day walking through Ketchikan wandering through museums, and

are different ways to see this delightful state. This time the plan for our next trip in March is to let someone else do everything for us. The hotels are booked, the meals are planned while we explore and learn more about the culture of this stunning place. Lovely to hear the history from the experienced drivers and tour directors as we weave our way through more of this spectacular landscape. Our biggest concern for the day is what else we can absorb of this world. We are beyond excited to say the least. They say this may be the very best time of the year to view the Aurora Borealis if the conditions are just right. The places we will see are so cool. Yea that’s the word, cool. Viewing the kennels of the Iditarod champion, attending the ceremonial start of the race in Anchorage, walking through the Wildlife Conservation Center, getting up close to wildlife, maybe skiing, snowshoeing. Wow this will be the vacation to top. Thank you, Alaska.




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Pura Vida – which means ‘pure life’ in worldwide look to as a strong example of Spanish, is a phrase coined and used offering a wide variety of outdoor activities by the locals on a daily basis. This tiny, tropical, Central American country is located between Nicaragua and Panama, and is an outdoor playground of lush rainforest, water activities, volcanoes and more, perfect for the spirited fun-seeker. Also appealing is Costa Rica’s commitment

with a low impact on the planet. Green getaways are increasing in popularity, with like-minded people both creating travel experiences and visiting to partake. Many vacationers fly into San José, the nations capital, in the province of Alajuela. From there, the options driving your own rental

Written by Catherine Dunwoody car are plentiful. Start with visiting La Fortuna, about 3.5 hours from the airport, and home to the famous Arenal Volcano and rainforest for a variety of outdoorsy activities. La Fortuna Waterfall is worth the hike up a steep trail to the 70-meter-tall waterfall, rain or shine, but make a day of it with an adrenalinerush-filled itinerary. Not for the faint of heart, the Vertigo Drop is a 25 meter bungee jump you may

want to double-dare yourself to try, plus the entire area is prime real estate for whitewater rafting, downhill mountain biking, kayaking, canyoneering and more. Go easy or go hard, depending on your thrill-seeker energy that day. Advice for trying any activity you have never had the guts to? Be safe. Ask your instructor or guide questions, take your time, and relax. You’re on vacation, there to enjoy yourself – not prove a point. Fun is key.

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A GOOEY BAKED CAMEMBERT—oozing over crisp bread, earned by navigating Chamonix’s legendary backcountry trail, the Vallée Blanche (white valley) on the flanks of Mont Blanc. Snuggling up in front of a fire in a cosy mountain hut and dancing in your ski boots to cheesy tunes as the setting sun gilds the endless landscape of peaks and glaciers encircling you. These are just snapshots of what one comes to expect when skiing in Europe, the cradle of recreational skiing. The Alps deliver jaw-dropping scenery, authentic mountain villages, and vast ski resorts, many of which encompass several villages and some of which span several countries. Croissants for breakfast in France, fondue lunch in Switzerland and apéritifs back in France – c’est normale. Skiing in Europe is as much a cultural and social experience as a sporting endeavour; the priority tends to

be lunch (particularly in France), followed by après-ski (especially in Austria) and looking stylish (Italy). In the glossiest resorts, such as St Moritz, Courchevel and Villars, skiing lags behind shopping, lunch and spas in popularity. Indeed, to the hardy North American skier, skiing in Europe can seem more like a way of travelling between mountain restaurants for coffee, lunch and après than "earning your turns". However, that's not to say that Euro-skiing is easy: the Alps are veritable giants, striding through France, Switzerland, Northern Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Their jagged peaks puncture the sky above while their sheer flanks offer skiing on dizzyingly steep pitches before softening into gentler, wooded slopes. Alpine topto-bottom runs typically start on a lofty, exposed peak, bringing you down open bowls and glacial valleys to pass through fragrant pine 15

forest before bouncing along pastures dotted with cattle sheds to reach a sleepy village. These ancient farming communities are tucked into the folds of the mountains, their sun-blackened timber chalets now housing inviting hotels and inns. Seemingly lost in time, they offer the tranquillity of an Alpine retreat with skiing on their doorstep, as well as a host of other winter activities from snowshoeing and ice climbing to paragliding and cross-country skiing. Of all the Alpine nations, France offers the greatest diversity of choice in resorts. Here you can choose between sleepy old villages like Valmorel and Peisey-Vallandry and high-altitude, purpose-built resorts like Val Thorens, Tignes and Avoriaz. Built in the 1970s, these then-futuristic resorts placed skier


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