17 Favourite New Destinations of 2017

Another beautiful travel year is over, and it’s time to look back at some of the most amazing new places that I saw this year. In 2017, I visited 14 countries of which 7 were new ones. I spent 18 days in Iran, explored some more of Europe, visited the Faroe Islands twice, saw a total solar eclipse on a Route 66 tour in the…

Dyrehaven: Wildlife and Ancient Burial Mounds in a Bronze Age Cultural Landscape in North Zealand

Dyrehaven is one of my favourite places here on Zealand. Located just 30 km northeast of the center of Copenhagen – or just a 20 minute train ride -, this peaceful green haven is one of the go-to places on a warm summer day in Copenhagen when you just want to get away from big city life with too many people, too much traffic and too much pollution.…

Tokkekøb Hegn: 12 km Hike through a Neolithic Culture Landscape

Tokkekøb Hegn is a 631 hectare nature pearl in North Zealand with varied landscapes of forest, hills, marshes and lakes, dotted with remnants of prehistoric times. The area is home to many dolmens, long barrows and passage graves from the Neolithic, including the well-preserved Dæmpegårdsdyssen from 3,400 BC. Autumn is officially here, although it feels like summer never was. Even Indian summer hasn’t greeted us…

Third Semester Travels: Much More of Europe

Third semester at uni has just begun, and it’s all very exciting, but I’m already feeling the need for travel. As much as I love archaeology, I simply don’t function without travel. So whenever I have the chance, I grab it – and I’m off to somewhere new or somewhere old and treasured. I’ve done it my two previous semesters. During the first semester, I…

Vasagård: Three Weeks of Archaeological Excavations on Bornholm

On July 2nd, I left Copenhagen to go to Bornholm, an island in the very east of Denmark, for three weeks. As a part of my education, I was working at archaeological excavations for four whole weeks this summer, which would count as an exam. The first week was spent at Højagergaard 4 in Høje Taastrup, which I wrote about in an earlier post. The…

A Cycling Trip Through the Southeast of Bornholm

Weekend time is sightseeing time! I’ve spent three weeks on Bornholm, but only had two free days to fully explore some of the gems of the island. Although I’ve also made the most of my weekday afternoons, discovering areas close to Åkirkeby, I felt like I really had to make the most of those two weekend days! So, on the Saturday I decided to bike…

Vestmanna and Kvívik: Family Time, Mountain Roads and a Viking Settlement

Back in March 2015, I stayed with Rigmor and Jens and their beautiful family for three days in Skála on Eysturoy after getting rescued from a storm while sleeping in my tent on the side of a mountain. I’ve since visited them every time I’ve returned to the Faroe Islands in their new home in Vestmanna, but I hadn’t stayed with them since. This time…

Out of Kerman: A Day Trip to Bam, Rayen and Mahan

Continuing our tours in the area around Kerman, the day after exploring the Lut Desert, our driver took us to three interesting historical sites; The ancient citadel of Bam, the ancient castle of Rayen and the 18th century Persian Garden of Shazdeh in Mahan. Arg-e Bam – The Ancient Citadel of Bam Arg-e Bam dates back to the Achaemenid Empire (6th-4th centuries BC), although most…

Discovering the Ancient City of Kashan

After a hectic morning of trying to get to the bus station in Tehran, first in the over-crowded metro and then in a taxi, we caught a bus to the city of Kashan, located 240 km. south of Tehran. The bus was a huge positive surprise, as the comfort level and service was really good, even better than western busses in my opinion – and…

Danish Island Holiday: To Møns Klint and Beyond

On the first weekend after moving to Copenhagen, I decided to take a trip out to one of Denmark’s nature pearls located on the beautiful island of Møn in South Denmark. Two years earlier, I had given my parents a voucher for a weekend trip to Møn for mother’s day, which they had decided to use on that glorious weekend in late August. Since I…