My Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

2016 has been a glorious travel year. I’ve visited 24 countries, 16 of them new ones, and everywhere I’ve been, I’ve brought my trusty Sony camera with me. Even here in Copenhagen, I can’t live without it. I’ve taken thousands of pictures this year, more than ever before, and choosing my favourites hasn’t been an easy job. It took me a while, but here they…

Mykines: Meeting the Crazy Bird Woman

Our first day in the Faroe Islands was an eventful one. I’ve never written a blog post about one specific encounter before, but I feel like our experience with the crazy bird woman of Mykines deserves its own post. Shortly after arriving at the airport in Vágar from Denmark, we walked to the village of Sørvágur, where we caught the ferry to Mykines. Mykines would…

Åland Bike Journey – 4th Leg: Sund to Järsö to Mariehamn

It was still early in the day when we decided to begin our 4th and last leg of the journey from Sund to Järsö and then finally back to Mariehamn, where we started our journey three days earlier. We actually had time to make it all the way to Järsö that afternoon, but we decided to save some of the journey for the next day,…

Åland Bike Journey – 2nd Leg: Eckerö to Geta

We had set the alarm to 7 AM, as we had to catch a bicycle ferry at 11 AM, which would take us across Snäcköfjärden from Skarpnåtö over to the tiny island of Hällö, where we could continue our journey to Geta, our destination for the second leg. The ferry dock in Skarpnåtö is located just 17 km. away from Öra, where we had camped…

Åland Bike Journey – 1st Leg: Mariehamn to Eckerö

The first day of our biking adventure in Åland was a tiring, yet enjoyable one. Instead of the first leg of our journey taking 1 hour and 55 minutes as Google says it should, it ended up taking us almost 8 hours! But still, the roads that we travelled on that day were some of my favourites in Åland – they took us through small…

Back to the Nordics: Biking and Camping in Åland

After 3 months of travelling through Asia and then four weeks of full-time working, it was time to go back to my beloved Nordics, an area of the world that I first explored from March to May last year, and it instantly became my favourite place to travel because of the beautiful and rugged nature, friendly people and endless hiking, biking and camping opportunities. I’ve…

A 2-Day Horse Trek to Song Kul Lake

After four amazing days of checking out the diverse nature around the Issyk Kul Lake, Steve and I decided to travel onwards to another lake, Song Kul Lake, which would take us a few days to reach. We arrived in Kochkor, the starting point of tours to Song Kul, in the afternoon after a 6-hour drive from Karakol via Balykchy and went straight to the…

A 24 km. Hike to the Altyn Arashan Gorge

Our original plan for our final day in Karakol was to hike to the stunning Ala-Kul Lake, a rock-dammed lake with a distinctive blue colour, located in the Terskey Alatau Mountains at an altitude of 3560 m. We had made a plan with a taxi driver, who would take us to the trailhead for 250 soms and from there, we were told the hike would…

By the Shore of Issyk Kul: The Skazka Canyon

On our third day in Karakol, we were surprised to wake up to good weather after a rainy day the day before, and so decided to explore nearby Skazka Canyon, which we were told is best explored when it’s dry, as it otherwise gets very muddy. Skazka Canyon lies on the southern shore of Issyk Kul Lake and is an unusual place with stunning rocky…

Jeti Oguz: Finding the Waterfall in the Rain

On our first full day in Karakol, we decided to go on a day trip to the Jeti Oguz gorge, which is located 28 kilometres from Karakol. I was excited to finally get out into the Kyrgyz nature that we had heard so much about. Kyrgyzstan is said to be the most beautiful of the Stan’s because of its natural beauty, and after exploring the…