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Rift Valley at Þingvellir


To make the most of a short stay in Iceland, I remember opting for a Golden Circle tour, taking in three of the most iconic sights around Reykjavik – Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall and Geysir herself. Thingvellir was first on the list, a huge rift valley that sits on the slowly widening ridge between the

Into the Blue, Faxafloi Bay


It’s been a long time since I looked at these photographs. I first travelled here quite a few years ago, and going through these old photos keeps bringing back waves of nostalgia. I only spent 4 days here, but the land of ice and fire has held me in it’s snare ever since. It’s a

The Foothills of Mt Shasta


Imposing and mysterious, Mt Shasta dominates the skyline for hundreds of miles. The last in a chain of dormant volcanoes, it’s snow covered peak towers above the surrounding forests and lakes. For centuries it has been the spiritual heart of Northern California, both for modern new age spiritualists and the Native American peoples before them,

Bodie Ghost Town


Nestled between the backbone of California and the plains of Nevada lies the isolated ghost town of Bodie. Once home to countless brothels, saloons and murders, Bodie is a living relic that symbolises the greed and excess of the 19th century gold rush. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the eerie Mono Lake,

The Canyons – Yosemite


Yosemite is what everyone expects – glorious but crowded. The busy valley offers spectacular vistas to El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, but to get a real sense of what Yosemite is about, get out onto the trails and lose yourself in the splendour of this glacial canyon. A favourite of mine was a

The Canyons – King’s Canyon


Few people travel to California without making the pilgrimage to Yosemite. Yet even fewer people make the time to visit it’s breathtakingly beautiful sister, King’s Canyon. Both these landscapes are pristine U-shaped valleys, carved out by ice-age glaciers and covered in towering pine forests. We approached King’s Canyon one afternoon, driving down the magnificent Highway

Moro Rock & Tokopah Falls


After exploring the majestic Sequoia groves, we climbed the 400 steps to reach the summit of Moro Rock, a granite dome that rises above the forests. We reached the top just before sunset, with views to the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevadas turning golden in the days final hours. The night was spent

Sequoia NP California

Bears & Giants, Sequoia National Park


The mountains of the Sierra Nevada are a welcome relief after the blistering heat of the Californian interior. Sequoia National Park is home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Sequoias, whose yearly bark renewal could form a 60ft tree with bark 1ft thick! The main road winds through dense forest, with

California Big Sur

Plaskett Creek & Cambria


As I headed south from Big Sur, the misted mountains and lush forests gave way to golden grasslands and clear blue skies. For two days I drove up and down these winding cliff top roads, exploring charming towns and sunset beaches. We sipped coffee and wandered around craft shops in the little town of Cambria,

Big Sur California

Redwoods & Waterfalls, Big Sur


The further down Big Sur you go, the more dramatic and breathtaking the scenery becomes. Highway 1 snakes along the coast, with gut-wrenching drops and mind-blowing vistas of the great Pacific ocean. Keep an eye out for spouting whales on their annual migration route. Twice I had the honour of catching them on their journeys,

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