Thank you for letting me share my adventures and travels with you so far.
Having now booked a few trips for 2015, I can’t wait for them to roll around! Here are a few locations – mostly new, some not – on my horizon for the next few months.
If you’ve been to any of the places I’m seeing, or have any tips or recommendations, please let me know – I’d love to hear about them!
In a few weeks time, we’ll be heading to Bergen in Norway for a long weekend. It’s my first visit to Norway, and I can’t wait to see both the attractive looking city, and the fjords and mountains that surround it. Hopefully, with a bit of luck, we might see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Our trip coincides with a partial solar eclipse that’ll take place on 20th March, and again, with any luck, I’ll be ticking off my first sightings of both.
North Norfolk & The Broads
As a neat opposite to the natural attractions of Bergen, with high wintry peaks and deep icy lakes, a few weeks after returning our trip there, we’ll be in North Norfolk for a weekend – a mostly flat, rural landscape staying in a self catering cottage near the Norfolk Broads for a long weekend of pubs, good food, walks and access to the coastline; that sort of thing. I’ve been to Norwich a couple of times, but never to the Broads. Should be fun!
In early May, I’ve booked a bit of leave away from work but haven’t planned or booked anything yet. The original plan was to visit Sutherland county and Cape Wrath, in the far north of Scotland. It’s a area of Scotland I’ve longer wanted to visit, but have never been too, and I’ve never been that far north in the UK. It’s the remotest and arguably wildest part of the British Isles, and I love the idea of chomping around the middle of nowhere, finding a nice spot and pitching a tent for the night. Sadly, I think it’s not quite workable with times, and transport (and friends who want to do it aswell can’t this year), so I’ll likely shelve this idea for the time being, especially with a house move on the horizon aswell.
An alternative is the West Highland Way, a multi day, 90 mile hike from Glasgow to Fort William I’ve always wanted to do – it passes through an area of Scotland I know reasonably well, but haven’t explored that much on foot. And I’ll need to test out camping gear before my trip to……..
So I know I’ve written about this before, but I’m incredibly excited about my two week summer volunteer trip to Iceland, helping with footpath maintenance work in the Thorsmork area of the south of the country. It’s a culmination of a dream to visit the country – I’ll be sharing the time between the ‘basecamp’ lodge and wild camping towards, I assume, the remote head of the Laugavegur Trail.
Write-ups & photos
I’m also in the process of shifting through some photos and starting write-ups of old trips from the last few years. These include travelling across the transcontinent of Canada by train, and also a visit to Stockholm, then returning to London by train through Denmark, Germany and Belgium.
I’m frustrated not having a decent camera, so I’m looking into upgrading my resources for that soon (basically actually get one). Most of my posts from travels in 2014 and this year so far have contained either photos taken from my camera phone, lovingly stolen from kind friends, or from a borrowed compact camera – but I haven’t been satisfied when comparing the recent pictures to older trips using my old, and now sold, SLR Nikon D60 I had a few years ago.