stockholm green city

Things To Do In Stockholm

7 things to do in Stockholm

Whenever you think about the Nordic countries or even just European countries, Sweden will definitely show up. Stockholm is its capital and is one of the most well-known cities in the world. With tons to do, great food and even greater culture, the city is a tourist’s dream come true. Here are the top 7 things to do in Stockholm:

 

Visit Gamla Stan:

Visit one of the oldest surviving places in the city, and get a major blast from the past with Gamla Stan. It is the living cradle of Stockholm’s birth more than three-quarters of a millennium ago. There’s been a settlement here since the year 1252, though now the locals are more likely to run taverns and waffle-shops than fishing boats or pillaging raids. Take a historic tour through its maze of winding medieval alleyways, small squares, ancient churches and Royal Palace. It can get very crowded, but you can avoid the bus-tour clusters by keeping off the main drags or ducking down side streets.

Visit Gamla Stan stockholm

The Stadshuset:

Join the city’s nobility at the city’s most prominent landmark and it plays host to some of the world’s most esteemed people at its Nobel Prize banquet, which is held annually in the building’s Blue Hall. However, for regular visitors, the cellar restaurant offers the previous year’s menu. A guided tour of the building takes in a 10,000-piped organ; the astonishing Golden Hall, in which scenes from Swedish history are depicted on the walls in 18 million mosaic pieces in gold leaf; and the Council Chamber – designed to resemble the open roof of a Viking longhouse.

The Stadshuset stockholm

Art lover’s paradise:

There are plenty of opportunities to appease your inner art lover, mainly the two art museums which are very different from each other. Back in the 60s, the Moderna Museet introduced Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Niki de Saint Phalle to an astonished Swedish audience. Today visitors go for its collection of 20th-century art, featuring works by Picasso, Dali, Pollock and De Chirico. While just a short walk away, in the National Museum, drawings and decorative arts from the Middle Ages share space with Rembrandt, Degas and substantial collections of Dutch and Swedish art.

Art lover’s paradise stockholm

Drink on the Water:

Drinking on the water is a popular pastime in Stockholm, and several pontoons and boats now house bars and restaurants. Such as the M/S Gerda which once served in the Normandy landings, and now is decked out with palm trees and sleek furniture. There are several ships like this one, which serves similar functions.

stockholm drinks

Get in on the Fika:

Swedes love their coffee, and café culture is deeply rooted with them. On an average, the Swede’s consume 4.5 cups a day, getting this coffee fix while having something sweet on the side is known as the ‘fika’. There are several cafes open in the city where you can get your ‘fika’ too, with each place offering new speciality and is different than the rest.

Get in on the Fika

Indulge your inner music lover:

Swede’s are pretty much your regular pop or rack fans you can find, and the country’s live music scene is bigger than ever. The performances that you can catch feature some of the best local musicians the city has to offer.  Debaser, suitably a little rough around the edges, is every inch a rock club, with bands playing seven nights a week and DJ action on club nights; Fylkingen is the best place for DIY and experimental music; the Södra Teatern cultural centre hosts low-key folk and pop concerts; while next door at the Mosebacke Etablissement you can hear an eclectic mix of jazz, pop, rock, salsa and reggae.

stockholm music

All Aboard for Swedish history:

The city’s most prized heirloom is the 69-metre-long, 380-year-old warship Vasa, which sank just 20 minutes into her maiden voyage in 1628. Salvaged from the waters in 1961, she was ceremoniously installed in her stunning, custom-designed Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) in 2000. You can find numerous facts and figures about the ship and Swedish history over there. There were a few myths circulating the doomed fate of the mighty warship, but they were later debunked with ‘The Archaeology of a Swedish Warship of 1628’ was published in 2007.

sockholm viking ship


northern lights iceland

Iceland - The Mysterious Island in The Artcic Circle

Iceland – The Mysterious Island in The Artcic Circle

There are countries on our planet that you would never think of in normal circumstances. They are usually either small or just too distant, so most of us have not quite heard of them at all. But once you become aware of their existence and finally visit them, then you stay completely amazed with their beauty. Iceland is one of those countries that are usually off the radar for most of the tourists. And this is quite unfortunate since Iceland is truly one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

The Mysterious Island

Iceland has quite a harsh name since the first things that come up your mind are some huge glaciers and probably polar bears. This does not sound like a nice place for vacation, right? Well, Iceland actually refers to an island located near the Arctic Circle in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Although the climate is quite cold, the island is not completely covered in ice as its name suggests. It actually has quite a mild winter and summers can be warm, which makes it a perfect time for visiting Iceland. The country is quite desolate, so if you are in the mood for relaxing and having a quiet vacation, then this is a place for you. Its nature and terrain are truly amazing, and if you love hiking, book yourself a ticket to Iceland.

Nevertheless, reaching Iceland is not as difficult as one might think. Iceland is isolated only on the maps, but in reality, you can visit it without any issues at all. There is a modern airport near Iceland’s capital Reykjavik with connections to all major centers in Europe and the rest of the world. And planes are the best means of transportation within the country, too. In fact, what buses and trams are for most of the other countries and cities in the world those are the planes for Iceland. You can use buses too, but it may be better to rent a car instead since you will have more freedom for exploring.

iceland diamond beach

Foggy Past of Iceland

There are not many true sources for the oldest periods of Iceland’s past. In fact, Sagas are quite often the only records about events that happened during the Middle Ages. One of those Sagas says that first men have settled here in the late 9th century from Norway, although first people who have actually reached this distant island were from Sweden. Iceland soon became an independent nation and it was used as the starting point for other exploration expeditions. Soon Greenland has been discovered as well as the shores of North America.

In the 13th century, Iceland became a part of Norwegian Empire and this union has lasted for more than half a millennium. The first ideas of reestablishing an independent Iceland began emerging during the 19th century. In 1918 Denmark and Iceland made a deal which formed a personal union between these two countries. This meant that Iceland was a semi-independent country. In 1944, Iceland finally became a completely sovereign republic.

Today, Iceland is a modern nation with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Lately, it is starting to become one of the major tourist destinations in Europe, mostly thanks to a growing popularity for various Hollywood filmmakers. Some of the biggest blockbusters were filmed in Iceland and Star Wars and Game of Thrones are just the most notable!

iceland land of ice and fre

The Hottest Attractions in Iceland

Iceland is packed up with amazing places worth seeing, but most of them are concentrated in the southern part of the country and around the capital – Reykjavik. Since you will be probably staying in the capital, we would advise you to explore it first. There are indeed many cool places in Reykjavik one can truly enjoy visiting.

Its old town is the best starting point for your exploration. It is not big, so you can roam it on foot. Reykjavik’s architecture is absolutely unique and roaming through its streets is an awesome experience.

City Hall and Reykjavik Cathedral are among the most photographed places in the city for a good reason, of course. Imagine Peace Tower is maybe the best-known object from Reykjavik since it is a memorial to John Lenon, erected by Yoko Ono. Perlan or The Pearl is a great spot for enjoying an amazing view of the city. Here you can also find an amazing but quite expensive restaurant. National Museum and Reykjavik City Museum are great places for discovering the mysterious past of the entire Iceland and the city.

Apart from Reykjavik, be sure to explore the amazing nature of Iceland. The southern part of the island is absolutely incredible, so we would advise you to check this area. It is maybe the most picturesque region in the world with numerous astonishing waterfalls and glaciers. They are an ultimate symbol of nature at its best. You can also check out some of the most important historical sites in Iceland, which are situated in this area as well. The first of them is called Skálholt and it was the place where the bishop of Iceland used to reside in. The other spot is called Pingvellir and it is the location where ancient Icelandic parliament called Alpingi had its meetings.

These are just some of the few top attractions and locations in Iceland one should really not miss. But there are thousands of others that are equally amazing and worth seeing. Nevertheless, you will have to check out those yourself.

behind iceland waterfall

Accommodation In Iceland – The Wealth of Choice

Iceland’s incredible natural wonders attract more and more tourists every year. Tourism has boomed and for that reason, the options for accommodation are extensive with extremely high standards. At the basic level, visitors can expect clean sheets, cosy room, and a pleasant atmosphere. Even though there are many options on offer, accommodation in the whole country is booked very quickly, especially during the summer, as well as Christmas period.

The capital, Reykjavik has the widest range of possibilities when it comes to lodging, and what is more, accommodation in the Iceland’s capital suits every budget. Thus, no matter how much money you have spared for your vacation, you will surely find a suitable accommodation in Reykjavik.

If you are a fan of hotels, you will have the opportunity to choose the one you like according to your preferences and demands. So, if you have a more refined taste, we recommend you the wide arrow of luxury hotels. You may first try with The Icelandair Hotel Marina that overlooks the harbour, or Hotel Borg, located downtown with furniture in art deco style. In addition, if your budget is high, you can enjoy your stay in Hilton Reykjavik Nordic Hotel. It is placed slightly outside of the centre of Reykjavik, but its additional amenities will surely make it up for the travel to the centre.

Should you stay in the centre of the city, the best lodgings are the three and four-star hotels. They are inevitably modern, stylish and always provide you with more services than you asked for. Our recommendation is Fosshotel chains with extraordinary and well-furnished deluxe rooms and suites.

But if you want to cut down expenses on accommodation, you will have countless possibilities in Reykjavik. Some of them even have the central location within the city, hence you may check out 101 Hostels, B47 or Kex.

The tourists who want to stay in Iceland’s capital for a longer period should consider renting an apartment. Staying in Downtown Reykjavik Apartments or Apartment K may save you money, and the service will be more than excellent.

As for the Golden Circle and the South Coast, hotels in this range exceed all expectations. Since visitors usually plan to stay more than one day around the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall and Pingvellir National Park, accommodation is almost always full. However, some of the new hotels are being built, so 2018 is the year of expanding the accommodation capacities in the south of the country.

If you are one of those who plans to stay in the Golden Circle and the South of Iceland, you may wish to consider some of the hotels in advance. At Geysir, you may try with Geysir Cottages or Hotel Litli Geysir. Should you stay little closer to the waterfall, contact the polite staff at Hotel Gullfoss or Hotel Borealis. Those who prefer to stay near the Pingvellir National Park may choose between several kinds of accommodation including villas, bungalows, and standard rooms. It is up to you to choose your preferences, but you will surely have a broad arrow of available lodging possibilities in Iceland.

iceland hotels

Cuisine – Make Sure You Try the Traditional Meals

Being surrounded by ocean makes Iceland a country whose cuisine consists mainly of seafood. However, ingredients of Icelandic cuisine also include lamb and dairy. In case you are a gourmet, don’t hesitate to try the most popular dishes in the country. For instance, tourists don’t miss the chance to taste Hangikjot – or in other words, smoked lamb. Special emphasis is put exactly on Hangikjot due to the old-fashioned way of farming sheep. The dish is served with potatoes, green peas, red beets and bechamel sauce. Foreigners simply adore it, hence you should also give it a try.

Skyr, or a soft-cheese, is another must while in Iceland. Some even call it a yogurt, and they may be close since it is made of gelatinous milk curds. It is usually mixed with Icelandic blueberries, milk, and sugar, and visitors to Iceland are thrilled with it.

Kjotsupa is another lamb dish, prepared in a way that one needs to cut the meat into pieces and boil it with rice, carrots, onions, turnips, potatoes, and spices. Kjotsupa requires a long boiling process, but it is more than tasty, and locals eat it several times in a week. They even like it more when the dish stays overnight.

Of course, all kinds of fish are readily available in almost all the restaurants in the country. So, you may taste the fish you have never dreamed of tasting. And you will surely be satisfied since the Icelandic are the masters of preparing perfect fish.

And if you are ready to taste the dishes that no other country offers, then make sure to find a restaurant that serves svid, hrutspungar, hakarl, horse and skata. Let us know how these dishes taste.

iceland waterfalls

Things To Do In Iceland

Apart from sightseeing, exploring the beautiful natural wonders and visiting the memorable waterfalls, Iceland still offers other unforgettable activities to all those who visit the beautiful country surrounded by the ocean. One such activity is a whale watching tour. You may depart from Reykjavik and the excursion lasts for several hours. Whales simply enjoy swimming in the cold North Atlantic ocean, so be sure to get your cameras ready because there will be enough time to capture some great photos.

Horseback riding tours are also a very popular type of activity in Iceland. The horses in Iceland are quite small, so they are usually called ponies. These animals are kind and beautiful, as well as easier to ride, so get yourself ready for some horseback riding.

In case you are traveling to Iceland during winter, an inevitable activity is to book the Northern Light Tour. The best results come when the sky is clear and many people mark this activity as a must.

There are countless other activities and events that readily await the tourists, so you just need to tick the ones you are interested in and want to explore. Good luck with your visit to Iceland!!

kirkjufell iceland guide


I Have Been Nominated for a Liebster Award

I Have Been Nominated to receive Liebster Award

It is always nice to receive rewards, having a reward on the shelf or in the virtual world of blogging is as meaningful as each other. The virtual award is a sign of appreciation and recognition of bloggers by other bloggers. Not only does the award encourage new bloggers to continue to write, it also a sign of recognition by fellow bloggers.

My blog has been nominated to receive the Liebster Award by Katie and Jake from Untoldwanderlust budget world wanderers and ESL teachers. They both have a passion for exploring new and exciting destinations all over the world. On their blog, you can follow their adventures to discovering the Earth’s astonishing treasures. Thanks a lot to Katie and Jake for recognising and nominating my blog and sharing this great Liebster award.

Katie and jacks questions.

As Katie and jack nominated me I will now answer their questions, here goes…

1. Why do you travel?

I travel for the feeling of being free, the ability to do what I want whenever I want to or to simply be able to do nothing at all. I travel knowing that I have the ability to discover new things, those new weird and wonderful things that I can’t find back home. I travel for the adventure and the ability to create my own day’s adventures. I also travel to give myself a better understanding of different cultures and religions of the world, and of course to meet new people.

2. Where in the world do you really want to visit? Why?

There isn’t just one place I want to visit, I simply want to visit everywhere, I really wish there was a way to visit every country and every Island in the world, but of course, that is not possible in one’s lifetime. There are so many incredible things in this world to see and discover with my own eyes.

3. What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?

At the top of my list is to see the Northen lights,  this has been a dream for sometime now. I have travelled all over Norway, Sweden, Finland and I’ve just got back from Iceland and I’ve still not seen those Northern Lights! I would love to see wild tigers, I am a big fan of big cats, lions and tigers are my two favourites and it would be a dream to see some tigers in their own environment. How cool would it be to go cage diving with great white sharks?

bucket list bungee

4. What tips would you give to someone for taking a long flight?

Sleep! I get asked this one a lot, and to be honest, I don’t have any tips. I sleep better on a plane than I do in my own bed, (yes very strange and no, no joke!) I always fall asleep before take off and only wake for meals and then fall asleep again.

5. What is the most valuable thing you have lost whilst travelling?

I have never lost anything! But when I was around 12 years old my parents lost me in Tunisia. We went out for a day trip and on the return to the hotel I fell asleep, as my family jump off the bus and went into the hotel restaurant for dinner, my brother asked where’s Kevin, like the movie Home Alone my mum screams KEVIN!! My dad rushed outside and to his fear the bus had left! My dad jumped into a taxi and shouted to the driver ”follow that bus”. When the taxi got to the end of the road there was no sight of the bus………. Needless to say, they found me and it was around this time when my love of travelling began, what an adventure :-).

6. What has been your worst experience whilst travelling?

Hmmmm, I could use the above but  I think the worse has to be when I was travelling in Somalia, Mogadishu and a terrorist attack happened about 100 metres in front of me. This was a scary time, unfortunately, people lost their lives.

7. Have you ever worked abroad? What did you do? If not, do you ever plan to?

I haven’t worked abroad, I have been offered a few times to run hotels abroad but I have never fancied it. I hope to one day teach English in Thailand.

8. What advice would you give to someone who wants to travel?

Book that flight already! The world has so much to offer and it caters to everyone. Think of something that would be an incredible experience for you, do a little research and make it happen. The world is an amazing place and can make all dreams come true.

9. Where is your next destination?

Next stop is Singapore in January, after Singapore, I plan to travel all over SE Asia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Philippines, Cambodia and wherever else the wind blows me.

10. What are your top things to see/do when you visit a new place?

Experience the culture and try new foods, these are the two main things I first seek out.

Kanchanaburi thailand

My favourite travel blog is: The poor traveller

This blog has a great offer of budget travel destinations, I find this as one of my go-to blogs when I’m travelling to a new destination. I always travel on a budget and The Poor Traveller has great guides to make sure I am travelling on a budget.

Now to share more of the Liebster Award love…

As I have been nominated for the Liebster Award, I think it is only right to continue to share the love and nominate other bloggers who I would like to show appreciation and recognition to for their incredible work. Here goes…

  1. https://www.arwtravels.com/
  2. https://travelplugged.com/
  3. http://iamdanelson.com/
  4. http://singhruby.com/
  5. http://thebeautraveler.com/
  6. http://roadsandroutes.com/
  7. https://rondoview.blog/
  8. http://veggievagabonds.com/
  9. http://passportsymphony.com/
  10. https://www.evansatlas.com/

The best part of this award is looking at other blogs. You all have great blogs that I enjoyed looking around and even learning a thing or two, so thank you 🙂 .

And here are my questions for you…

  1. Where was your last destination?
  2. Where is your next destination?
  3. How often do you travel?
  4. In one sentence describe what travel means to you?
  5. What is the shortest trip you have taken away from your home country?
  6. What is top of your bucket list?
  7. Your remedy for feeling lonely on a trip?
  8. Are there any trips you have regretted?
  9. The one place I must visit before I die (convince me 🙂 )
  10. According to you what is the one thing I should do or keep in mind when travelling?

Liebster Award Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it somewhere on your blog.
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog (that is not your own). Explain why you like the blog and provide links.
  4. Respond to the questions provided by the blogger who nominated you for the award.
  5. Nominate 5-11 travel blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  6. Ask nominees 10 questions you would like them to answer on.
  7. List these rules in your post.
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post.


mallorca nightlife

Things To Do In Mallorca

Things To Do In Mallorca

Mallorca is a place on this earth that has been visitors with sun, sand and sea for over 60 years. Sure, everybody knows that but not a lot know that there are tons of adventure activities, superb architecture, diverse watersports and an amazing very hospitable culture. It has 10 million annual visitors so it’s doing something right. Here are the 7 things you can do in Mallorca:

Hike up the Serra de Tramuntana Mountain Range:

This mountain range is one of the most natural and unspoilt areas on the Balearic island of Mallorca. It is populated with deep pine forests and rich olive groves, and the steep limestone cliffs and deep valleys are dotted with traditional Spanish farmhouses. Want to have the best experience? Start your hike in Lluc, Soller and Pollenca and then hire a local guide as the limestone mountains can be difficult to navigate. Or alternatively, hire a bike and consider camping out under the stars.

Serra de Tramuntana Mountain

A Cultural exploration of Palma de Mallorca:

Up next we visit the capital city of Mallorca known as Palma, which is home to half of the island’s population! And over here you will find a hub of historical and cultural sights. You will find an interesting museum with classical sculptures and archaeological artefacts at the Bellver Castle, aka Castell de Bellver. Then there is the massive Catalan Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, and lastly, we have the Fundació Pilar I Joan Miró a Mallorca and this is an art museum dedicated to the late Joan Miro. This is just scratching the surface, the rest you will have to see for yourself.

Palma de Mallorca

Train Ride:

A train ride is excellent, and a little bit nostalgic, way of visiting places. You can do so when you visit the town of Soller. The train coaches are wooden and feature sash windows. You’ll be reminded of the old Swiss chocolate advertisements from days long past.

mallorca train ride

Nightlife:

The Balearic Islands have a very classic combination with nightlife, and Mallorca has its fair share as well with many bars, clubs and restaurants. The Paseo Maritimo is where you want to be like the name suggests this is a port area, where amongst the yachts you’ll find many all-night bars and clubs, where it is believed that Frank Sinatra used to party. So you should definitely check them out, you never know you might be sitting where he sat once.

mallorca nightlife

Drop by in Alcudia:

All that partying can be stress relieving but will make you tired. Want to unwind and relax? Look no further, and just drop by in Alcudia. Its located on the north side of Mallorca and there are tons of things you can do. Explore 270 bird species at the S’Albufera Natural Wetlands Park, there is a 12km walking trail which will provide you with the ample opportunity to do so. The town was surrounded 13th-century walls, there are parts still there along with some Roman ruins as well. A perfect opportunity to just have some quiet time and explore.

mallorca Alcudia

Pull an all-nighter in Pollenca:

No, not for work or studies but for a totally different reason. You will spend Saturday night in the city of Pollenca sampling freshly caught fish, then head out to the Formentor Peninsula to either watch the sunset or watch the impressive sunrise. Then on Sunday morning, head to the Pollença Sunday market in the main square which sells locally made produce and souvenirs. If you have energy left, then climb up to the hermit monastery atop Puig de Pollenca, which dates back all the way to 1348.

Exploration of Manacor:

Manacor is Mallorca’s second city and lies east of the island and is pretty famous for its pearl factories (artificial, that is) and its rich in furniture shops. This is off the main tourist trail so it offers a more relaxed and laidback experience. Top sights include the 19th century Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, the artisan market at Sa Bassa each Saturday morning and the Enagistes Tower which houses the Manacor History Museum. This town makes for an excellent end to an otherwise very active visit to Mallorca.

Manacor mallorca

I  could have made this list a lot longer, there are hundreds of things to do in Mallorca, enough to keep you active everyday for the next 5 years. So, why not tell me in the comments what your favourite things  to do is?


mens hair care

Cool Tips for Men to Keep Their Hair In Style In Hot And Dry Conditions!

Cool Tips for Men to Keep Their Hair In Style In Hot And Dry Conditions!

As the sun sizzles and dry winds blow, our crown of glory becomes more vulnerable than ever. It is essential to keep those innocent tresses protected from the outdoor ravage of hot and dry conditions that can leave the hair frizzy, dry and brittle. Men need to be careful, especially when they travel to countries with the hot and dry weather. Here are some valuable tips to keep your hair their glossiest best, even if you live in dry, desert-like climate. If you do fail to take care of your hair, not to worry as there as plenty of places for a hair transplant.

hair care tips

Regular cleansing

It is essential to get rid of that environmental debris from your hair and scalp, especially if you live in hot and dry windy areas. Depending on the kind of hair you have and your references, use a good quality shampoo with a clarifier such as a peppermint oil or tea tree oil. Always use a moisturizing conditioner after washing to avoid excessive dryness.

Deep Conditioning

The hair gets dry and tangled in hot and dry environments. You need to give your hair the strength and moisture with extra deep conditioning. Look for a deep strengthening treatment that carries a protein conditioner and moisturizer. That will keep the hair soft and well-conditioned.

Hydrating your hair

It is essential to keep that dry and thirsty hair in hot conditions well hydrated. When you are in a dry climate, drink lots of water that is good for your body, skin and of course, the hair. A well-hydrated body and a nutrient-rich diet are great for healthy hair.

travel hair care

Protection from Sun

It is essential to safeguard your hair from the damaging rays of the sun, especially when you are outside. So, use UV protection products for your skin as well as hair. Make it a daily regimen and do not step out before applying those products. Wear a hat if possible.

Go for natural products

It is a great idea to massage your scalp and hair with coconut, avocado or olive to provide additional moisture. These natural treatments are successful when treating dry hair. It would add to the benefits if one warms up those oil before massaging. One should leave the oil in the hair for a couple of hours before shampooing.

 Some more tips

If living in hot and dry conditions, one should avoid shampooing too often and with hot water. Keep away from too much sun exposure and excessive blow drying, or those alcohol-based styling products. Use the right hair styling g products. For example, use a nylon or boar-bristle brush that allows the oils to distribute evenly down the hair strand.

The crowning glory is meant not just for the ladies, but hair is important for men too. Men are used to limited hair care, and the neglect can only lead to worse results for the hair particularly in hot and dry conditions. A little bit of extra attention and care, plus healthy moisturizing can turn them from dry, dull and lifeless hair to healthy and lustrous.

hair care


Things To Do In Iceland

The Ultimate Bucket List Of 7 Things To Do In Iceland:

Iceland is the perfect destination for nature lovers. those who love the cold but still love taking part in activities while admiring the nature. One can find some of the most amazing landscapes in Iceland. One can visit some of the best waterfalls as well by take tours that companies provide. Aside from waterfalls, there are many other outdoor attractions that one can visit. Such as the Thingvellir national park, the famous great geyser, beautiful caves. This is why one should make an ultimate bucket list of all the things they want to see.

If one is thinking about tours to Iceland, then it is best that they do make a note of all the things that they want to see and do. Many people have said that they regret not doing their research first and making a note of all the places they would like to see and things they would like to do. Well just for that reason, this holds a bucket list that hopefully proves useful for you.

diamond beach iceland

See an active volcano

Iceland is known for its many active volcanos. Because of this Island is of volcanic origin and located on a so-called hot spot on the mid-Atlantic Ridge, there are about 130 volcanic mountains. Since Iceland’s settlement in 874 A.D, 18 of these mountains have erupted. The most active and unstable of them all is Grimsvotn. The most recent volcanic eruption was caused by Eyjafjallajokull on April 14, 2010. Over the last 500 years, volcanic eruptions in Iceland have accounted for one-third of the world’s lava output. That’s why Iceland is one of the best locations in the world to see active lava flows. Join a guided volcano sightseeing tour to one of Iceland’s eruption sites to see an exciting natural spectacle.

iceland volcano

Visit the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most popular geothermal spa and an exciting place to swim. It is like one huge natural outdoor swimming pool with a water temperature of 37-39 degrees c. The volcanically heated seawater is rich in minerals, including sulphur and silica and has helped many people with all kinds of skin conditions, such as psoriasis. Swimming in the Blue Lagoon is possible year-round and is always a fascinating experience – whether surrounded by snow in the winter or during Iceland’s long sunny days in the summer. One should go swimming or just relax in a geothermal pool. There are many such pools if you do not wish to visit this but to live up to the tradition, swimming in a geothermally heated pool is a must.

Iceland Blue lagoon

Walk behind a waterfall

Visit Seljjlandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls and a great spot to take photos. The waterfall is a 60-metre cascade, dropping over the cliffs and into a poll at its base. An exciting feature of this waterfall is that one can walk behind it for an even more unique waterfall perspective.

Iceland waterfalls

Stand on a glacier

Glaciers and ice caps make up about 11 percent of Iceland’s land area. Driving through the snowy wilderness across the white plains of a glacier is an Icelandic experience not to be missed. If you’re not familiar with off-road driving, take a guided Super Jeep tour with a professional driver, which lets you sit back and enjoy the views without having to concentrate on driving or looking at a map. Alternatively, if you have never snowmobiled before, here is your chance. Snowmobiling tours are also offered in Iceland.

glacier iceland

See the original geyser – Geysir

A geyser is a spring that spouts water high into the air and is accompanied by steam and a vapour phase. The Word ”geyser” originated in Iceland and comes from Geysir, which is the name of such a spring. In fact, all of the world’s hot springs are named after Geysir, which is located at Haukadlur and is also known as The Great Geysir. As you enter the Geysir park area, you will notice the steam rising from hot springs and vents all across the area. In the past, Geysir has pushed steaming water up to 70 metres in the air.

A neighbour of Geysir is Strokkur, Which is smaller but still interesting to visit. Its waterspout is about 20 to 30 metres high. Besides watching the hot springs, the park offers great hiking opportunities. There are several marked trails that lead past steaming vents, colourful mud pools, and many smaller geysers.

Seeing the Northern Lights

Most people visit Iceland just to see this beautiful and natural phenomenon. The best time to see these lights are in the winter when the weather is clear. It is most likely to find them from September to April. If one does decide to go hunting for the northern lights then it will sure be worth their time.

iceland northern lights

The Midnight Sun

If one gets a chance to watch the midnight sunlight the sky in different tones of pink and yellow then they will have had a beautiful experience already. This midnight sun lets one enjoy the long summer days of Iceland even more. It is out during summer months and the best place to see it would be near the Sun Voyager, or by Grotta, Reykjavik.

iceland midnight sun

These are a few of the things that should be on everyone’s bucket list. If they are planning tours to Iceland. What benefit will this have? Well, true sights to behold, memories and photographs that one can keep with them for years to come. Do share with me in the Comments some of your favourite things to do in Iceland.


things to do in vietnam

5 things to do in Vietnam.

1. Home stay in SAPA

The homestay was most wonderful experience I did in Vietnam. The Homestay we did was a 2 and half day staying in a house with Black Hmong Tribe.  The trek to the house I thought was a like about 2 hours walk but was 5 hours in the hot sunny day plus walking up the mountain. The mountain is called Fansipan that is a mountain in Vietnam, the highest in Indochina, at 3,143 metres.

With the homestay you get a track with a Black Humong woman and then get to stay with a one of the tribe family. They shared their dinner with the whole family and it was fabulous. It was truly magical to see the differences and similarities in our lives. The next day you get another long walk to a waterfall and then diner with family and breakfast.  It was just a must do thing if you go to Vietnam.

things to do in vietnam

2.Ride the Hai Van Pass on a motorbike

The Hai Van Pass is made famous as it is in a episode of BBC Top Gear.  It is a road that is between Hue and Hoi An. It is a must do on motorbikes. As if you take a one of the bus rides you will not get to stop and take in the amazing views you will be seeing. I had rides as I was on the back of the motorbike as my brother was driving it so I did was just taking in the views as we climb up the mountain and descend from it.

There is a few stops on the way that you need to take so leave eerily in the morning, so you can have time to stop. You will need to go to elephant falls on the way. As it is will take you about 6 to 8 hours with a dew stops on the way to get to Hoi An. Give yourself a full day, so leave eerily.

things to do in vietnam

3. Explore one of the wonders of the world’s Halong Bay.

This one of the most beautiful places in the world I have been to.  It is situated with thousands of limestone Islands that sit within the bay.  The place is best enjoyed from one fo the many beat cruises whether you chose 5 star luxury or a backpackers party cruise, you will still get too see the wonders it has to offer. There is over 1000s of Islands that surround Halong Bay.

I chose Vietnam Backpackers Hostel cruise that is a 2 and half day stay in their Private Island and day cruise trip that was meant to be a drinking cruises but you don’t have to drink and just enjoy the scenery. The cruise stops for a kayaking trip.   The place is full of history and during the Vietnam War there was a cave that was turned into a hospital.

things to do in vietnam

4. Stroll around Hoi An town.

Hoi An Ancient Town   is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.  The town is a former port city.it has a iconic Japanese covered bridge allaying you cross over the river.

The town at night comes to ife at night and it is full of colour. The town is full of pepper lanterns all over the town and you can buy them.  There is lots of nice restaurants and bars/clubs along the riverfront and they have the famous why not bar and there is a few of them around Vietnam.

things to do in vietnam

5. Walk around and get to meet the locals.

Vietnam was voted one of the friendliest cities in the world from the Lonely Planet. One of the best times I had was when I was in Da Lat, It was raining very heavily and I only like 6 hours there, so did not get to see a lot but we found a coffee shop and stayed there for a few hours until it stopped raining and it was nice talking to Vietnam’s owner.

Getting out and walking way from the tourist areas is wonderful. As you get see the real Vietnamese culture and how they live, which I love to do when visiting a place.

things to do in vietnam

Guest post by Daniel

I am a budding travel blogger who travels the world and shares my experiences and travel expertise via social media and through my blog.

I’m 22 years old and originally from Buckinghamshire, England. I specialize in Photography, I try and spend a much of my free time traveling as I can at every opportunity!

I started this blog to showcase the destination I have been too and helpful travel tips o help people travel more.

My blog is www.travelweekli.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/travelweekli

Twitter: www.twitter.com/danielcr1995

Instagram: www.instagram.com/travelweekli


langkawi bridge walk

Travel Guide For Langkawi

Travel Guide For Langkawi

Langkawi located on the west coast of Malaysia is an archipelago made up of ninety-nine islands. The interiors of the main island are filled with jungle-clad hills and picturesque paddy fields. Surrounded by turquoise sea, it is a paradise for the nature lovers. There are plenty of tropical gems hidden in this treasure trove that comes with excellent diving opportunities. Well known as the “Jewel of Kedah.” Langkawi is all about trees, beaches, and sunsets. Once here, you will never feel like leaving the paradise. All you need to do is to book cheap hotel in Langkawi and feel at home in the lush forests, waterfalls, caves and white sand beaches, plus, not to forget those mangroves. Different resorts and hotels are priced differently so as to fit in all kinds of tourists and visitors, based on their price ranges and preferences. You could easily get a budget hotel or make extravagant spend on a lavish hotel.

langkawi beach

The best time to go to Langkawi

Weather always plays an important role when planning a vacation. Langkawi weather stays stable among all Malaysian islands, and the temperatures are fairly consistent and remain at 30-35°C during the day. This is what makes it anytime a perfect time to visit Langkawi. The dry season lasts from December to February while the rainy season lasts from March till November.

Where to stay in Langkawi

As Langkawi increases in its popularity so does the number and options of accommodation. One can find affordable guesthouses, elegant hotels, and luxury resorts, that have only multiplied in number and are diverse enough to suit every need and budget. Just look for the best booking hotel rate to find the best sunny beachside bungalow or a jungle hideaway. Langkawi accommodations and hotel come with generously sized rooms and views to die for.

Popular activities in Langkawi

There is plenty to do and see in Langkawi.  One could go for bird watching, sailing, mangrove kayaking and jungle trekking. The more laid-back travelers could just laze around on the beaches with a good book or a cocktail. The surrounding jungles and pristine beaches here are simply impressive. Get a bird’s eye view of the island from Mt. Machincang as the SkyCab car system takes you there. Telaga Tujuh waterfall is arguably the most impressive and touted as the island’s most beautiful natural attraction. Kuak Town is Langkawi’s most developed area with modern shops, hotels, and restaurants. Do not forget to visit the island’s most prominent landmark, the Eagle Square. Langkawi Wildlife Park and Underwater World are worth a visit. Another must do is the mangrove kayaking tour. Enjoy the experience as you get swallowed up by the thick and flourishing mangroves.

langkawi hotels

Shopping in Langkawi

Apart from those pristine beaches and mountains, Langkawi’s duty-free shopping is the next best popular activity. One can buy any item under the sun such as sports shoes, perfumes, cigarettes, liquor and chocolates and more. It is indeed a shopper’s paradise, and the handmade souvenirs and apparels of the island remain much in demand. Look for authentic batik and songket prints and one can bargain to lower the prices. Langkawi hosts a night market that is organized at different locations.

Eating out in Langkawi

Food in Langkawi exists in a great variety and is reasonably-priced. There is indeed no shortage of restaurants on the holiday island of Langkawi. One can enjoy both local as well as international cuisines such as Japanese sushi or Russian borscht. There is a wealth of local delicacies to be enjoyed here. Some of the hot favorites are the rice bowl, Malay dish nasi tomato, and ayam masak merah – chicken in red sauce. You will love the pineapple and peanut salad – acar nenas.

langkawi guide tour


tenerife

7 things to do in Tenerife

7 things to do in Tenerife

This new year, many people will make plans to go on a vacation or a holiday to a variety of places. Some will be well-known, while others will be less travelled; and there’s a chance you’ll be one of these people. In case you’re making plans to travel and haven’t made up your mind yet as to where to go, I have the perfect place. I speak of none other than the largest and most populated island of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Here are 7 things to do in Tenerife:

 

Visit a Volcano:

Ever wanted to visit a volcano? Well, now you can in Tenerife, presenting the Mount Teide. Not only is it a slumbering giant volcano, its is also Spain’s highest peak which rises 3718 meters above sea level to touch the sky. The sight is extraordinary, not only the mountain itself the major attraction but the view itself is breathtaking as well, as you can see the whole of Teide National Park from up top.

tenerife volcano

Take a dip in Garachico’s rock pools:

Following up on the volcanic theme we have another attraction which is a result of past activity, the rock pools at Garachico. It happened in 1706 when an eruption sent tow destructive molten rivers flowing through the town to fill the harbour with lava instead of ships. This caused a formation of pools for which hoards if visitors flock there. The depths of the pool vary; some are suitable whereas others will require you to have a good set of lungs to reach the bottom.

Garachico’s rock pools tenerife

Go Nuts at the Carnival:

Want to let loose? We have just the thing, but you’ll have to able to keep up with it. Presenting the carnival, which can only be described as big, brash, loud, colourful street parades and all-night street parties; it is exhilarating and good-natured fun and the biggest fiesta in the calendar. Takes place in either February or March and is held in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz.

tenerife Carnival

Discover a lost world at Masca:

And now take a break and discover this quiet little hamlet called Masca, the second you step here you’ll feel like you’ve reached a whole other world. You can’t help but feel that there’s something quasi-prehistoric about the place like you’re discovering a lost world. Its beauty makes Masca a tourist hotspot, so arrive late in the day to experience the hamlet at its best.

tenerife Masca

Roaming at a Romeria:

We make a return to fiestas but something’s different here. You’ll find that almost every historic town in the place holds a romeria at some point during the year. But what on Earth’s a Romeria? These are a type of a fiesta in which everybody puts on traditional clothes and elaborately decorates ox-drawn carts before taking it to the streets to hand out local goodies which include (but not limited to) gofio amasado  (these are savoury cakes of toasted grain flour mixed with honey and almonds), papas arrugadas (these are wrinkled potatoes), boiled eggs, vino del pais (this is a country wine) and juicy barbecued pork and beef fillets.

tenerife Romeria

Picnic in the Pines:

Take a breath, kick back and relax with a picnic in the pines, at zonas recreativas. Each Sunday, locals head over there for a picnic and a sing-along in the pine forest, where the trees are a welcome retreat from the sun in summer. All zongs recreativas have chunky picnic tables, stone barbecues, fresh spring water and toilets. Most people arrive laden with food, but you’ll find even the simplest of meals will feel like a5-star restaurant dining experience at the pines. If you want the facilities to yourself, go midweek.

tenerife Picnic in the Pines

Feast your eyes upon the thousand-year-old Drago tree:

No one actually knows how old is this tree exactly, some say its stood there for 5000 years, while others argue its been around for merely 650 years. No matter the age, it’s a fine specimen of a tree that was once said to have been sprouted from the blood of the slain dragons. The millennium Drago (as its mostly called) is the multi-crowned king of Canarian flora and will make for a great anecdote.

tenerife thousand-year-old Drago tree


Win A Free Three Night Stay To Cologne With Flights

Congratulations to the winner Thelma Lovisa. 

The winner has now been contacted via email and I’m waiting for a response

Thank you to everyone who entered, please stay tuned as I  run a lot of competitions throughout the year.

Win A 3 Night Christmas Break to Cologne

Competition Time for you and a friend

The giveaway will be for the following

3 nights stay in a beautiful 3-star hotel for 2

2 flights from London Gatwick on 18th December to Cologne.

2 flights from Cologne to London Gatwick on the 21st December.

In order to be part of this competition, you must follow all of these simple rules

You must share THIS article on any social media website (Facebook, Twitter etc.) (Share buttons are at the bottom of this page, make sure you share on public mode so it can be verified)

You must comment on one of your favourite posts on Kevin’s Travel Diary.

You must sign up to Kevin’s Travel Diary

The winner will be chosen at random on the 11th December 2017 and will be notified by email.

Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale.

You will be one of those visitors! I will also work with the winner and provide you with a great itinerary to ensure you see all the sights and things not to be missed!

Terms & Conditions:
You must be able to travel on the given dates, they can not be changed. There is no cash alternative to the prize & spending money is not included. No transfers or transport is included. It is just flights and accommodation.
Accommodation is in a Double Room for two sharing a double Bed.
Flights are included in the prize, but only on the dates stated above.
Holiday insurance is not included and must be purchased before travel.
The prize is strictly non-transferable, non-refundable.
Competition closes 11th December 2017. This competition is for over 18 years of age only.
One entry per person and each person must follow each competition rule to be included in this giveaway.
Kevin’s Travel Diary is not responsible for any mishaps that may occur during your time away, nor will Kevin’s Travel Diary be held responsible for your time in Cologne.