Trips

Trips

Latest trip reports from Scotland and beyond.

17th February 2017

16 things you always wanted to know about Iceland (but were afraid to ask)

Here are 16 interesting facts about Iceland that you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask)…     1. Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions Iceland lies in the Mid-Atlantic ridge, forming a boundary between Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. For this reason it is very active geologically and volcanically. There are around 8000 earthquakes each year, and many volcanic eruptions. Luckily, most of them are minor and many don’t even get reported in the media.   2. Hot […]
9th February 2017

Exploring Iceland – Reykjanes, Seltjarnarnes and Hvalfjörður

Encouraged by our Golden Circle trip and improved road conditions, we decided to rent a car for the last two days of our stay and explore Iceland from the roadside. There is no shortage of car rental companies in Iceland, from the big international names to small, independent ones; you can rent anything from a compact car to a ginormous 4×4.  After a bit of research we decided to go with SADcars, an independent company specialised in older but reliable […]
28th January 2017

Exploring Iceland – The Golden Circle tour

Normally when we travel we don’t even consider going on guided tours, not too mention organised coach trips. However, in Iceland the weather was so unpredictable we were a bit reluctant to hire a car and explore on our own, but we still wanted to see some of the amazing landscapes the country has to offer. So we broke our unspoken rule and for the first time ever signed up for one of the ubiquitous Golden Circle tours, offered by […]
18th January 2017

7 things to do in Reykjavik – not only in winter

We dreamed about visiting Iceland for a very long time. Last year Easyjet opened a direct route from Edinburgh to Reykjavik, offering cheap flights to Iceland, so we decided to spend the New Year in world’s northernmost capital city. With the population of around 130,000, Reykjavik is by no means a big city, and it certainly doesn’t feel like one. Not that we’re complaining! From our Airbnb apartment we could reach just about anywhere in Reykjavik in no more than […]
29th December 2016

Autumn weekend on Isle of Mull

Last autumn was beautiful in Scotland, with loads of dry and sunny days, fantastic sunrises and even more spectacular sunsets. In an attempt to make the most of the nice weather, we spent a weekend on Isle of Mull in late October. Here’s a handful of our favourite photos from this trip. About the Isle Located off the west coast of Scotland, Isle of Mull belongs to the Inner Hebrides and has everything one can expect from a Scottish island: […]
18th December 2016

Travelling in Ecuador – a handful of information and practical advice

Language A little Spanish goes a long way in Ecuador. Even in bigger cities very few people speak English, and in the countryside it is virtually impossible to find someone speaking language other than Spanish and/or Kichwa. It is worth to learn basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar before travelling to Ecuador, and since it’s one of the easier languages to learn (and Latin American accent makes it very easy to understand), there really is no excuse. Your travel will be […]
2nd December 2016

Lost in the clouds – Santa Lucia Ecolodge and cloud forest reserve

After all the trekking and mountaineering adventures, we wanted the last stop of our Ecuadorian trip to be something (relatively) easy and relaxing. I also wanted to see a different kind of tropical forest – the misty and mysterious Andean cloud forest. Luckily one doesn’t have to travel far from Quito to get to the heart of the cloud forest; two hours by bus takes us from the dusty suburbs of Quito to the village of Nanegal, surrounded by lush, […]
23rd November 2016

Getting high on Chimborazo

If you thought that by climbing Mount Everest you get as close as possible to space without leaving the surface of the Earth, you may have to think again. Everest (8848m) may be the highest mountain in the world when measured from the sea level, but Chimborazo (the highest mountain in Ecuador at 6310m) is actually the furthest away from the centre of the Earth – all thanks to the fact that Earth bulges considerably at the equator. Being in […]
10th November 2016

Three days in the wilderness – the Vicuña Trail

The Vicuña Trail is one of the long distance treks beautifully described by Robert and Daisy Kunstaetter in their book “Trekking in Ecuador”. Described as “moderately difficult, 22km, 2- to 3-day trek” with elevation of 3500-4400m, it sounded like a good preparation for our Chimborazo climb, with the possibility of an acclimatisation climb up Carihuairazo (5018m), Chimborazo’s “little sister”. Planning the trek we used Kunstaetters’ book along with Rob Rachowiecki’s “Ecuador: Trekking and Climbing Guide”; both books are great as […]
2nd November 2016

The colourful markets of Otavalo

The town of Otavalo is located some 100km, or 1.5 hrs by bus, from Quito. Surrounded by mountains and often shrouded in mist and clouds, it would be just another sleepy small town if not for its world famous Saturday markets, one of the biggest and best in South America. For centuries the Otavaleños have been known as skilled weavers, producing beautiful and colourful textiles. This brought the town to its prosperity, and up to this day people form the […]
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