Portugal: Hiking 50 km through the Douro Valley

In order to mix our hiking experiences a bit up in Portugal we went on a 50 km hike through the Douro Valley. As we never did a multi day hike through a winery region, I was exited to put this to our list. The kilometers were split into 4 days, nearly equally. The difference between the days been the incline in altitude. This was between 800 and 250 meters. This…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part III

Our last hike in the north of Portugal lead us from Ponte de Lima back to Viana do Castelo. Ponte de Lima, is the oldest vila in Portuga and it is part of the district of Viana do Castelo. It should not be missed on a visit to the north. It has a beautiful old center to wonder in and is also famous for great restaurants in town. Ponte de Lima…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part II

The second part of our hiking journey in the north of Portugal included two hiking paths among the coastline. Both trails are following the Portuguese part of the Camino de Santiago. With that said we also saw a couple of Camhino hikers. "Bom Caminho" is the greeting in Portuguese. In order to wish the hikers a nice hike on the Caminho. The Camhino Portugues starts in Porto and joins the Camino de…

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Portugal: Hiking the North of Portugal – Part I

In order to escape the crowds we choose a more unknown and natural region of Portugal. The North, in this series mainly the area from Montaria - in the mountains - to Ponte de Lima. The idea was to go more local and explore the green heart of the north by foot. The region welcomed us with the last strength of summer, with 33 degrees - in the middle of September.…

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World: Rewind 2014

The year 2014 just ended with our biggest adventure yet in New Zealand. We just flew to this outdoor place, nothing reserved or booked. Just a car and an adventure ahead. In order to survive the time until New Zealand in November we went back to the magical Iceland to hike the Laugavegur Trail.  A highland dream hike - Iceland After our first Iceland adventure, the Ring Road, we knew we…

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New Zealand: A hike to remember – Abel Tasman National Park

The Abel Tasman National Park is a home to the Abel Tasman Coast Track. The track is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand. It is a one way track and can be walked in both directions. It is also possible to start from different points. We booked our Abel Tasman Adventure in Motueka i-SITE Visitor Information Centre. We decided to take a water taxi from Marahau to Whariwharangi Bay,…

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New Zealand: The stunning Kepler Track

Start of the Kepler Track Into the woods After already more than a week in New Zealand we finally started your first multiday hike, the Kepler Track. We parked our car at the Rainbow Reach Car Park and left your luggage and personal stuff at a campsite in Te Anau in a locker. The information center in Te Anau can help with finding the best option in order to get to…

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Iceland: Laugavegur Tips

Name: Laugavegur Length: ~55 km Time: ~ 3-4 Days Waypoints: Landmannalaugar →Hrafntinnusker→Álftavatn→Emstrur→Þórsmörk (vise-versa) Direction: the trail can be walked in both directions, more popular is Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. Extension: the trail can be extended from Þórsmörk→Skogar Good to know: hike includes river crossing, walking in deep water and ice climbing. Weather is totally unpredictable, expect sun, rain, wind and even snow. With that in mind be prepared for all kind of…

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Iceland: Laugavegur Day 4

Day 4: Emstur to Þórsmörk Length: ~15 km Time: ~ 6-7 hours Good to know: this hike is as long as the one on day 3. Hiking includes the crossing of the deepest river of the total hike. It took us 30 minutes to find the right way through the river, as there are several branching s. Tip: When reaching Pórsmörk take two or three days in order to do some…

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Iceland: Laugavegur Day 3

Day 3: Álftavatn to Emstur Length: ~15 km Time: ~ 6-7 hours Good to know: this hike is longer than the first 2 days. Take a longer lunch break at the river with waterfall. Tip: several river crossing are included in this part of the hike. Be prepared for ice-cold glacier water. Near the Emstur hut there is a nice canyon to visit. Walking time 30 to 40 minutes one direction.…

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