The land is desolate.
There’s a black rim around the edge of the island, revealing the volcanic territory I’m about to fly into.
From my window seat in the sky, I can see a single road edging around the island and the occasional moving rectangle of a vehicle below.
“Open your mouth.”
Umm, my mouth?
“Just open your mouth, I’ve got something for you.”
It was an odd demand from a man I’d only met about an hour prior. Even odder is that we were currently drifting down the waters of a melted glacier between two continental plates.
I began to get used to this sound; I’d hear it every day as I walked through the streets of Killarney.
I stared at the tiny gap between the fearsome edges of the limestone rock and the water of the lake.
The task was simple enough – lie prone in our kayaks and drift through the crevasse to the other side.
But, adding numb extremities, an icy breeze, a kayak paddle and a mild fear of enclosed spaces and the task became much more of a personal challenge.
From reindeer and Huskies to the magical northern lights, Finnish Lapland has captured my imagination for a long time.
Being part-Scandinavian (my grandfather was from Bergen), I’ve always been obsessed with those Scandi countries.
So it’s an absolute pleasure and thrill to say that I’m about to travel to Finnish Lapland to spend a week up in the Arctic Circle with Aurora Holidays chasing the northern lights!
What inspires you when you travel?
What sights lift your spirits and touch your soul?
Some places have a greater effect on you than others, their backdrops offering more inspiration and inner peace away from the busyness of everyday life.
The Ruapehu region of New Zealand is a spectacular vision in the North Island.
The three volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe interrupt an otherwise flat, sparse and desert-like region.
It’s the sight of this dramatic volcanic landscape that makes me draw a sharp intake of breath each time I arrive.
It’s no secret a vacation in Indonesia has been on our bucket list for a while – and it’s not hard to understand, given one of the key activities we write about on Snorkels to Snow is about scuba diving.
What with Raja Ampat and the Komodo National Park, it’s our dream to spend some time traveling around this incredible South-East Asian nation.
All I can hear is the glassy crunch of my skis with each turn.
Cliffs and hills cast shadows on the floodlit trails while perfect silhouettes of committed skiers and snowboarders dance on the snow.