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Hike Destinations: Landmannalaugar Versus Tongariro

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Unearthly and unbelievable – a few miles away from Landmannalaugar in Iceland.

Bacon or chocolate? A pint of craft beer or a wedge of aged gouda? The family dog or cat?

Picking my favorite hike destination is just as hard. I can narrow it down to two:

The stretch of the Laugavegur trail (which the Best Muffin Blog calls the “oh wow” hike) that goes from Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker in the remote highlands of Iceland. I once described the hike as a rip in the space-time continuum, especially in the perpetual gray of summer. The Technicolor mountains, volcanic fumaroles, lava plus and ash-dusted snow just adds to it.

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing. If I overhear any so-called “traveler” blather about how everything worth seeing in New Zealand is in the South Island, I stop listening. Tongariro is why. From a barren, blasted volcanic hellscape to verdant rain forests, you’ll see some incredible stuff. Oh, and my ratings are for those who take the side trip up Mount Ngauruhoe. It’s just an incredible hike destination.

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Norway – Hike in the Land of the Giants

Every year, 30,000 hike the Besseggen trail in Norway’s Jotunheimen. Find out why – along with some helpful info to get the most out of your adventure.Continue Reading

Iceland Diaries – Day 6 (Skaftafell, Vik)

Eating rotten shark meat, hiking Skaftafell National Park, a second hike in search of puffins in the cliffs near Vik – That’s all part of Day 6 in the Iceland Diary.Continue Reading

Hiking Destination: Iceland’s Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar isn’t so much a place. It’s more of a rip in the space-time continuum. Consider its summer: It’s hard to tell 3 a.m. from 3 p.m. It can wrap you in the warmth of geothermal vents, chill you with wind, hose you down with rain – all in the span of 30 minutes. YouContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Primal Strips Vegan Jerky is Eco-Friendly, Healthy – and Tasty

The founders of Primal Foods set out on a mission – to make a good-tasting vegan alternative to meat jerkies. And they hit the mark, even for a lot of us omnivores.Continue Reading

Australia Post #2

m4s0n501 Saturday, Aug. 18 I like my coffee a lot, and my coffee likes me. That means I want to taste the coffee, not have it buried under sprinkles, whipped cream and a bunch of fake pumpkin-spice flavor. I didn’t know this when we booked the tickets, but that meant Australia would be just rightContinue Reading