Europe

Reykjavik

Impeccably clean, friendly to tourists and smartly designed, Iceland’s capital is remarkably safe as well. If I had realized sooner that Reykjavik was a mere five hour flight away, I would have visited a lot sooner. Spending a day, or a few, in the city is a must-do on any Nordic adventure itinerary. See: Hallgrímskirkja […]

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Iceland’s Golden Circle

I am not a huge fan of tours. Sitting on a crowded bus while cameras flash endlessly, then following a guide carrying a red flag… not my idea of an enrichening experience. Until Iceland. Taking the Golden Circle Tour is one of the best travel decisions I have made. Included are three phenomenal stops: the […]

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Iceland on Horseback

A popular mode of transportation in Iceland is the Super Jeep, a massive vehicle set high off the ground, in order to clear mammoth rocks lodged in the decades-old volcanic landscape. What if you needed to cross rivers and travel across miles of frozen, slippery terrain, along a path too small for a Super Jeep? […]

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Moscow

We saved the best for last. Moscow, that is. It was our last stop on a whirlwind tour through Russia, on a climbing trip with Alpine Ascents International. Moscow pulsed with grandeur, and I was continually amazed by the enormity of the city’s monuments and squares. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior (above) was ordered […]

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St. Petersburg

Even through the haze of jetlag, St. Petersburg was a marvelous city to behold. It marked the start of my summer adventure in Russia, and the cultural warm-up prior to my summit of Mount Elbrus, the tallest mountain in all of Europe. Our first stop on the tour was the State Hermitage Museum, affectionately referred […]

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