Svalbard Travel Guide

Svalbard Travel Guide: Plan Your Perfect Visit

Julie Norway, Svalbard 2 Comments

Svalbard. An arctic playground where there are more polar bears than people. This is a land of glaciers, the northern lights, the midnight sun, and frozen tundra. Svalbard may seem barren, but it is filled with arctic wildlife like reindeer, walrus, and polar bears. If you like the idea of exploring the great outdoors, your options are almost endless, winter …

Longyearbyen Svalbard

Top Ten Things to do in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Julie Norway, Svalbard 2 Comments

Longyearbyen is the world’s northernmost city. This is a town where the streets have no names, reindeer wander through town, and there are more snowmobiles than people. If you have plans to visit Svalbard, Longyearbyen is where you will eat, sleep, and fill your time in between arctic adventures. The best thing to do in Svalbard is to leave the …

Hike Zakopane

How to Hike Koscielec in the Polish Tatras from Zakopane

Julie Poland 3 Comments

Zakopane is Poland’s gateway city for exploring the mountain range known as the Tatras. From Zakopane, you can take your pick from quick, easy hikes to longer all day affairs that have you climbing among the tallest mountain peaks. We hiked to the summit of Koscielec, one of many options if you are looking for a full day hiking trip …

Hiorthfjellet Hike

Kayaking Adventfjord and Hiking Hiorthfjellet: A One Day Adventure in Svalbard

Julie Norway, Svalbard 2 Comments

Svalbard offers a wide range of adventure activites. Ride on a rib boat and search for walrus, kayak in front of an active glacier, or cruise out to an abandoned mining town. For a really cool one day adventure, how about kayaking across Adventfjord and then hiking to the summit of Hiorthfjellet, one of the tallest mountains in the area? …

flying to lukla

Scariest Moment: Flying to Lukla, Nepal

Julie Nepal 4 Comments

Google “world’s most dangerous airport” and the Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, consistently makes it onto the list. The geography of the airport’s location combined with factors such as a very short runway and limited electricity make this airport one of the world’s most dangerous. Add in the fact that several of the airlines that fly in and out of …