In 2018, we decided to cross the Atlantic for the first time. Laura and I decided to chose a destination each in turn. This time, it was Laura who chose Chile, South America.
As usual, we rented a car to explore this new piece continent. We started out near Santiago and the Casablanca Valley. Soon after that we followed the Panamaricana Norte all the way up to San Pedro de Atacama. We made a loop back and ended back in Santiago after three weeks through one of the most amazing and vast landscapes I’ve seen so far.
We chose to visit Iceland in a counter-clockwise movement. We started our two week journey after landing in Reykjavik. We immediately went land inward to quiet our thirst for waterfalls: Þingvellir, Brúarfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss and Skogafoss.
The most memorable thing about Iceland will always be how fast the weather and the scenery can change. You can drive around for 3 hours and you’ll see two seasons, three different types of surroundings and no other living human being.
Scandinavia and other Northern countries always were an interest of mine. In 2017, we finally decided to make the trip and visit the Land of the Fjords: Norway.
Norway has a few hikes that are very known to the public: Trolltunga, Preikestolen, Kjeragbolten, Besseggen and a lot more. We decided to challenge ourselves and hike Trolltunga (about 10 hours back and forth) and Besseggen (about 8 hours). Up until today, both still hold place 2 and 3 of the most strenuous hikes we have done. But the views truly are magnificent and worth it every step of the way.
After renting a car in Iceland, this felt like the most natural way for me to discover a new country. We left Belgium by car and drove straight through Germany and Austria to reach Slovenia en afterwards Croatia.
The National Parks are a huge plus in both countries, but if you visit the ones that are less known, you’ll enjoy the vibrant nature they have to offer even more.