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How Iceland’s baby volcano was born

In 1973, a 1,600m-long fissure erupted on Iceland’s island of Heimaey, spewing lava, ash and destroying 800 houses – and birthing a new volcano that remains live, and warm, even today.
Read more… 22 July 2014


The train that takes on Alaska’s Mt McKinley

The 470-mile Denali Star line tracks through a vast landscape so wild, it can be easier to spot caribou than people and one town’s mayor is a cat named Stubbs.
Read more… 17 July 2014


Worldwide Weird

Seas that glow like stars

A bizarre natural phenomenon lights up the water off these three beaches, making the sea shine with a surreal blue light.
Read more… 05 July 2014


Sleeping on stilts in the Amazon

At Brazil’s largest nature reserve, travellers can stay in treehouses, paddle past alligators and pick acai berries – but only 1,000 visitors a year are allowed in.
Read more… 02 July 2014


On this Turkish trail, kindness is the compass

Walking an ancient 330km route alone seems solitary. Except for friendships struck with farmers – and for the ghosts of Ottoman sultans and Roman soldiers who trod the trail before.
Read more… 28 June 2014


Switzerland’s valley of butterflies

The rugged, ancient landscape of Canton Valais is home to a variety of exquisite, endangered butterflies that draws lepidopterists from around the world.
Read more… 26 June 2014


‘There is a dark side to this bucolic Swiss bliss’

The Swiss alpine region of Appenzell is achingly beautiful – and haunted by loneliness so palpable, it has inspired one of the world’s saddest, most beautiful forms of music.
Read more… 05 June 2014


To Montreal, with Google as a guide

Bicycling through upstate New York and into Canada is not for the faint of heart – but the sweat is rewarded with historical re-enactments, tiny towns and splendid scenery.
Read more… 01 June 2014


Localites

Mumbai’s urban jungle, after dark

Spend the night in the city’s beloved Sanjay Gandhi National Park, home to bears, bats and even the occasional leopard.
Read more… 23 May 2014


Hunting possums – and ecological balance – in New Zealand

New Zealand is a naturalist’s dream – but its one-of-a-kind flora and fauna are threatened by invasive species. Can travellers help… by hunting?
Read more… 22 May 2014


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