South of Spain Itinerary الأندلسيه

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People always wonder where to go in South of Spain.. Where to stay and what to do! I’ll share with you my favorites in the South! So from Madrid you can either take a train (Renfe, the fast train), OR rent a car (You can rent it from the train station or the airport).

Now, my recommendations would be to go to:

  • Granada غرناطه
  • Seville إشبيلية
  • Cordoba قرطبه
  • Tarifa (Cadiz) قادش
  • Marbella ماربيا
  • Ronda روندا

Not in that particular order, whichever seems more convenient for you.

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North of Spain Road Trip ~ Hello965

North of Spain Map - Hello965

Hello Explorers!!

For the North of Spain, the above is a route I recommend you to take on a roadtrip. Basically you could start-off with either San Sebastian and end it in Coruña, or the other way around.

  • A Coruña كرورونيا
  • Gijon خيخون
  • Santander سانتاندير
  • Bilbao بيلباو
  • San Sebastian سان سيباستيان

I’ve done this trip back in 2012. San Sebastian was my absolute favorite. Another city that I haven’t added in here, is Pamplona. If you have the time, pass by it it’s only 2 hours drive from San Sebastian!

 

A Coruña

A Coruña

The best sea-food ever. A Coruña (Castilian: La Coruña) is a port city, beachy hot spot and cruise-ship stop; a busy commercial centre and a cultural enclave; a historic city and a modern metropolis with a buzzing nightlife – all in all, an intriguing place to discover.

Gijon

Gijon

Gijon is a city by the sea, which is omnipresent in its geography and activities. Nature has given the city the gift of numerous stunning beaches all along its coastline.

In the summer the beaches are the destination for families, friends and lovers who come to sunbath, partake in water sports or simply enjoy the natural coastline. The beaches aren’t abandoned during the autumn and winter months, when they are perfect spots for a stroll, fishing and just taking in some lovely fresh air. If you are into active tourism, adventure or outdoor activities, Gijon offers a host of possibilities.

Santander

Santander

Modern Santander is not the most beautiful of cities. A huge fire raged through the centre back in 1941, leaving little that’s old or quaint.
But Cantabria’s capital makes the most of its setting along the northern side of the handsome Bahía de Santander, and it’s a lively place to spend a day or two, with good city beaches, bustling shopping streets, a heaving bar and restaurant scene, and a few cultural attractions. It’s a popular summer holiday resort for Spaniards.
Bilbao

Bilbao

Revitalized by the success of its Guggenheim Museum, the energetic city of Bilbao is set amid the spectacular green hills of the Basque Country.

 San Sebastian

San Sebastián

This elegant seaside resort boasts one of Europe’s best city beaches; its superb cuisine is at its most affordable in the pintxos bars of the old quarter.

Pamplona

Pamplona

An intriguing destination, which comes alive during the bull-running of July’s San Fermín festival. (I’ve posted about this event before on snapchat!!)

Que tenga un buen viaje, Adios!
Hello965

FAQ’s about Iceland

Who is Iceland for?

Iceland is for outdoors, nature and adventure lovers. Iceland is filled with landscapes that would fulfill the wildest dreams of hikers, photographers and geologists. Having said that, people of all ages, interests and fitness can enjoy and visit Iceland.

For family holidays, it is also a great place with lots of activities to offer such as such as horse riding, whale watching, white water rafting, snowmobiling and super jeep adventures.

The destinations that are popular/worth seeing.

1 Reykjavík

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Though one of Europe’s smaller capitals, the vibrant heart of Iceland offers everything from style-conscious bars and restaurants to great museums and galleries.

2 Blue Lagoon

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Take a dip in the sublime waters of this famous open-air swimming pool, fed by geothermal water and set in the middle of a lava-field.

3 Geysir

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See the original geyser (which gave its name to all the others) spew water from deep underground high into the air.

4 Þingvellir (National park in Iceland)

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The chasm between the European and North American tectonic plates marks the site of Iceland’s original open-air parliament.

5 Akureyri

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Chill on the north coast in Iceland’s second-largest town, renowned for its sunny summer days and great bar and restaurant scene.

6 Húsavík

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Whale watching is on everybody’s list of must-dos in Iceland, and the expertly run tours from Húsavík offer virtually guaranteed sightings.

7 Lake Mývatn

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A proliferation of geological oddities, from bubbling mud pools to steam vents, clustered around a beautiful lake teeming with birdlife.

8 The Interior

The Interior Iceland

Venture into Iceland’s uninhabited Interior to witness some truly awe-inspiring scenery: from glaciers to lava deserts, the views are jaw-dropping.

9 Heimaey

Heimaey

A steaming volcano cone, grassy clifftop walks and abundant wildlife make this small, self-contained island community an essential overnight stopover.

 

When is the best time to travel?

Iceland is a year round destination so it largely depends what you want to see or do. Although Iceland is big enough to avoid the crowds, July and August are still the busiest months. If you want to travel through the uninhabited interior of Iceland, you should plan your visit for July and August as most of the highland tracks are only open during this period.

  • Flight

Kuwait (KWI) to Reykjavik (REK)

  • Tickets around 250-300 in July
  • Tickets around 350-400 in August

The ‘shoulder season’ months of May and September are said to be fantastic times to visit, taking advantage of the good weather and competitive hotel rates. If you want to go whale watching then you’ll need to travel between May and September.

  • Flight

Kuwait (KWI) to Reykjavik (REK)

  • Tickets around KD 400-1,000 in May
  • Tickets around KD 240-270 in Sept

While the winter months encompassing September to mid-April bring the alluring prospect of the aurora borealis.

  • Flight

Kuwait (KWI) to Reykjavik (REK)

  • Tickets around KD 240-270 in April

When & where can I see the northern lights?

Northen Lights

Iceland is an absolutely fantastic place to view the northern lights, and it may be possible to see them between September and mid-April (November to February in particular).

The aurora borealis appears when solar wind particles collide with air molecules in the earth’s atmosphere, transferring their energy into light. Displays can vary in intensity (and duration); the swirling curtain of glowing green and yellow stretching overhead is just magical. A clear cloudless night without any light interference nearby is essential, making Iceland the perfect location!

 

Cheers,

Hello965

PS. if you have been already to Iceland, and feel like sharing your experience – contact us on info@hello965.com
 

Hello965 Friends: Antarctica

Antarctica: Life’s Greatest Challenge
by: Arwa Abulhasan

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There was a frenzy of excited passengers on the slippery decks of the Sea Spirit as soon as the first iceberg was spotted.   We were approaching Antarctica, the icy continent. At that moment in time we were in the infamous Drake Passage, which is similar to an oceanic roller coaster, and we were still 10 hours away from Antarctica, but we were getting closer, and the excitement was palpable.

The 2041 International Expedition to Antarctica had started two days ago in Ushuaia, Argentina where the stellar 2041 team bombarded us with safety briefings, lectures on sustainability, climate change, leadership, and most importantly, the inspiring story of  Robert Swan’s walk to the South Pole and how that spurred him to be a champion in the preservation of Antarctica.

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The next ten days made every one of the 81 expedition participants want to dedicate their life to the preservation of this pristine continent. Antarctica was truly breathtaking and every hike or zodiac cruise would prove to us that it was incomparable to any other place on earth. The expedition activities ranged from gentle walks on the ice to reflect and write in our journals, to camping on the ice in -5 degrees Celsius, and hiking a crevasse filled glacier in rope teams.   And for the truly daring, there was the much anticipated polar plunge where you jump into the icy Antarctic waters just for fun. But what set this expedition apart was that every activity was planned perfectly with safety at the forefront. Every staff member was fully informed and always there to ensure the animals’ wellbeing and our safety.

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Luck is also a big art of any expedition to Antarctica. Mother Nature took from us a chance to hike the brown’s bluff glacier because the waters were very icy that day and we would have been stranded for days or weeks perhaps, if we had attempted to go there. But, when life gives you lemons, you learn how to make lemonade. Our lemonade was landing on a large piece of sea ice, which is essentially frozen ocean, and not something that has broken off from a glacier. In return, Mother Nature treated us with the rare opportunity to see around 30 orcas swimming and jumping around our vessel and later, an immense sperm whale who came close enough for some amazing photographs.

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In between the ice landings and zodiac cruises to view the wildlife, we had lectures about the history, geology, and wildlife of the continent, as well as a myriad of talks on leadership and sustainability. We even got the opportunity to help one of our fellow expeditioners collect water specimens to look for microplastics in the Antarctic ocean, and another to test solar panels on the vessel.

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In short, this was truly an experience of a lifetime. One that left all of the participants hungry for more and sad to land at the port of Ushuaia at the end of the voyage.

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Yet, the journey has not ended, in fact, it has just begun. Each and every one of the expedition participants has to make their mark to help raise awareness so that in the year 2041 the Antarctic treaty will be ratified to keep Antarctica as a land reserved for peace and science.

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The filmmakers in the group will make a film, the educators will educate, the scientists will continue their research and development of alternative energy so that we will never need to drill or mine in this pristine continent. As for me, I will tell my story so that next year there will be more than just one Kuwaiti on the 2041 expedition. So that Kuwaitis view Antarctica not as a touristic destination, but a place to learn and grow and challenge themselves both physically and mentally. Most importantly, my mission is to tell my children how sad the penguins are that they are losing their homes now that their icebergs are melting because we are using too much water every time we take a shower or brush our teeth. Every time I see my children turning off the tap or turning off the light, I know that we are that much closer to preserving Antarctica for our grandchildren.

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To learn more about the 2041 International Antarctic Expedition please visit www.2041.com and the Facebook page: Robert Swan and 2041.

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www.2041.com