Well, we think it's safe to say that we're all pretty pumped to have 2020 in the rear view mirror, and that all of us at iKamper are excited to start making some great camping memories in 2021! Even though 2020 was a tough one, we still managed to get in a few great moments along the way.
At the tail end of Hurricane Dorian, a fierce wind battered our ferry as we pitched and rolled through the chop, blown into a white-capped frenzy. As water smacked against us, there was little choice but to ride the waves of nausea after embarkation in Denmark. Two days of being tossed up and down in the North Atlantic, we anchored with gratitude to an island tucked between Norway and Iceland. Connected by causeways, bridges, and mountains gift-wrapped in a velvety green – heathland ran unbridled through every windswept valley. A startling way to encounter the Faroe Islands, I wondered about how else we’d experience this near, faraway place. New territory for us, it comprised the next Nordic leg of our Cape-to-Cape jaunt.
We all have something that pulls us into nature. For some it's the cool mountain air, the sounds of the waves crashing by the beach or the crackle of a campfire illuminating the smiles of good friends. Recently, we were able to catch up with one of our friends better known as the Elevated Trail Squad to see what pulls them into the fresh air!
Thank you to everyone who participated in the Show Us Your Tent video contest! We received many awesome submissions from members of the iKamper Community all over the world. The following five videos were the winners of our contest.
The sea has been beating against this lump of rock for thousands of years, shaping it into the mushroom-like appearance it bestows today. It was utterly sublime, one of the most ravishing rocks I’ve ever seen.
Right on the edge of the Finnish Russian border, Karhu-Kuusamo Oy comprises a couple that offers bear watching out of a place called Kuusamo, the northernmost part of Finland. Protected from hunting, a magnificent number of brown bears dwell in the forest at Kuntilampi. Incredible – who knew these beasts resided on the continent?
“Get a load of that – that’s it!” I barked above the roar of blessed tourists in all shapes, sizes and ages. Best as I tried to blot them out, I zoned in on the thinning blade of rock jutting out over Hardangerfjord. It’s a sight, alright. Perhaps one of the most spectacular Norwegian destinations hiked to date, the trek to reach it was a challenging 15.3-miles long.
Situated west of Møsvatn, we hiked the hillside draped in a green crushed velvet throw of forest and waterfalls on the plateau. To plunge in just our underwear into the gin-clear pool, the water thundering off into infinity behind us, was utterly invigorating. As was losing a layer of suncreamy sweat.
Norway is at least twice the length of the UK but with only 8 per cent of the British population, it boasts more forest than people. The trees are so dense in huge thickets, you’ll think you’re in the Yukon. Fjords, the rain and snowfall of millennia, having helped to create some of the world’s most impressive waterfalls, slice the terrain. I wondered if we should have waited for the shoulder season. Typically, July is when Norwegians take their holiday, which coupled with the month that magnetizes tourists – attracts the international masses on a serious scale.
Time started to slow as we sunk into the Scottish Highlands. Easing our way back into a life on the road after a nearly five-year motorcycle jaunt up the Americas, Etive Road near Glencoe proffered a trusty camping spot in the Scottish Highlands. The onset of summer notwithstanding, Mother Nature had other ideas. Chilly by day, gusting winds and lashings of rain ensued at all hours. The elements hurled down on us, but it was an apt combination to put the rooftop tent through its paces.