Rucksacks travel guide

National parks

Saguaro National Park - Giant cacti in the Arizona desert - USA

Outside of Tucson, Arizona is Saguaro National Park, the perfect place to see the queen of the desert - the giant saguaro cactus.

Stenshuvud National Park – Where the waves meet Österlen - Skåne

Stenshuvud National Park is best known for its white sandy beach, but the national park has more to offer. Hike to viewpoints or stroll barefoot in the soft sand. Or just enjoy the sea and the light.

Söderåsen National Park – Hiking in a golden ravine – Skåne

During autumn, Söderåsen National Park shows its most beautiful side. Our visit was a truly memorable walk through golden book halls and a moss-covered fire-colored ravine.

Fraser Island - the world's largest sand island - Queensland - Australia

Fraser Island in Queensland is a national park, a world heritage site and the world's largest sand island. Although the island consists of sand, there are also rainforests, freshwater lakes and a rich wildlife including dingos.

Hike Slåttdalsskrevan – Skuleskogen's most dramatic side – Ångermanland

In the middle of the Skuleskogen National Park lies one of Sweden's coolest nature experiences - Slåttdalsskrevan. 200 meters long, 30 meters deep and 7 meters wide. Today a mountain, in the past part of the sea. The High Coast is the result of thousands of years of unique land elevation, weather and wilderness.

Postojna and Skocjan caves – Slovenia's wonderful underground

In Slovenia's karst landscape, there are two of the world's most delicious caves - Postojna Cave and Skocjan Cave. So close to each other, yet so different. I have visited both.

Pinnacles desert - The desert with the mysterious limestone players - Western Australia - Australia

Some deserts hide not only beauty and silence, but also mysteries. Like the limestone columns in the Pinnacles desert in Nambung National Park in Australia, which no one really understands how they were created.

Petrified Forest - The petrified forest in the striped desert - Arizona

Petrified forest is a desert landscape in the United States that is unlike any other. 200 million years ago, tropical forests in Arizona were covered by volcanic lava. The trees eventually became a petrified forest surrounded by a striped desert.

Mount Aspiring National Park - Among the waterfalls of the misty mountains - New Zealand

A place often seen in the Tolkien films is Mount Aspiring in New Zealand - a national park with fairy-tale scenery among foggy and rainy mountains.

Monument Valley – Iconic landscape of the Navajo Nation

Far from cities and civilization lies the iconic Monument Valley. The place that is so special that we have visited it not just once, but twice.

The fairytale landscape at Šunik – Among moss and waterfalls in Slovenia

The ravine at Šunik was undoubtedly the most delicious hike of the year. Among moss, waterfalls and autumn leaves, Slovenia showed itself from its very best side.

The emerald green waters of the Soča Valley – Slovenia

The Soča Valley in Slovenia is not only a valley for those who like kayaking, fishing or hiking - but also an endless source of beautiful views and turquoise rivers.

Vrsic pass – The road across the Slovenian wilderness

In northwestern Slovenia is a national park with forests, valleys, mountain ranges and light blue lakes. A road runs across the national park over the mountain pass Vrsic at 1611 meters. Could it perhaps be one of Europe's top ten most beautiful roads?

Kalbarri National Park - Red River Gorges and Flies of Western Australia - Part 1 - Australia

Kalbarri National Park offers a dramatic river canyon in red sandstone - one of Western Australia's most delicious natural experiences.

Lake Bohinj – Slovenia's turquoise pearl

When Lake Bohinj met me with its mirror-like surface and rust-red mountains, then I understood. There are places where reality surpasses all images.

Vintgar Gorge - Hike in the gorge with the great views - Slovenia

Outside Bled in Slovenia, the Radovna River has burrowed into the mountain and created the Vintgar Gorge. An easily accessible and simple hiking trail is offered here in a gorge with views that sometimes feel like a James Bond movie.

Shark Bay - Coral Coast Marine Wonder - Australia

85 miles north of Perth lies one of the world's marine wonders. Surrounded by deserts, far from large cities and with large meadows of seaweed below the surface. Shark Bay provides unique conditions for everything from sharks, whales and dolphins to dugongs and stromatolites.

Milford Sound – The fjord in New Zealand where it always rains

On New Zealand's South Island is one of the country's most popular and most dramatic sights. Far from cities and civilization lies the 8th wonder of the world Milford Sound - the strait which is actually a fjord.

Yanchep National Park - among caves and black cockatoos - Australia

45 minutes north of Perth in Western Australia is Yanchep National Park, an important wetland area for the area's birds and with several limestone caves with unique wildlife. We have visited the Crystal Cave and hiked around Loch McNess.

Rottnest Island - Quokkas, Bikes and Dazzling Beaches - Australia

Rottnest Island outside Perth has long been on my bucket list. Here are some of the world's finest beaches and "the world's happiest animals" - quokkas.

Hiking in Madeira - Levada das Rabacas - Portugal

At the Boca da Encumeada mountain pass, Levada das Rabacas runs through a lush green jungle. We hiked here and marveled at the views - and the steeps.

Mossman gorge - In the world's oldest rainforest - Australia

We are in Mossman Gorge in the land of the Kuku Yalanji people. For more than 50.000 years they have lived here in northern Queensland, in the world's oldest rainforest.

Hiking in Madeira - Ponta de Sao Lourenco - Portugal

One of the most popular hikes in Madeira goes to the treeless and barren peninsula of Ponta de Sao Lourenco. A really lovely hike for the whole family!

Hike to Pico Ruivo - Madeira's highest peak - Portugal

The hike to Madeira's highest peak, Pico Ruivo, offers breathtakingly beautiful views of the entire island and dramatic weather. We trudged to the top in glorious sunshine, but the weather gods must have wanted something else on the way back.

Grand Canyon - National park in my heart - Arizona - USA

There is a risk that this post might get a little buttery. This post is not only a travel story about the Grand Canyon, but also a small life story about how a national park in Arizona was able to have such a big place in my life.

Levada hike in Madeira – Waterfalls at Rabaçal – Portugal

The first levada hike we did in Madeira was the hike to the waterfalls at Rabacal. A really magical hike, which in parts could almost feel a little scary!

Hiking in the Dolomites - Seiser Alm - Italy

Sunshine, Italy and hiking. The Seiser Alm in the Dolomites is a smorgasbord of all this - and some more. Here you will find magnificent views and nice hiking trails for the whole family.

White dreamscapes in White Sands - New Mexico - USA

A chalky white natural plaster desert. If I had to choose, White Sands National Monument in New Mexico would be one of the wonders of the world.

Volcanic lake in Crater Lakes National Park - Queensland - Australia

A giant volcanic explosion created what are today the lakes of Crater Lakes National Park in Queensland. We went here to hike and (hopefully) see the occasional Australian bush hen.

Adventure around the North Cascades and Mount Baker - Washington - USA

An alpine landscape with deep forests hides just a few hours from Seattle. We visited Mount Baker and North Cascades National Park and found glaciers, waterfalls and lots of snow…

Carlsbad Caverns National Park - Otherworldly views underground - New Mexico - USA

Some of the world's largest limestone caves can be found in the New Mexico desert. Wander down into a fairytale landscape of stalagmites and stalactites - and a few hundred thousand bats.

Fitzroy Island - Paradise Island on the Great Barrier Reef - Queensland - Australia

Great Barrier Reef. Turquoise water. White coral beaches. Lots of fish. Fitzroy Island National Park outside Cairns in Australia is all of this. A real little paradise island.

Bird watching at Mareeba wetlands - Queensland - Australia

Mareeba Wetlands in Queensland is located in the middle of the dry outback, but offers a diversity of exotic birds. We met lots of animals - both on the lake, on land and in the toilet...

Around Berchtesgaden National Park - Bavaria - Germany

In Germany's most south-eastern corner lies a unique national park that offers both fjord landscapes and mountains. Berchtesgaden is a real beauty!

The road to Cape Tribulation in Queensland - Australia

The road to Cape Tribulation in northeastern Australia offers the world's oldest rainforest and pristine beaches. And also some crocodiles and snakes.

Val di Funes – Hiking in the Dolomites - Italy

In the beautiful Val di Funes (Villnöss) in the shadow of the sprawling Odle/Geisler mountains lies the hiking trail Adolf Munkel - one of the absolute most beautiful hikes in the Dolomites.

Driving in Utah & Arizona - Day plans for an 18-day road trip

Thinking of a road trip through the national parks of Utah and Arizona? Join us on an 18-day road trip to some of America's absolute highlights!

South Iceland - Sights from Reykjavik to Vik along the Southern Ring Road

One of Iceland's classic day trips from Reykjavik is to drive the Ring Road to Vik. But what to look for after the road and how long does it take? Here comes my travel guide!

Grossglockner Alpine Road - Drive in Austria on Europe's most beautiful road

Are you planning a road trip in Europe this summer? Then take the opportunity to make a small detour to Austria's highest road - the Grossglockner-Hochalpenstrasse!

Golden circle - the classic day trip from Reykjavik - Iceland

The Golden Circle is a must for all first-time visitors to Iceland. Big waterfalls, geysers and dramatic scenery - this day trip simply has it all within easy reach of Reykjavik!

Undara - Queensland outback adventure - Australia

The dark red termite mounds along our path get bigger and bigger the further from the coast we go. Just when I think we've reached the end of the world, we suddenly pass a house. Someone lives out here. Far from everything. We are heading towards the lava tunnels of Undara National Park, in the northern Queensland outback.

16 day road trip in Washington - USA

Fancy an adventurous road trip with snow-capped volcanoes, killer whales, misty beaches, caves, rainforests and waterfalls? Here comes a proposal for a 16-day (and 300-mile) long road trip in Washington state, starting and stopping in Seattle.

Hiking in the trail of the eruption on Mount St Helens - Washington - USA

Still, almost 40 years after the eruption, you see traces of the disaster. America's deadliest volcanic eruption affected not only the United States, but the entire world. We have walked in the footsteps of the volcanic eruption on Mount St Helens.

New Zealand - South Island's 10 coolest sights and nature

New Zealand's South Island is a perfect mix of the world's most beautiful nature and sights gathered on a single small island. Here are my top ten nature experiences from our road trip around the island - both on land and at sea.

Olympic National Park - Among misty beaches and alpine meadows - Washington - USA

In the Olympic National Park in Washington state in the northwestern United States, three completely different nature experiences come together in one and the same national park.

The road to Hana - Maui's most beautiful road - Hawaii - USA

The road to Hana on Maui's east coast offers a full day of waterfalls, black lava beaches, jungle and countless curves and bridges.

Sunrise on Haleakalā Volcano - Maui - Hawaii - USA

The sunrise from the top of the Haleakalā volcano is one of Maui's highlights.

Yosemite National Park - Among waterfalls and granite - California - USA

Yosemite National Park should be a mandatory stop for anyone going to the West Coast of the United States. Steep granite cliffs, wild waterfalls and giant sequoias - this is where you will find the real California.

Great Ocean Road - A little film - Victoria - Australia

A film from our road trip on one of the world's most beautiful roads - the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

Mount Rainier National Park - Glaciers and summer snow - Washington - USA

Mount Rainier offers beautiful snow-covered summer hikes - on one of the world's most dangerous volcanoes.

Top 5 nature experiences in Arizona - USA

Arizona has a unique landscape and many memorable nature experiences. Here are my five favorites.

Tyresta National Park – Autumn in the primeval forest – Stockholm

Tyresta National Park is easily accessible Swedish primeval forest just south of Stockholm. We go here at least once a year with a coffee thermos and camera in top gear!

Orcas at the San Juan Islands - Washington - USA

Outside of Anacortes, in the straits between the US and Canada, you can meet the queens of the sea - the endangered killer whales.

Photo album from the Great Barrier Reef - Queensland - Australia

The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland has everything for the perfect holiday - great accommodation, fantastic snorkelling and exciting encounters with animals.

Bodie Ghost Town - California - USA

Bodie is one of the world's most well-preserved ghost towns, hidden in the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada.

British Columbia Road Trip Part 3: Banff to Vancouver

Here comes the last part of our road trip through British Columbia's national parks. Join us from Banff to Vancouver.

British Columbia Road Trip Part 2: Banff & Jasper National Park

Now we continue our road trip in British Columbia - here comes part 2! It's time to face Banff and Jasper glaciers, high mountains and turquoise lakes.

British Columbia Road Trip Part 1: Vancouver to Jasper National Park – Canada

Join us on our 3-week road trip in British Columbia, Canada. A true wilderness journey through national parks, steep mountains, wild waterfalls, vineyards and curious bears. Here comes Stage 1 - Vancouver to Valemount.

5 coolest adventures in caves and lava tunnels

Join us on wonderfully dark adventures deep in caves and lava tunnels that the whole family loved!

7 US National Parks for Family Adventures

Become a Junior Ranger, go sledding on sand dunes or go down into one of the world's coolest caves. Here are 7 tips on national parks in the United States that even children appreciate.

Photo album from British Columbia - Canada

No natural experience that we have experienced so far has beaten British Columbia in Canada. It is impossible to say anything other than that everything here is grandiose.

Photo album from Everglades National Park – Florida

Everglades National Park is America's largest subtropical wilderness, with lots of exciting animals and experiences in the swamps.