Franconia Ridge, connecting three peaks (Little Haystack, Mount Lincoln, and Mount Lafayette), is a beautiful and exposed ridge above the treeline near Franconia, NH. The hike offers a 360-degree panorama view over the White Mountains, with the ability to see the Presidential Range (incl. Mount Washington). In winter, temperatures can be extremely low, and due to the exposure of the ridgeline, there is potential for significant windchill. All in all, one of the best hikes in the US so far.
Pendling is one of the most iconic mountains of my hometown Kufstein since it is towering right over the centre of the town. The views from the top, which are depcited in the photo, offer a glimpse as far as to the Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.
The Kaisergebirge (literally Emperor Mountains) are a mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps and located in the Austrian state of Tyrol. The range is divided into two subranges: the Zahmer Kaiser to the north and the Wilder Kaiser to the south. The latter is higher and rugged, whilst the former is lower and has cultivated mountain pastures. The mountains comprising the Zahmer Kaiser have been a big part of my childhood where I spent many weekend days hiking with family.
Mount Major is a small hill, which most people in Austria would clearly not call a mountain. It is located in New Hampshire at the south west end of Lake Winnipesaukee. The view from the top in autumn was gorgeous and the lake had this very distinct dark blue colour which I have never seen anywhere before.
This photo was taken in Willowdale State Forest in the town of Ipswich, Massachusetts during a trail running race. The race started in the dark which had the pleasant side effect of providing all participants with this magical sunrise in the forest.
Mount Tripyramid is located in the White Mountains which are a mountain range in New Hampshire and Maine approximately a two-hour drive north of Boston. Particularly during autumn the colours of the trees in the north are absolutely stunning and it is possible to go on hour long hikes without meeting a single person.
The coast of Maine, with its beautiful little islands and lighthouses is a great place for hiking, enjoying the sun and being able to have some Scandinavia in the US. Monhegan island is particularly beautiful and can be reached by ferry from Port Clyde. The island is car-free and has a population of about 60 people. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the nature.
Rallarvegen is an old maintenance road which was used for the construction of the Bergen-Oslo railway. Today it is mainly a recreational road for cyclists and hikers.
The Nærøyfjord is a fjord in Aurland municipality in western Norway. It is a side arm of the Sogne Fjord, the second largest fjord in the world. The foto above was taken from Bakkanosi, which is a mountain 1,300 metres above sea level, just right above the village Bakka.
The city of Bergen is really a gem when it comes to hiking, running and spending time outdoors. Within 30 minutes of the city can find absolute solitude and some of the most breathtaking views of mountain and fjord landscape. Even after many years you will still find new corners and trails to explore.
Lake Saimaa is Finlands largest lake located close to the Russian border. It is a fantastic place to enjoy summer if the mosquitos and weather don’t get in your way.
Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California is a desert park with a very unique landscape and vegetation. It is very popular for bouldering and hiking.
Bjørndalstindane is a mountain near Rosendal on the west coast of Norway. It is located near the entrance of the Hardangerfjord. It is the starting point for Bjørndalstraversen a classic alpine route traversing along a beautiful ridge towards Juklavasstinden. It offers breathtaking views of both the Hardangerfjord and Folgefonna National Park, a glacier located to the south of the mountain.
The Hardangerfjord is located just a bit south of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. It offers plenty of hiking opportunities and particularly around Rosendal the mountains are quite impressive.
The Hochkönig (literally translated high king) is located in the Austrian alps near the city of Salzburg. The hike takes you through alpine terrain with beautiful views over the surrounding mountains.
Wildalpen is a tiny mountain village in the federal state of Styria (Austria). It is located in the middle of the Gesäuse National Park and is surrounded by mountains and forests. The village is a popular destination for rafting and kayaking on the Salza river. It is also a fantastic place for trail running and hiking.
The Sognefjord is the second largest fjord in the world. It stretches over 200 km into the Norwegian inland. That means there is plenty of hiking opportunities with absolute stunning views onto the fjord and the nearby mountain ranges.
Sotra is an island close to the city of Bergen in western Norway. Its cliffs and ruggedness together with the facing of the North Atlantic makes it an amazing day-trip destination. The island offers quite a different feel of Norway compared to the fjords and mountains of the mainland.
Trolltunga is probably the most famous in the list here. Beautifully located in western Norway, it is a relatively long hike that takes you to a rock formation that looks like a tongue. Important fact: The body of water below is a lake, not a fjord.
Senja is an island on the west coast of Norway in the northern region of Troms. I spent a week there in July 2020 and it was absolutely marvellous. The mountains there are crashing 1,000 metres straight into the sea. The foto above was taken on the way up to Breitind and includes pictures of Segla and Hesten on the right.
Fuerteventura, the island of strong winds, located in the Atlantic off the coast of Africa. A perfect place for running and surfing in the winter months.