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Sweden Day 2 – Ice Breakers, Survival Suits and Church …

Sweden Day 2 – Ice Breakers, Survival Suits and Church Towns

After travelling today was our first real day in Sweden was filled with excitement, not knowing how cold it was going to be and with the prospect of sailing out into a frozen sea. After breakfast (nothing to write home about, just your typical European mix of fruit, meat, cheese, yogurt and cooked eggs) we layered up and headed out on the bus. After a short drive to Piteå we glimpsed the first site of the Piteålven River which is… View Post

Sweden Day 1 – London to Luleå

Sweden Day 1 – London to Luleå

Forward apology for lack of pictures on this post – I must get better at documenting the journey and not just the destination! Most people would consider it a little crazy odd to opt to go on holiday with their in laws but when my Mother in Law suggested a trip to Swedish Lapland for her birthday I found myself agreeing and booking pretty quickly. As a group of 6 (joined by some family friends) I didn’t feel too daunted… View Post

Sweden 2017!

Sweden 2017!

So we are back from our week long trip to Swedish Lapland and it was amazing! As someone who has never been anywhere with any amount of snow before it was a little overwhelming being near so much of the fluffy white stuff!! We were treated not only to the snow but also the NORTHERN LIGHTS!!! Not on just 1 day but 4 days!!! There aren’t really any words to explain how thankful I was to actually see them and… View Post

New domain!

New domain!

So I finally tool the plunge and decided to upgrade to a custom domain name! Not a huge deal I know as they are pretty cheap to come by but hey ho thenonbackpacker.com it is!!! 

Wishing your life away 9-5 – sort of not …

Wishing your life away 9-5 – sort of not a resolution

After rounding up 2016 I began to think forwards to this year (as everyone on the internet does) and found myself pondering over some finer points – here is my sort of not resolution for 2017! I quite often find myself in a horrible cycle of spending my weeks wishing they would hurry up so that the weekend could come and we could do something fun. In reality, the weekends aren’t always fun and your life is predominantly made up… View Post

2016 Review and looking forward

2016 Review and looking forward

2016 has been a funny year, filled with ups and downs – mainly ups might I add. It also was the year I started to try and get to grips with Instagram. Anyway, I saw a hashtag for #2016bestnine i.e. pictures of your top 9 things of the year. As it does tie in so well with this blog I thought I would share here too. The pictures aren’t in any kind of order. 2016 Top 9: River Cottage Experience… View Post

Berlin – Sights of the City

Berlin – Sights of the City

For our short weekend in Berlin I decided to split the posts between Christmas Markets and sights of the city. So here is post number 2 with the more cultural elements of our trip (i.e. ones that didn’t involve Gluhwein!) Day 1 I’m not one for early mornings at all and especially not early morning flights so my preference is to fly the night before, arrive late and have a lie in as when you do get up you’re already… View Post

Berlin – Christmas Markets

Berlin – Christmas Markets

With everything that happened in Berlin recently I did for a second think about holding off on posting about our weekend there at the beginning of December. But, then in the next breath I thought it was such a great city and we enjoyed our time there so much it would be a shame. So here we go!! We went primarily to visit the Christmas markets but as ever there were tons of other places we wanted to go as… View Post

Vik and those famous black sand beaches

Vik and those famous black sand beaches

Having spent a couple of awesome days in Reykjavik, the Golden Circle and Southern Iceland our last day in Iceland was mainly made up of driving from Vik back to the airport, which wasn’t really a hardship as the scenery was awesome which made it even more enjoyable. Vik has a small church on a hill above the town so we took a quick drive up to have a closer look. The sun was really low in the sky and the… View Post

Beyond the Golden Circle – highlights of South Iceland

Beyond the Golden Circle – highlights of South Iceland

We were up pretty early for us to take a quick last walk around the Geysir’s without the crowds. Being a free national site it’s open 24 hours day, there was only one other couple there taking pictures of Stokur. We wandered around and enjoyed the peacefulness, even managing to get a pretty good Geysir selfie! Our main stop for the morning was the Secret Lagoon. You may have noticed that so far we haven’t hit up the famous Blue… View Post

Independent Golden Circle Tour

Independent Golden Circle Tour

Day 2 in Iceland was my 25th birthday! Luckily we didn’t have sore heads after the previous evening beer drinking so were up and ready to go. A little apprehensive as I had yet to really master driving a manual on the wrong side of the car but I was ready to give it a go! The car was great and I fell in love with the heated seats! Plus the heated windscreen made de-icing much easier. Anyway, we set… View Post

24 hours in Reykjavik, Iceland

24 hours in Reykjavik, Iceland

Our trip to Iceland began with a early morning flight at 6:30am from London to Reykjavik. The flight takes around 3 hours which was enough time for a small nap and some reading. Our first views of this little island were just after 8am (local time) and it looked intriguing and unknown and I felt very excited! The trip was a birthday present to myself, as who doesn’t love being in a new place for your birthday! I was a… View Post

Vancouver Day 2 & 3

Vancouver Day 2 & 3

Day 2 Our second full day in Vancouver started with french toast and strawberries which was well needed as we had a day of cycling ahead of us! One of the things I wanted to do the most when visiting Vancouver was cycle the seawall around Stanley park. Not only is Stanley park one of the most iconic things to do you can’t really beat a seawall especially when it has a wonderful cycle path.

Radio silent

Radio silent

Been a bit quiet round here again. Probably due to my lack of get up and go in the winter months but I hope to be up to date with all our adventures by the end of the year!! Still got an awesome trip to Berlin coming up in 12 days time!!!!! 

Vancouver – Day 1

Vancouver – Day 1

Our time was up in two of the most stunning national parks we had ever been to. It was time to pack up and head back to the bright lights and city life of Vancouver. It was a mission of the day to drive from Jasper to Vancouver and I believe it took about 10 hours in the end. It was a tiring day filled with signing along to songs, beautiful roads and Tim Horton’s iced coffee. We stayed on… View Post

Maligne Lake, Canyon and Bears!

Maligne Lake, Canyon and Bears!

If you go down to the woods today, You’re sure of a big surprise If you go down to the woods today, You’d better go in disguise For ev’ry bear that ever there was will gather there for certain because Today’s the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic Yes. You guessed it, today was the day that the bears came out to play!!! Well, to be honest we did spot a bear by the side of the highway but barely caught… View Post

Jasper Tramway, Sunwapta & Athabasca falls

Jasper Tramway, Sunwapta & Athabasca falls

Today was one of my favourite days of the trip as it involved some trips to some awesome sights, a awe inspiring view from the top of a mountain and some waterfalls! The pictures do the most justice compared to my ramblings!! We had previously checked out the Banff Gondola so were keen to get up to the top of Whistler Mountain via the Jasper Tramway. What is the difference between a gondola and a tramway I hear you say….well, from what I… View Post

Icefields and Helicopters

Icefields and Helicopters

Our time in Banff National Park was over but only because we were heading back up the road to Jasper National Park for 4 days before heading back to Vancouver. We had an early start as had some ground to cover before our anniversary treat of a helicopter ride!! Part of the reason for the early start was because I really wanted to take a trip to Peyto Lake. I knew it would be brief and we wouldn’t be able… View Post

Iceland – 4 wonderful days

Iceland – 4 wonderful days

We arrived back from a whirlwind 4 days in Iceland travelling around some of the south of the island. I will get to writing about what an awesome time we had (hopefully once I’ve finished the Canada coverage but I might dip in and out). For the meantime here is a few pictures as a taster.