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Sunset at Kandy Lake, Kandy

The Landscapes of Sri Lanka (II)

Within a mile, the landscapes and views of Sri Lanka change constantly. So does the smell, so does the sound. The waves of mountains, endless oceans and beaches. Buzzing cities of life and chaos.

A new Sri Lanka around every single corner. What’s next?

The sunrise at Ella Rock, the famous mountain around the city of Ella. The strange rock formation at Sigiriya Rock and Pidurangala Rock, located in central Sri Lanka. The roaring city of Kandy, the combination of spiritual life and hard commerce. The silent beaches in the South around Tangalle. The railway system.
Keep on walking, keep on discovering a country of life and beauty – who knows what’s around the next corner. Things might change.


Sunset at Lake Gregory, Nuwara Eliya

The Landscapes of Sri Lanka (I)

The country of Sri Lanka offers a charming combination of a stunning tropical landscape presented by lovely people. A more and more popular destination, but still a silent gem in the south of India.

Sri Lanka. Be ready to be amazed and confused at the same time.

In recent years, Sri Lanka has become more and more popular as a travel destination. After the end of the civil war in 2009, the country can finally be visited without any unnecessary worries. Thankfully, as it offers so much impressions that you’ll easily be overwhelmed. Eight UNESCO World Heritage sites are waiting for you to be discovered, mostly in the cultural north. The ancient city of Anuradhapura. The stunning landscape around Sigiriya Rock and its temple (hint: best viewed from the adjacent Pidurangala Rock). The Old Palace of King Parakramabahu in Polonnaruwa. The impressive Buddha Caves around Dambulla. The list of beautiful cultural heritage is sheer endless.
Continue to visit the colonial history in the South and the Highlands. Visiting British-ish cities like Kandy, Ella, Nuwara Eliya. Discover the buzzing and hectic sound of multi-cultural melting pots. Be prepared to be overwhelmed by the different smells and sounds. Endless beaches around the south coast – villages like Tangalle of Weligama Bay.
And finally: Take your time. Use public transport. Don’t rush, life isn’t fast anyway.


Sunset at Uttakleiv Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (II) - Uttakleiv Beach

Uttakleiv Beach is known as the most beautiful beach of Norway. Here’s why.

Uttakleiv (or Utakleiv) – next to Haukland beach – is the most popular (and therefore most photographed) beach of Lofoten Islands. It is well obvious why: Especially during winter sunsets, people wait for the astonishing light show. Also, it is a well known place to experience the aurora borealis. On less cloudy nights, it is an unforgettable experience.

 

About 10 miles away from Leknes, Vestvågøy, the beaches eastern direction makes it just perfect for sunsets during winter. The contrast between the pink and blue sky, black rocks and the Carribean water is simply breathtaking.

Utakleiv is a great spot in general, as you have to drive past Vik and Haukland Beach to reach this gem of landscape. Also, Mannen Mountain offers a really great hike to discover an amazing areal view.

 


Sunset at Skagsanden Beach, Lofoten

The Beaches of Lofoten, Norway (I)

Travelling the winter beaches of Lofoten, Norway.

Lofoten, an archipelago in the county of Nordland, Norway, is well known among photographers for its incredible landscape. During winter, the contrast between steep mountains, sandy beaches all covered with a gentle cover of snow becomes even more fascinating. And intimidating.

The photographs were taken during sunset at the famous Uttakleiv Beach, Haukland Beach and its adjacent Vik Beach (north of Leknes, Vestvågøy). During winter (February/March), those beaches a perfect for a stunning sunset and sometimes perfect to see the aurora borealis. Skagsanden Beach, right next to Flakstad, offeres the same experience: an endless beach bordered by mountains.

Over the next couple of weeks, I will constantly post the photographs taken during a trip in March, 2016. In case you want to experience this part of the world as well, prepare yourself with the help of Cody Duncan’s amazing 68north.com.


Playa de San Martin, Asturias/Spain

The sunny coast of Asturias, Spain

The tour along the sunny coast of Asturias, Spain – the sendea costera around Llanes with its countless beautiful beaches, bays and rocks.