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These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

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Iceland, Europe's last surfing frontier

The butterflies begin to flutter as we leave the suburbs of Reykjavik. Out on the lava plains of the Reykjanes peninsula they take flight in my stomach as Ingó Olsen of tour operator Arctic Surfers extols the waves detonating on the nearby shore. Surf megabrand Billabong once said of the …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Best ways to see Europe

Four wheels, two wheels, ferry or foot – in this extract from <i>Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Experiences</i>, we show you how to best get the continent covered.<p>By Trabant, Berlin, Germany<p>This boxy, growling, two-stroke auto proliferated in the Eastern bloc pre-1989. When the Wall came down many …

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Ireland gets first Dark Sky Reserve

The US-based organisation designated the area as an International Dark Sky Reserve, the first in Ireland and one of only seven in the world.<p>The new Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve was also awarded “gold tier” status, the first time it has been awarded in the northern hemisphere. It is …

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First time Yosemite National Park

'The mountains are calling, and I must go,' penned John Muir, the poetic naturalist of the Sierra Nevada. You'll feel that same irresistible urge once you find out all that Yosemite, Muir's move beloved national park, offers.<p>If you've never before stood underneath a giant sequoia tree bigger than a …