National Geographic Traveller (UK) March 2021

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Reza Pakravan I wanted to cycle from Norway to Cape Town in 100 days — I made it in 102. But that trip ignited my dream career and those two days don’t matter anymore. That perfection we humans seek? It might not be attainable. MEET THE ADVENTURER P.38 Connor McGovern With its Tolkienesque landscapes, the Isle of Skye quickly captures the imagination — especially after a year spent indoors. But dig a little deeper on this Scottish island, and a rich history of myths and legends will inspire anew. SCOTLAND P.76 Ben Lerwill For a window-gazer like me, spending two days on a slow train is an appealing prospect in most places. But when you factor in the Canadian Rockies, plus the possibility of bear and elk sightings? Frankly, I had to be prised from…

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editor’s letter

If the dark winter months weren’t arduous enough, the introduction of another lockdown — complete with accompanying travel restrictions — is further reason to look to bright new horizons and seek moments of sunny escapism. And where better to imagine yourself than in the vast landscapes of Namibia? Our cover story this issue takes in the country’s otherworldly sand dunes, pristine coastline, desert wildlife and luxury lodges, all of which combine to offer travellers an unmatched wilderness experience. Picture-perfect it may be, but this isn’t a place to simply sit back and enjoy the view. Africa’s new adventure capital offers up a huge range of activities to li­ your spirits and quicken the pulse, from sandboarding, safari and stargazing to kayaking, hiking and e-biking. We’re championing Namibia as a destination with all the…

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don daniel, mendoza, argentina

Gauchos have been roaming the plains of Argentina since the 18th century, earning their trade by running estancias, herding cattle, sheep and horses and living off the land. Two hours outside the city of Mendoza, in the shadows of the Andes, I met Daniel at his ranch. Dressed in the classic brimmed hat and wide-legged trousers, he saddled up a horse and instructed me to follow him. We clip-clopped through streams, along ridges and through fields before rounding up his 60 wild horses. Winding down afterwards was done in true Argentine style: with local wine, a traditional asado barbecue and the screech of condors overhead. @jonjorooney…

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lake khövsgöl, mongolia

Whilst travelling for a photo feature in neighbouring Siberia, I crossed the border to admire Mongolia’s ‘Dark Blue Pearl’, as it’s nicknamed. When the lake is frozen, locals opt to sled across the surface instead of taking the unpaved mountain tracks around it. I was being guided by the pair in the image for the whole trip, and as they approached the vast expanse of black ice, I suddenly saw the shot I wanted to get. Working gloveless in temperatures as low as-25C, I used a small drone to capture the lake’s awe-inspiring pattern from above. But there’s danger in the lake’s wintry beauty: climate change means the surface ice melts faster than it used to, and the lake can be unstable. The occasional crack of the ice melting was…

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adventure on your doorstep

It’s no coincidence TV franchise I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! chose North Wales to host last year’s series, when travel restrictions forced producers to swap the Australian jungle for Gwrych Castle, above the village of Abergele. Over the past decade, the region has positioned itself as the home of high-octane activities in some of Britain’s most dramatic landscapes. This corner of the country has some showstopping spots for adventure, from Snowdonia’s 3,560ft heights to the 500ft depths of repurposed mines, plus inland lakes, deep valleys and miles of rugged coast. Crowning the region, SNOWDONIA NATIONAL PARK celebrates its 70th birthday in 2021 with a bumper calendar of challenging sporting events. ADVENTURE PARC SNOWDONIA continues to innovate since its transformation from an abandoned aluminium works in 2015. New for…

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green ambition

Lahti The European Green Capital 2021, 60 miles north of Helsinki, has been busy carving out an environmentally conscious new identity. Aiming to become Finland’s first carbonneutral city by 2025 (with the whole country doing the same by 2035), Lahti’s green initiatives range from heating systems powered by recycled fuel to transforming the harbourside area from old industrial port to a thriving hub of restaurants and cafes — perfect for soaking up the 24hour summer sunshine. Oslo Pledging to cut carbon emissions by 95% by 2030, the Norwegian capital is aiming high with its green goals — hardly surprising in a country already supplied almost entirely by renewable energy. For now, at least, all eyes are on one of its newest city developments: the ecofriendly neighbourhood of Vulkan, where travellers can check…