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Veganuary

…..or Veganúar as we call it in Iceland is a campaign to promote veganism by encouraging people to try it out for the month of January.

Why go vegan?

A plant based diet is good for your health.

It’s good for the planet.

It’s good for the animals.

What more could convince you? Check out more information and recipes here at the veganúar website .

Perfecting Your Hot Chocolate

This is something we have been working on for years!

So we are letting you in on the secret and are now sharing our best tips with you for the best hot chocolate moments.

  1. Always simmer your milk, never boil, as it burns the flavours.
  2. Whisk gently while simmering to get a nice foam.
  3. Share it with your favourite people.
  4. Drink it outside or by a fire (or both).
  5. Top it off with cream and a dusting of powder.

Hot Chocolate and the Northern Lights

Hot Chocolate is the perfect companion for watching northern lights. Northern lights are caused by solar storms colliding with the atmosphere.

They can occur at any time, but we can only see them:

-at high latitudes

-when it’s dark

-when the sky’s are clear.

This is why we see them in Iceland in the winter and watching them is associated with being very cold. This is why many people take a flask of their favourite cocoa with them to keep them warm while viewing this beautiful phenomenon.

A very quick history of hot chocolate.

As far back as 500BC Mayans where drinking cocoa with corn meal and chilli. Around the 1400s Aztecs believed that cocoa drinks were powerful and was given to fuel armies. In the 1500s Spanish conquerers discovered the cocoa drink and took it to Europe where chilli was swapped for sugar to match the European taste. In the 1700s hot chocolate spread across Europe and the chocolatiers and chocolate houses became the latest trend. In the 1800s solid chocolate was invented, but the hot drink was still popular and being used as an energy drink to cure tiredness or hangovers. In the 1900s instant hot chocolate was created making the drink more globally accessible at any time. Today hot chocolate is embracing all its heritage and enjoyed globally in a range of ways and places for health & comfort. 

Check out this epic travel inspiration on Netflix!

There’s nothing I love more than sitting down after a hard day adventuring than watching other people’s adventuring.  Here are the last six I enjoyed *cough* binged…..

  • Jack Whitehall: Travels with my father- A travel documentary and really funny show highlighting different generations’ travel styles.
  • Dark Tourism- A documentary on macabre travel attractions and destinations. I found it fascinating and weird.
  • Expedition Happiness- A couple and their dog travel across North America in a converted school bus in search of adventure and happiness on the road.
  • Wild-  A film based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir ‘Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail’ about a woman solo hiking. This film is beautiful and has a great soundtrack.
  • Planet Earth 1 & 2- Attenborough really speaks from himself. This is a true wonder.
  • National Park Adventures- An adventure journey through USA National Parks. Featuring the incredible Rachel Pohl.