The Pantheon Chapel and Palacio de Sobrellano, which comprise the Ensemble of Sobrellano in the Cantabria town of Comillas in Green Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_spain-24

Finding Palaces in Green Spain

The vehicle pulled up to the impressive Palacio De La Magdalena which overlooks the famous Bay of Santander. This allowed a brief glimpse of the Sardinero Beaches and the lighthouse on the Isle of Mouro. Dilemma; explore a magnificent, modern palace constructed in early years of the last century or get a better view of a bay which makes it …

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Asturias; Natural Paradise in Spain

The guide had remained patient throughout our tour of Asturias, one of the regions of northern Spain which together form Green Spain. It’s unlikely we’d left or arrived anywhere on time, flying drones, taking still photographs, filming video and asking questions at every stop off. As Recommended by National Geographic Even so, when he suggested we needed to pick up …

The Guggenheim Museum on the bank of the Nervion River, in Bilbao unofficial capital city of the autonomous region of Basque Country, Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Spain 006-2

The Guggenheim Museum; Cultural Heart of Bilbao

First impressions of the Guggenheim probably depend on from which direction you arrive . Whether passing by the huge floral puppy or wandering through the legs of the gigantic spider into a thick, artificially induced fog. This is the beauty of the eccentric jumble of architectural shapes and eclectic exhibitions which comprise the cultural heart of Bilbao, the unofficial capital …

Winter at Gođafoss, the waterfall of the gods on the Skjálfandaflót River in Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Iceland 003

Goðafoss, Gods and Legends in Iceland

Iceland is one of those special destinations, at least outside of Reykjavik, which it’s impossible to tire of. Having visited four times since 2008, in a variety of seasons, the impressive landscape of lava fields, steep gorges and waterfalls regularly tempts me back for more. One waterfall Gođafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” is an especially welcome sight, after all …

A fisherman at sunrise in the port of Horta on the island of Faial, in the Azores archipelago, Portugal in the Atlantic Ocean on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_azores-1

Postcards from the Azores

Less than five minutes after picking up the rental car from the airport on Faial, one of the nine islands of the Azores I was already pulling in to take some shots. The subject of this unmissable shot? A couple of cows, in a small field with a row of palm trees, this may not seem the most inspiring image, …

The colourful warehouses which line the River Nidelven, which runs through the city of Trondheim in Norway, Scandinavia on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_trondelag-1-24

Pride and Presentability in Trondheim

Strolling across one of the numerous bridges in Trondheim, a sign caught my eye, actually, a single word on the sign grabbed my attention “Pride”. In a colourful city of multi-hued warehouses, now converted to fashionable apartments, restaurants, bars and coffee shops, it seemed the perfect place to experience a gay pride parade for the first time. Pride in Trondheim I …

Sami performers singing during a nightless night on the Kiilopää fell near Inari, Arctic Finland on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_finland-1-27

Nightless Nights in Finnish Lapland

It was slightly eerie, standing on top of Kilopää, in northern Finland as the hands on my watch slowly registered midnight, the sun still high above the horizon and the blue sky marbled with high fluffy clouds. This is what nightless nights in Finnish Lapland feels like, well inside the Arctic Circle, even several weeks after the summer solstice, the …

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Malta, behind the Façade

Malta is made up of three islands, Malta, Comino and Gozo. Our trip was focused on diving off Gozo but there was enough time for a walk round Mdina on Malta before heading for our ferry to Gozo. The position of the island group in the Mediterranean Sea means that it has long been prized as a strategic asset. From …

Dog sledding in the winter wonderland of Lappeasuando, dog sledding in Swedish Lapland, the far north of Sweden, within the Arctic Circle on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Lapland-1-35

A Dog Sledding Adventure in Swedish Lapland

The remainder of the dog sledding group were huddled around the table, receiving the safety briefing from our guide, Brenda. Already ensconced in their thick, puffy over suits and woolly hats, like a meeting of Michelin people, conspiring to replace sled runners with tyres perhaps. Brenda explained what to expect from our experience, possible issues with the dogs and how …