Sailing Yacht Coco


It’s time to start planning again. Watched a Rick Stein show on Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Northern Greece. It looks good. Great people, food looks spectacular; it smells like an adventure in the making. And it’s heading in the right direction. I feel a plan coming on, a cunning plan indeed. In the interim, there’s been a couple of adventures to keep the soul fed back home; the Land Rover Discovery (the… Read More

Five months ago we had our best idea ever.  Get a Landrover Defender 110 expedition truck built and knock off some classic adventures over the next couple of years.  Phase one is done and 12,300 kilometres (that’s further than driving from New Zealand to Los Angeles) and 10 countries later, we are heading home to plan the next leg.  We’ve left Gabby with the lads at Nene Overland at her birthplace in… Read More

Scotland’s answer to America’s Route 66, the North Coast 500 has been named among the top six road coastal road trips in the world.  Apparently set up by Prince Charles (bless) for those roadie enthusiasts wanting to take in some of the most scenic parts of the country. It truely is a stunning route, running 500 miles from Inverness, to the Kyle of Lochalsh on the West Coast, via the rugged north… Read More

Vatnajökull; the largest ice field in Europe covering an area of 8,400 square km with an average ice thickness of more than 3,000 feet.  If it melted, half the world would have pretty wet feet (according to some dude I met).  Anyway, it’s big, really big.  Pretty awesome to drive 200 kms around the south coast and see non stop glaciers spilling off the ice cap.  I figure these United States Navy… Read More

If I was ever going to make a movie about aliens, hobbits or any elfin like creature, the south central highlands of Iceland would be my set.  It’s totally stunning.  Volcanic, steaming, raw, lava fields.  And contrast in the landscape like I’ve never seen before.  It’s a cinematographer’s dream come true.  Peter Jackson picked the wrong country me thinks.  We spent a couple of days in a hut at Landmannalaugar (try and… Read More

After leaving the stunning central highlands and a swim in an active volcanic crater(!), heading to some of the more remote areas in the northern fjords bought a new landscape with bumpy roads, deserted fishing villages and another amazing night of the northern lights.  As it turns out, seeing the elusive lights is not as straight forward as one might think, it’s always freaking cloudy here!  So we are lucky it would… Read More

There are 3 types of roads in Iceland.  The red roads: these are the main highways.  Sealed.  The yellow roads: theses can be sealed or not, but generally drivable.  Then there are the white roads.  To be clear, I use the term “road” loosely, very loosely.  In true Icelandic style, half of these roads are not even marked on the map.  They are goat tracks at best.  So when my navigator (aka… Read More

Yep, it’s confirmed.  They do actually shoot reindeer in Iceland.  Approx 6,000 total population and they nail around 1300 of them every year (bring on the Blitzen Burger).  I met a guy who had just contributed to this “population control”.  And yes, for the record, I have tried it. The sensitive side of me would suggest to you that I am appalled with this abuse of Santa’s little sleigh pullers.  But I’m… Read More

Who would have thought.  Second night in Iceland and we get treated to the Northern Lights.  What an experience.  They move and wander across the sky like celestial snakes.  We didn’t expect to see them on the Northeast coast so the 1am wandering was worth missing sleep for.

This place is beautiful.  Raw, dramatic, moody landscape.  I can’t imagine how hard life is here.  Especially in the winter!  It was totally worth the 4:30am start to see such an awesome part of the world.  We headed straight to the northern part of the second largest island, Eysturoy.  Through the early morning gloom the most wonderful landscape appeared.  The village of Gjogv was a our first stop on the northeast tip… Read More

We made the boat!  It’s great to be here after all the planning and organisation; plus a fair bit of travel.  One day in, half way to the Faroe Islands, just off the coast of the Shetland Islands.  We can actually get the Landie off when we arrive at the Faroe’s around 5am tomorrow and we’ll have about 6 hours to have a quick look around before we re-board and continue to… Read More

4 days in London, a trip to Maidenhead to inspect and sign over the Land Rover (Gabriella!), shopping forced upon us by the kids (relief medication applied in local pubs), a couple of nice runs around the city – but now it’s time to leave.  London has been experiencing a “heatwave” and we all know that just makes the place smell, especially the tubes…  Perhaps I’m getting old but I think London… Read More

I’m in love with another woman…  Now that is a cool Land Rover!  Two weeks to go until collection date. The list of things to get done seems to be getting longer?  We are all super excited about the trip and can’t wait to get on that plane. We feel a bit like kids on Christmas Eve – oh, don’t they eat reindeer in Iceland? Best we don’t tell the kids they’ll be… Read More

Gabby has been born. Even now I can see that she will be a thing of great beauty.  Clearly she still has some work to be done, but the cosmetic surgeons are onto it.  There’s some fine tuning to be done under the hood, a nip here, a tuck there; some attention to the back end and the diff – but overall the bodywork is well underway. Finishing school will complete the… Read More

It’s easy, a bottle of wine, a snifter of scotch (nectar from the lap of the Gods according to my grandmother), a highlighter and another printout of a map. We love Google, a lot.  Iceland; sorted. What could possibly go wrong? Collect the Defender from Nene Overland in the UK week of August 29, 2016 Depart Hirtshals Denmark 03 September, 2016 (car ferry). Arrive Seydisfjordur Iceland 06 September, 2016. Side trip for a week… Read More

Oh boy, this is exciting.  We needed a wagon that would stand the test of many miles and many many countries! There was only one choice; a Land Rover Defender 110 modified into the hell expedition wagon. We’ve just purchased the base vehicle (photo below) from Nene Overland in the UK and they have about a month of work to do on it to get it ready for The Long Way Round journey…. Read More

We spent a lot of time on this.  We printed out a world map a drew a line on it.  What a plan…  Phase one of the trip will be to arrive in the UK late August 2016, collect the “beast” (more to come on this) and head to Iceland.  We’ll stop in at the Faroe Islands on the way back to Europe then head south through France for a lap around Spain.  From there… Read More