The song that I was singing on my hikes to the Teide volcano 🎶
Yup, I am flying to the magical Island again. This marvelous place got me like really really bad. Since my last years trip I’m totally hooked about Tenerife and it’s magical spots. And I also feel really connected to all that is there. I definitely gotta go back.
BUT I want to see new places, not the ones I explored last year because I want adventures not routine. Only exception: my hippie family on the beach in the south! I’ll be there for some days too, for sure.
This time I’m going to travel ‘only’ for 3 weeks because I got to return to my university classes and to work a bit to save money for the next adventures. Last year I did 3 months but I missed my classes and I had to start the first year from the beginning. It’s not like university is such a big deal for me, I’m not really doing it for the degree but for myself … however when adventure is calling, I must go!
This time I’ve decided to hike the green, wet northern part of Tenerife — enchanting Laurisilva forests, endless hikes through forests and coastlines with view over Teide volcano, the dry south and many more spots which are waiting to be hiked.
You gotta watch this to see what a Laurisilva forest is and to get an idea of the place where I’m going to hike:
And I’m flying ALONE, yeah, I know I spent almost 3 months camping on the beaches of Tenerife last year BUT this time I’ll be in the forests, foggy, dark forests. I am afraid but that’s not going to stop me! You might think I’m crazy, I think it myself too! 😂
“You enter the forest
at the darkest point,
where there is no path.
Where there is a way or path,
it is someone else’s path.
You are not on your own path.
If you follow someone else’s way,
you are not going to realize
― Joseph Campbell
But honestly there is a special kick this idea gives me, to be on my own, to push my limits, to explore, to walk as far as my feet take me and to see what I’m capable of.
Last years adventure already expanded my consciousness, gave me power and I (re)discovered my adventurous part. I went camping in the forests of Transylvania with my parents and my best friend when I was a small girl, so I always had this camping love and connection to nature. But doing this alone is another level of exploring the world outside as well as the inner world of my being.
It really is about going out of your comfort zone and do things that are new/scare you. As we overcome our fears we gain power! And as we follow our bliss the most beautiful things happen. This I definitely learned on my last trip to Tenerife!
I’ll be hiking in Tenerife for 12 days – alone and after a good friend from Switzerland is joining me and we take the ferry to the smallest of the Canary Islands – El Hierro. It’s a paradise there. 10.000 inhabitants and almost no tourists.
The island is designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve , with 60% of the territory protected.
El Hierro is the first island in the world which is self-sufficient for electrical energy! How awesome. It looks like paradise and I’m so excited to explore this small island with my friend. Solo travel is awesome but some crazy girls adventure time is definitely rad too.
Watch this cool aerial video from El Hierro:
Another thing I really have to do is to hike to the crater of Teide volcano the see the sunrise from above which looks like this:
Teide is the third highest volcano in the world and the highest point in the Atlantic Ocean.
The shadow of Teide is the largest shadow in the world projected onto the sea!
It is designated as a “Starlight Destination” – Isaac Newton suggested that the telescopes were installed on the highest mountain peaks. That’s so cool! Also the largest solar observatory is located in the area at an altitude of 2,390 m.
From Teide, it is possible to see 83 of the 88 constellations that the starry sky presents us.
I can’t wait to get lost in the starry night sky and it’s constellations from there! Astrophotography is all I can think about — and this with my new Sony A7II, wooopwooop. 🌌
I’ve been a couple times in the Teide Nationalpark last year, but I had to cancel my stay at the Refuge because the roads were closed due to snow. So I didn’t manage to hike to the very top because you need a special permission to do so. Therefore this time I have to take the chance to hike all the way up and spend a night at 3,260m before hiking to the crater to admire the sunrise.
Writing about those things right now make my heart go CRAZY, you know what I mean? Super duper excited, oh boy.
I still have some time until the beginning of April but I’m already planning my hiking routes, collecting ideas for spots to shoot and most important: where to sleep and how to survive the nights in the forest. 😂
Some of the 1000 tabs I have open right now:
Sony a7S Astrophotography Review (Astrophotography lovers: you NEED to check LONELYSPECKS Blog!)
… and so on 😂
Greetings to all adventurers out there.
PS: Let me know if you’re in Tenerife at that time and would like to do a hiking/photo session with me. ✌🏼