Husky driving has become a popular winter recreation and sport in northern Finland. There are two main qualities that are expected of sled dogs: endurance and speed. The dogs are trained for different purposes. Racing sled dogs will travel up to an average 20 mph (32 km/h) over distances up to 25 mi (40 km). That`s what I call real fun on snow!
Soon time to do it again. Last Christmas (2010) I jumped on a sledge and experienced the high speed and exhilaration of a husky drive in Finland`s wilderness. I was highly inspired by the novel The Call of the Wild, written by the American author Jack London. Dog sledging is really something for they who like to have fun on snow.
Moss, Mosseskogen, in Norway, has a fairytale landscape with a rich wildlife. And like many other places in Norway, people live in harmony with the nature. Sometimes wild animals emerge from the dense forest and search for food in my neighborhood. The most beautiful of them all are the white tailed roe deer, made legendary by Walt Disney and popularly called Bambi.
Before I went to Africa for the first time, I was really convinced that lions, crocodiles, lepards and cheetas were the most danger animals for humans. Of course I feared small animals like snakes and scorpions, and the biggest animal elephant. After I noticed stats about which animals who were killing most people, I had to reconsider my understanding: it was the hippopotamus, also populary called Hippo!
Experts are agreed: the observations and photo show a wolf, and he is walking around in the Norwegian capital Oslo. This is the big news now in Norway. People discuss what they are going to do with the wolf. Who takes the Wolf's point of view? The major in the county wants to remove the wolf, but other wants to keep in the city.
Super swarms is a documentary showing how animals swarms destroy for humans. They create a super-organism of incredible power. They attack our food, supplies, immobilise our transport systems, undermine our cities and even attack our energy supplies. This is a world of secret communication where individuals unite as one. It could be a big threat for us, but can we also find something useful by getting insight in they way the swarms behave?
Svalbard is Norways Arctic archipelago, described by National Geographic as the Ice Paradise. It become famous recently after the discovery of a dinosaur. In the coming magazine April 2009 of National Geographic you can read about the magazine`s journey under the midnight sun and admire Svalbard's nature in its purest form.
A herd of thirsty buffalo approach the waterhole. Suddenly some lions attack the buffalo, and few seconds later a crocodile emerge from the waterhole. Then the battle started for real! This amazing incident was filmed in 2004 in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Watch the video here!
New Census Shows Massive Gorilla Population in Northern Republic of Congo! This is great news for gorillasnew figures double all previous estimates. The worlds population of critically endangered western lowland gorillas received a huge boost today when the Wildlife Conservation Society released a census showing massive numbers of these secretive great apes alive and well in the Republic of Congo.
The green belt is a result of an established cooperation between Finland and Russia in order to preserve nature reserves. Many parts of this green belt consist of unspoilt natural forests and marshes, where bears, wolves, wild forest reindeer and other rare animals still roam undisturbed.
In the Destination of Excellence in Finland (DEEF) competition, Wild Taiga has been selected as Finland`s emerging tourist destination 2008, highlighting the local culture and way of life. In this region there are great opportunities for observation of bears, uncommon species of birds, rare mammals like flying squirrel or carnivores like wolverines.
The tour operator Coex Amazon, Lima, Peru, offers trekking in the Maranon valley to the lost but very idyllic mountain town of Chachapoyas. Here you can admire one of Peru`s biggest ancient wonders, the 2000 year old town fortress of Kuelap. On the way you will get in touch with Indians living in their traditional way. This tour is for genuine adventurers who want to experience something special. Are you ready for the off beaten tracks in Peru?
The City of Cuzco, Machu Picchu, Manu National Park, the Sacred City of Caral, the Great Inka Trail, the Nasca Lines and many other sites are inscribed on the UNESCO`s World Heritage List. Peru has a remarkably rich cultural heritage, ancient monuments, huge mysteries, extensive wild life, stunning landscapes from high mountains, deep valleys, dense jungles, beautiful lakes to coastal desert, and deep rooted colonial and indigenous traditions.
The dramatic ascent the Italian Franco Mount Franco D'Astassi did was incredible. He knew that Mount Kenya Mt. Kenya is the second highest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, but that didnt stop him. The mountain is located in the central highlands a couple of hundred kilometres north of the equator. It is here where the Kikuyu god ngai resides. The name of the country Kenya has been known to have been derived from Mount Kenya which was formerly known as Mount Kirinyaga.