Hiking & Packrafting Adventures

Packrafting in Portugal

Revently, I went to the Algarve in Portugal for sightseeing and packrafting and here are a few impressions from this trip.

This tidal mill is one of the few things that we saw on our recent trip to Algarve, Portugal.

tidal mill in Algarve Portugal

Video - Day Trip from Alta to Hammerfest by bus

On our trip to Norway we decided to go for a day trip from Alta to Hammerfest. We bought the tickets from North Adventure. The bus just left from the front of their office and the whole bus trip took around 3 hours including a 1 hour break where we had to switch the buses. Here is our video from this trip.

From Alta to Hammerfest by bus

Posted by HikeVentures on Friday, 27 January 2017

Garmin Fenix 5X or Suunto Spartan Sport - Differences, Features and why to upgrade

Currently, there are two interesting GPS watches on the market which I would find quite useful for hiking, backpacking or mountaineering - the Suunto Spartan Sport and the Garmin Fenix 5X.

Both watches are currently the latest models from both manufacturers and their built in GPS feature, color display and battery life make them an attractive alternative compared to a smartphone with a GPS app - at least if you are frequently tracking your GPS or if you plan to go on remote backcountry trips.

In the past I have always used my Suunto Traverse to log my GPS data (see picture below on a trip in Finnish Lapland).

However, there are certain features on the new watches which I found more appealing than on the Suunto Traverse - and in particular I would prefer to have the Garmin Fenix 5X over the Suunto Spartan.

Why? Simply beacause both watches offer similar features with the Fenix 5X offering additionaly the possibility to upload 2GB of topo maps.

Below I have summarized the main characteristics of both watches which were important to me. Some links in this blog post contain affiliate links.

Suunto Spartan or Garmin Fenix 5 differences features

Norwegian Souvenir - Brusletto Vassfaret bushcraft knife - Preview

This is Konstantin from HikeVentures.com. Last week we went to Norway and we got a couple of souvenirs for ourselves, like this scarf or like this bush-craft knife.