Inside Iceland

One of the amazing experiences you can have in Iceland is to actually go inside of a volcano. During this excursion, you go 120 meters down into a magna chamber of a volcano that erupted 4,000 years ago. Being in the magna chamber itself is breathtaking and the trip to the volcano is an equaly experience. To go down into the volcano, you first walk about 3km/2 miles across lava fields, an experience in its own right. You then descent into the volcano in an open lift with only 6 spaces similar to the ones used by window cleaners. The trip 120m down to the bottom of the volcano takes about 7-8 minutes.

Inside the volcano, I took this panorama which received over 3,000 views on 360cities.net within the first few weeks. The panorama was taken inside of the volcano and shows the beautiful colours inside the magna chamber and the size of the chamber. You can also see the hole where the lift comes down. If you look closely, you will also be able to see some water coming down, which is there permanently. Inside the cave, it is completely dry, though.

Inside the Volcano

Inside the Volcano

Click on the image below for the interactive version of the panorama so you experience the volcano for yourself:

 

This colourful panorama, which was also taken inside of the magna chamber, shows the colors even more clearly as in a painting and also shows lift coming down.

Inside the Volcano

Inside the Volcano

Do explore the interactive version below to have a closer look at all the colors, the lift and the individuals in the volcano:

 

In this next panorama, you can see the entrance of the volcano and a group of visitors coming up from the depths of the magna chamber. The entrance also provides a beautiful view of the surroundings, including lava fields, some snow and a view of Reykjavik in the distance. The red  ground is also striking.

Entrance to the volcano

Entrance to the volcano

Explore the interactive version for a closer look:



The walk to the volcano itself is also a great experience as you are walking through lava field with out-of-this-worldly views. This panorama was taken along the walk to the volcano across a lava field and nature reserve. The gap between rocks are the tectonic plates between the American and European continent slowly moving away from each other. In addition to this meeting of tectonic plates, you can also see the surrounding hills, the lava fields and the surrounding area. The panorama also shows the path towards the volcano in which you go down.

Tectonic plates on the way to the volcano

Tectonic plates on the way to the volcano

Have a look at the interactive version of this panorama to better explore the area:

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New design, new functionality

New design, new functionality

We, The Wanderers, are pleased to announce that we have redesigned our blog from scratch.  We changed the technology and fine-tuned it to give you the best possible experience to read of  our adventures, browse photos, look around panoramas and  explore gigapans. We’ve added  videos as well, a much improved newsletter, easier viewing of photos on the site, integrated gallery, integrated panoramas that are easier to use, and integrated gigapans. Apart from all the benefits for you, the site is also much easier to maintain and update from our side which means we will be able to add content more frequently than we have been doing over the last few years. Make sure you sign up for the newsletter if you have not already done so to stay up to date about new content.

Reflections of the wanderers in Luzern

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You will have noticed we changed the banner at the top.  This photo is a real photo, without manipulation. Some places are not what they seem, and of those, some make interesting photos. For those of you who were fond of the old header, we have included it below:

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We hope you find the site easy to use. Read the latest news on the homepage, browse specific countries by going to the locations menu, have a look at our photos, interact with our latest panorama photos or dive into our high-definition gigapans.  Be sure to click on images to get a full-page view  and to interact with panoramas and gigapans. Read how on the help page. You can give us feedback in the About section of the page.

Enjoy the new site!

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Brand new site, brand new cow!

Out for a Saturday’s bike ride, you might see something unexpected. We had stopped for a rest where there was a nice view, and cows. Johan happened to notice a small calf. It wasn’t very close, and I got out my camera with a big zoom. It was quite little! I could see it wobbled as it walked. I couldn’t see that well in the LCD screen of the camera. But once home, I was quite surprised. It appears this calf was born within the last couple hours or so.

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Welcome to thewanderers.net

This webpage contains the adventures of Johan and Karl, the worldwide wanderers. We hope you find the site easy to use. Read the latest news below, browse specific countries by going to the locations menu, have a look at our photos, interact with our latest panorama photos or dive into our high-definition gigapans.  Be sure to click on images to get a full-page view  and to interact with panoramas and gigapans. Read how on the help page. You can give us feedback in the About section of the page and if you want to stay up to date about our adventures, sign up for the newsletter on the right hand side of this page. Enjoy!

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The origins of Switzerland

Every year on August 1st, Switzerland celebrates its national day with festivities around the country. This year, we had the opportunity to attend the festivities in Brunnen, a town on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) a beautiful lake in Central Switzerland. The location is also historically signficant as it is near a mountain meadow called Rütli, where the legendary oath of Rütlischwur took place which was the start of the independence of Switzerland and goes back to the 14th century.

The annual fireworks are attended by thousands of people, many viewing the spectacle from the shore and others from boats on the lake. A flotilla of large boats travel from surrounding towns and cities, including Lucerne, to see the fireworks.

The weather on August 1st was beautiful this year. This photo was taken around 20:30 and shows the last rays of sunset hitting the surrounding mountains and showing a beautiful sunset over the lake:

Last rays of sunshine hitting the mountains around Brunnen, Switzerland.

Last rays of sunshine hitting the mountains around Brunnen, Switzerland.

Click on the image to see a larger version of this panorama or have a look at the interactive 360 panorama version of this photo:

Before the fireworks, I took the opportunity to take a photo over the lake at dusk:

Dusk in Brunnen right before the fireworks

Dusk in Brunnen right before the fireworks

Click on the image to see a larger version of this panorama or explore the panorama in more detail on this 360 panorama version of this photo:

And then, finally, there were the fireworks themselves. The picture below does not do it justice, but gives you a flavor of the experience:

1. August Fireworks above Brunnen, Switzerland

1. August Fireworks above Brunnen, Switzerland

You can look at a larger version of this image by clicking on the image or interact with the interactive 360 panorama below:

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Züri Fäscht 2013

The Züri Fäscht festival is a large event that is organized every three years in Zurich, Switzerland and attracts millions of people. There are many activities taking place throughout the city during the festival. The 2013 event took place July 5-7 in sunny and warm weather attracting many festivalgoers. For the first time, we were amongst the visitors of this festival.

The highlight of the festival were the fireworks on Saturday night, which were spectacular and included a helicopter shooting off fireworks from the air during the ground fireworks and parachutists jumping from a plane. Unfortunately, it was hard to find a good spot to see the fireworks as it was extremely crowded.

You can find some photos we took at the festival here, including some of the fireworks shot.

Photo Album Zurich Faescht

Photo Album Zurich Faescht

We also took a panorama that shows the trampolin show “second Life” by the Belgian group Criq’ulation Locale. The show includes jugling, trampoline jumping and acrobatics on a floating pontoon.

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Christmas lightning in Zug, Switzerland

Every year, at Christmas time, Metalli mall in the center of Zug, Switzerland, is elaborately decorated with Christmas lights, special lightning effects, temporary structures and decorations.

These two panorama images show some of the lightning in the mall. Click and drag across the interactive version to move around the images.

Panorama:

Zug Metalli Christmas lighting

Zug Metalli Christmas lighting

Interactive version:

Panorama:

Zug Metalli Christmas lighting

Zug Metalli Christmas lighting

Interactive version:

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King Albert 2 visits Switzerland

On 29th of August 2010, King Albert 2 of Belgium visited the Astrid Chapel in Küssnacht Am Rigi in commemoration of his mother, Queen Astrid. We had the opportunity to attend this occasion and created a Virtual Reality Panorama of the event. A Virtual Reality panorama allows you to look around in all directions, so you can explore the surroundings. In this case, I created a composite panorama that contains three separate events that happened during King Albert 2’s visit: His arrival at the Chapel, the greeting of the invited guests and the attendance of the mass. As such, by looking at the panorama, you can experience the visit as if you were there.

King Albert II visit to the Astrid Chappel in Küssnacht, Switzerland

King Albert II visit to the Astrid Chappel in Küssnacht, Switzerland

You can have a look at theinteractive image below:

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Huge picture of Zug!

Huge picture of Zug!

We took up a new type of photography. It is called “Gigapan” and involves taking very high resolution images. The way we do this is by taking hundreds of images of an area and then stitching those together into one large image. We use a special device/robot that takes all the photos in such a way so they all stitch together nicely.

The most difficult part of the process is setting up the camera to take the gigapan. In order to get a good result, you need to set everything manually: timing, aperture, focus, whitebalance, etc. Depth of Field also becomes a huge concern as you want to make sure everything in the picture is sharp.

Anyway, I don’t want to bore your with the technical details, but I thought you might enjoy one of our Gigapans. We took this one a few weeks ago on basically a “perfect day” in Zug. It was sunny and very clear and we went up the little mountain next to Zug, called Zugerberg to get a good view of the city of Zug. In this view, you see Zugerlake, Zug, Cham, Baar, Steinhausen and the many surrounding villages around Zug.

You can zoom in and out of the gigapan and look at many details within the photo. You can also click on some of the “snapshots” underneath if you want to go directly to one of the selected details within the photo. Click here ot on the photo to open up the gigapan in a new window. Enjoy exploring Zug!

Giga_ZugFromBlasenberg

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Zugerberg – our best immersive photo yet!

Next to Zug is a small mountain called Zugerberg (“Zugermountain”). A few weeks ago, we managed to visit it at exactly the right time when the sun was setting over the nearby mountains. Here are some photos and a 360 immersive panorama.

Click on any of the photos to see a larger version:

You can look around this 360 panorama by clicking on the image below and using your mouse to look around:

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