Wailana Kalama

I'm from Hawaii and I’ve been traveling from the ripe old age of 2, which basically spoiled me for the 9-to-5 thing. My journeys have brought me to 38 countries, and I've lived in Saudi Arabia, Japan, Morocco, South Korea, Oregon, Iceland and now Sweden. I moved to Stockholm in the Summer of 2016. When I’m not freelancing, I’m navigating my way through this large and interesting city.

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first official work in travel involved writing a few articles for Matador Network. I was fresh out of college and so thrilled. But my real delve into the industry was working as a travel agent, where I learned loads about the ins and outs of the travel industry--details about which most travelers overlook."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"Overnight on a train through the Uzbekistani desert was a hazy mix of delight and profound sleeplessness"

Featured trips & expertise

A view below Dettifoss waterfall leading to Asbyrgi Canyon (photo by Chris McCarty)
Hiking & Touring in Jokulsargljufur National Park

Just a few hours’ drive from Akureyri, the northeast of Iceland is a mix of curving highlands, dramatic canyons and bubbling mud pits. One of the best locations is Jokulsargljufur National Park, home to three forceful and elegant waterfalls, canyons and craters.

West Iceland Road Trip: Waterfalls & Saga Towns

Often overlooked by visitors traveling the famed Ring Road, West Iceland is packed with photo-worthy natural features and cultural history. Get off the beaten path on your next trip to Iceland and take in the waterfalls, geothermal pools, and cultural lore that make this region special.

Best Coffeeshops in Reykjavik

Reykjavik takes its coffee seriously, with a café on practically every downtown corner. If you're wandering through town looking for a solid cup of joe and a sweet treat to go with it, you won't be disappointed by these recommended favorites.

The 6 Best Festivals In Iceland

From cultural events featuring film and music to Reyvjavik's vibrant pride parade, the people of Iceland know how to throw a party. Read our list below of the country's top 6 annual festivals, and get ready to celebrate on your next trip to Iceland.

Six Great Day-Hikes in the Westfjords

Home to a rugged landscape and trails for every type of hiker, the Westfjords region provides a perfect backdrop for exploring Iceland on foot. Marvel at geysers, have a picnic on the shores of a scenic bay, and take in the mountain peaks as you make your way through one of the country's most beautiful trekking areas.