From hand-cycling through Patagonia to retracing a Viking expedition, the writer and polar traveller Kari Herbert picks the year’s top journeys ‘with heart and soul’
To my mind, a great journey is one that inspires others. This past year has seen some great feats of endurance and adventure, with new ascents pioneered on remote mountains or implausible rock faces. Some have dived into flooded underworlds; others, inspired by history, have retraced the routes of the past; and large areas of challenging territory have been crossed on foot, or by bike or motorised paraglider. Whether famous or not, most have been shared with followers online. Here are a few journeys with soul and heart that have caught my attention this year.