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Reunion in the Indian Ocean: Hell-Bourg round trip

A small part of France lies out in the middle of the Indian Ocean with Africa and the South Pole as neighbors. Reunion is to that extent something in itself.
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Reunion in the Indian Ocean: Hell-Bourg round trip is written by Jacob Gowland Jørgensen

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Climate test rabbit

There is a small island where nature gives it gas. As a test rabbit for the climate, Reunion is exposed in The Indian Ocean for almost everything nature can come up with of violent and fascinating elements.

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We look suspiciously at the thermometer in the car on the way up to the volcano Piton de la Fournaise, because even though the trip up there is amazingly beautiful with viewpoints everywhere, we may have underestimated nature. 14ºC, 12ºC and finally 8ºC on a tropical island at just 2,5 kilometers altitude.

We have to hike for three to four hours to get to one of the world's most active volcanoes and have sensible hiking gear on, but after an hour a heavy downpour sets in and we glide around on the lava rocks.

It is not enough, and we must return; up the crater and into the car with clattering teeth. We roll down from the village of Hell-Bourg towards the capital, where the temperature hits 27ºC a few hours later, and we get the heat again.

And so it is on the island, where there is always a place where the sun shines and there is always a place where it falls down - even though the island is actually smaller than Funen. Welcome to Reunion, a small piece France i The Indian Ocean.

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About the travel writer

Jacob Jørgensen, editor

Jacob is a cheerful travel nerd who has traveled in almost 100 countries from Rwanda and Romania to Samoa and Samsø. Jacob is a member of De Berejstes Klub, where he has been a board member for five years, and he has extensive experience with the travel world as a lecturer, magazine editor, consultant, author and photographer. And of course most important of all: As a traveler. Jacob enjoys traveling traditionally such as car holidays to Norway, cruises in the Caribbean and city breaks in Vilnius, and more out-of-the-box trips such as solo trips to the highlands of Ethiopia, road trips to unknown national parks in Argentina and friends trips to Iran.

Jacob is a country expert in Argentina, where he has been 10 times so far. He has spent almost a year in total traveling through the many diverse provinces, from the penguin land in the south to deserts, mountains and waterfalls in the north, and has also lived in Buenos Aires for a few months. In addition, he has special travel knowledge of such diverse places as East Africa, Malta and the countries around Argentina.

In addition to traveling, Jacob is an honorable badminton player, Malbec fan and always fresh on a board game. Jacob has also had a career in the communications industry for a number of years, most recently with the title of Communication Lead in one of Denmark's largest companies, and has for a number of years also worked with the Danish and international meeting industry as a consultant, among others. for VisitDenmark and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Jacob is currently also an external lecturer at CBS.