Glass igloos, bread making and berry picking in Sinettä

Our last chance to experience the Aurora Borealis was in Sinettä and Rovaniemi. In Sinettä just a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle, we had the wonderful experience of sleeping under the stars. Well, potentially under the stars. As we lay in our glass igloo and inspected our Aurora app, the forecast suggested a good … More Glass igloos, bread making and berry picking in Sinettä

Sailing on Hurtigruten to Ålesund, Urke and Trondheim

The Finnmarken cruise ship was waiting to whisk us into the fjords at 5pm. Briefing by Magnus and Petter our ship expedition leaders included the recommendation to purchase spikes, in case we slip over on the ice. With great difficulty, we stretched these rubber contraptions onto our boots and I tried them out in Urke, … More Sailing on Hurtigruten to Ålesund, Urke and Trondheim

Crossing the Arctic Circle and meeting the Vikings at Lofotr

On our 4th day, we crossed the Arctic Circle at 7:19:31 am, at daybreak. This time is important because it is 20 seconds later than the time I had guessed we would cross the Circle. For someone who rarely wins anything or gets mathematical questions correct, this was my day to win the crossing prize. … More Crossing the Arctic Circle and meeting the Vikings at Lofotr

Tropical reef adventures on Lady Elliot Island

Our tropical reef adventures began over 30 years ago on a romantic holiday in Vanuatu. Here our combined love of underwater life began, rather daringly for me with my first scuba dive. Snorkelling on Lady Elliot Island was a more sedate but equally wonderful experience. Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay shaped like a … More Tropical reef adventures on Lady Elliot Island

Road trip to Wellington – Day 2 and 3

Australia Day celebrations passed us by as we set off south from Narrabri in the direction of Coonabarabran. Outside this lovely country town is the Siding Springs observatory at the entrance to the Warrumbungle National Park. Siding Springs was chosen as the best place in the Southern Hemisphere to view the southern skies and houses … More Road trip to Wellington – Day 2 and 3