Reisadalen and a stormy crossing into Finland

The thermometer showed -16°C when we left the hotel in Kautokeino at 10 in the morning. The temperature we were actually feeling was -23°C. It was a crisp, clear morning, everything sparkled in the sunlight. Every twig, every blade of grass, every needle on every pine tree was frozen and covered with a thick layer … Continue reading Reisadalen and a stormy crossing into Finland

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Out in the Woods – Norge på Langs

“Norge på langs”, or walking the length of Norway, is a classic among the European long distance trails. The route runs from Nordkapp to Lindesnes and is approximately 2500km long. The most common season to thru-hike the country is summer, though several winter traverses have already been made. Crossing the country during those cold and dark … Continue reading Out in the Woods – Norge på Langs

Walking on thin ice

Hours upon hours, days upon days, even weeks, I spent wondering what New Zealand looked like before humankind lessened it forever. Lush forests that are still related to another era of the world, inhabited by creatures as old as the dinosaurs like the tuatara. An entire ecosystem based on birds: grazing birds, pollinating birds, predatory … Continue reading Walking on thin ice

The Snow Meltdown

A couple of days ago, I watched James Balog's documentary Chasing Ice. The film was made to provide visual proof of how climate change is affecting our continuously carbon powered planet, by showing breathtaking images of how our glaciers are disappearing at alarming rates. It reminded me of images I took during my walk through Sarek … Continue reading The Snow Meltdown

Breaking the Spitsbergen Bubble

The last day of our trip we spent in Longyearbyen. One of the guides on the campsite told us the airship museum, covering over 100 years of polar exploration history, was worth checking. We spent a surprising amount of time in this tiny museum, reading the stories of the many men who wanted to be … Continue reading Breaking the Spitsbergen Bubble