Kick-sledding and Snowshoeing Adventures | Norway

After a wet and cloudy start to Norway we’ve finally got snow…absolutely shit loads of the stuff. We’ve had to plow the pathways, boats and roofs daily. Giant icicles hang like stalactites from our house and wind whips up the old snow creating hard to budge snow-dunes. We’ve made the most of the situation by…

Volunteering as Lumberjacks in the Mosel Region | Germany

After four months in Asia we were pretty zapped by the heat, we still wanted to return to the Philippines but the flight price and duration weren’t very appealing so we just went on Skyscanner and searched cheap destinations from the Maldives. The cheap countries to fly to were Germany, France and Switzerland so we…

Kayaking under the midnight sun in the Norwegian Arctic

While we’re in the Lofoten Islands we’re helping our hosts set up their kayak business. Craig’s been doing lots of carpentry work while I’ve been painting and chipping in with logo ideas. Before things kick off with the busy summer season though, we’ve been taken out on a few kayak trips. On our first trip,…

Highlights from our two months volunteering in Vesterålen | Norway

From day one In Vesterålen it’s been go go go. I was expecting lots of free time while volunteering here but we’ve been kept busy in a very good way, doing plenty of outdoor activities and also hanging out with the other volunteers so I’ve become very far behind on my blog posts! It’s now…

Moving to our next volunteering position in Vesterålen, Norway

An evening ferry took us across the relatively calm open sea to Svolvær on the Lofoten Islands. It was a shock to the system arriving in such a big town after living in tiny Nordskot for two months and only seeing about 15 different people. We shuffled along the icy pavement past large modern buildings…

Aurora and Sunsets | Two months enjoying the colours of the Arctic

Winter has proved to be the most colourful time of year for us to explore Northern Norway. The sun lingers low, creating a sunrise that lasts hours as it slowly blends into the sunset. If there’s clouds in the sky they’ll be stained pink or orange, and if it’s a crystal clear day, the horizon…

Volunteering in Northern Norway

The sun finally rose at 10:53am, slowly lighting our surroundings and turning the sky into a kaleidoscope of colours. We were staying in an apartment right at the end of a jetty so the view from the many windows was incredible. It’s not every day you can prep breakfast whilst waving at a little sail…

Our first impressions of winter in Norway

I was just awoken by a ferry gliding past the front of our house. It was so close that I could see strangers sipping coffee under the warm light, like they were sat in our lounge while I was laying in bed. The boat was gone in seconds and I was left in darkness, still wandering…

How to travel long-term | Volunteering around the world

Volunteering has really helped us stretch our budget whilst travelling the world. We first tried it out in Australia when we lost our job at a sweet potato farm after only 6 days. We drove to the beach, covered in red soil, eating a pot-noodle whilst feeling very sorry for ourselves and our dwindling bank…