Flying to Kazakhstan and exploring butterfly filled meadows

We had a very long sleepless night travelling from London to Almaty, Kazakhstan, for the start of our Central Asian adventures. Craig seemed to start the trip in a particularly clumsy manner though. The first incident was when we were queuing up along the aisle of the plane, waiting for everyone to put their bags…

Scuba diving in the Arctic and an amusing hitchhiking trip

We never thought about scuba diving in the arctic sea, but an opportunity came up in our final week which we couldn’t turn down. We were heading out with the lovely team from Lofoten Diving who are based in the fishing village of Ballstad, not far from Leknes. We managed to get a ride with…

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…

Exploring Vesterålen’s beautiful coastline | Norway

The coastline around Vesterålen is home to some incredible white sand beaches with turquoise water gently lapping the shores. To access them though, we needed a car so one day we borrowed our hosts and went for a little roadtrip around Bø. We received a fair amount of snow earlier in the week and the…

Two hikes up Mount Vetten | Norway

Mount Vetten stands at 467m and is one of the most popular hikes in Vesterålen so we were keen to check it out. Unfortunately when we went up we had pretty shit weather with clouds engulfing us, so it was hard to envision what the ‘magnificent view’ actually looked like. Occasionally a patch would open…

A rough canoe trip to the frozen Hellfjord | Northern Norway

It was our first full day at Guvåg’s wilderness cabin and after a night of heavy snowfall we woke to a calm morning and decided to take our chances and go for a canoe trip. As soon as we sat in the canoe and began shuffling down the ramp into the sea, the wind picked…

A perfect kayak trip in the Norwegian Arctic

We had an action packed day waking up at 5:30am for a photography roadtrip and then returning three hours later to such perfect weather that we decided to go sea kayaking. We put on lots of layers and then climbed into our drysuits. It’s important to take the air out of these suits in case…

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…

Winter paddle boarding in the Arctic

It was -3 degrees outside when we tried our first winter paddle boarding in Norway. I was really worried about falling in the water and dying of hypothermia, but we gave it a whirl anyway. We wore long johns under our wetsuits and boiled up almost instantly, so it was actually a relief to go…

Boat trip around the neighbouring islands | Norway

After a night of aurora filled skies, we woke rather sleepy-eyed to a crisp morning with tiger-striped clouds behind the mountains. We had planned on doing some work at basecamp, but our host suggested a boat ride so we obviously jumped at the opportunity. We were given float suits to wear which would keep us…