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…

Our first snowshoeing trip in Norway

After two very cold but dry months in Norway, the winter truly came when we had our first big snowfall. It snowed all night and continued the next day so with over a foot of fresh powder it seemed like a good idea to go snowshoeing. We’ve never been before so I was excited but…

Hiking along the Vesterålen coast | Norway

It was a beautiful, crisp day and no work on the schedule, so we joined the four other volunteers for a roadtrip around Bø. A ring-road loops around this area of Vesterålen, winding its way around the beautiful fjords. Our first stop was ‘The Man From The Sea’ which is a bizarre statue of a…

Eagle Safari in Vesterålen, Norway

One of the volunteers here told me that an eagles eyesight is so good that it’s the equivalent of a human standing on the roof of a ten story building and seeing an ant on the ground floor!! I didn’t know how true that was, but I was about to get an idea of their…

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…

Our first winter summit in Norway

Our time is almost up in this tiny village in Northern Norway, and there’s just one last thing on our list of things to do: hike up a nearby mountain to a radio tower. Craig saw it when we first arrived a couple months back and said he wanted to climb to the top so…

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…

Two attempts at a mountain summit and a sea full of ice | Norway

Most of the mountains that surround our village are only accessible if you have climbing gear. But there is one that looked possible for a hiker to summit so Craig set us the challenge. It took an hour walking along the road away from the village to reach the trail head. On the way we…