Our winter season in the Norwegian Arctic

After almost four months working in Norway it’s time for us to head off and get back to travelling. We‘re heading to Vancouver Canada, to buy a new van so we can do our third roadtrip across North America. We haven’t lived in a van since our Alaska to Florida trip in 2016 so we…

Escaping to a Norwegian Wilderness Cabin

Our boots quickly filled with snow as we walked along the powdery trail to the Guvåg hut, a wilderness cabin in Vesterålen. Ptarmigan and rabbit prints dotted the snowy ground as we walked alongside frozen sections of sea, steep mountains and overgrown forest. We visited the cabin last winter and fell in love with the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Camp fires and wild winds | Northern Norway

Living on a jetty is all fun and games until there’s gale force winds, and then it’s kinda scary. After days of wonderful, calm weather and mirror-like sea, we were hit with 45mph winds and even stronger gusts. The wind howled through our extractor fan and wrapped itself around our apartment with a loud whistling…

Dog sledding, frozen rivers and meeting Santa in North Pole

As we left the Denali area and headed north we felt like our chances of seeing a bear outside the park were impossible. We’d seen how camouflaged they were in the wilderness and we’d also seen them up close and personal walking beside our bus. They just don’t act like that outside the park where…

Snow in the ancient town of Fenghuang

We were a bit reluctant about visiting Fenghuang due to its extortionate entrance fee of £15, but we’d regret not going so we went along. Vigilant guards (locals in red jackets) checked tickets at every entrance to the Old Town so there was no way around it. We popped into a couple hotels until we…

Vertigo on China’s insane cliff walks

Just a five minute walk from our hotel we were whisked up Tianmen Mountain on the worlds longest cable car. It took 30 minutes to reach the top just over 7 kilometres away.    Tianmen Mountain is a high plateau with sheer edges on all sides. We practically brushed past bushes and trees and creaked…

Sleeping in the shadows of Mont Blanc

France was our first port of call on this roadtrip, and 6 months later we are back in the land of baguettes after doing a huge, wiggly loop around 21 countries. Now we have a chance to explore France and hopefully head south to Spain. Our first stop was a rainy and cold Chamonix, a…