16 Favourite Travel Photos of 2016

In reality, the first day of a new year is simply the ‘day after yesterday’.  Symbolically however, it holds more meaning.  For some, it represents the opportunity to close one chapter and open a new one.  For many, the start of the new year is motivation to make improvements to themselves or their lives.  And for […]

Exploring East Greenland: The Sun Sets on Scoresby Sund

Time feels as frozen as the icebergs floating on the bay in front of me. My mind has stopped wandering, incapable of focusing on anything but the moment I am in. My eyes are fixated on the seemingly motionless water that has exploded into a kaleidoscope of soft tones, reflecting from the sky as the […]

Exploring East Greenland: Dancing Skies (The Northern Lights)

It starts as a cloud-like formation, a faint shadow that slowly begins a seductive dance across the sky. I feel hypnotised, unable to look away. It gains momentum and begins to change shape and colour, vibrant shades of green spreading across the sky like paint being thrown onto a canvas. It twists and turns, dancing […]

Exploring East Greenland: Sunrise & Icebergs at Scoresby Sund

In the low light of dawn, large shadows drift silently on the water, their rugged shapes adding an element of drama to an otherwise tranquil setting. I step out on deck and am greeted with a silence that dominates the moment: a loud, thunderous, deafening absence of sound. There is a chill in the air […]

Exploring East Greenland: Into the Fog at Stewart Island

We move away in our zodiac and within seconds the ship disappears from view. I strain my eyes but the fog that has drifted in has covered everything within its path. The time on my watch tells me the sun has started to rise, but the scene above me is the same as that around […]

Exploring East Greenland: Light on Segelsällskap Fjord

I have one eye on my dinner plate and one eye on the window, battling a conflict of interest that is becoming a daily challenge. If I’m being honest though, it’s really no contest. I push my plate aside, ignoring the slight hunger that remains in my stomach and excuse myself from the table. I […]

Exploring East Greenland: Landing at Skipperdal Valley

“Does anyone know the geological significance of this?” I turn towards the geologist who, along with eleven other scientists, historians and nature guides, make up the expedition crew who are leading our venture into the remote high Arctic wilderness of East Greenland. He is pointing at a small rock and begins to describe its origin, […]

Exploring East Greenland: New Landscapes at Kong Oscar Fjord

  Close your eyes and imagine the landscape of Greenland. What do you see? Is it a network of narrow passageways with ice-choked fjords reflecting glaciers and snow-capped mountains on crystal clear water? Do you hear the crackling of ice, as you navigate your way around grounded icebergs, their attempt to reach sea thwarted by […]

Exploring East Greenland: Introduction at Warming Island

  “If conditions are favourable, we will attempt a pre-breakfast zodiac cruise. I will wake you at 5am”. Our expedition leader’s announcement of the next day’s plan is met with a predictable gasp of dread from a small number of passengers who are mentally weighing up the pros and cons of such an early start. […]

Remote, Rugged, Wild and Spectacular: This is East Greenland

I look out the window as the rising sun creates warm reflections on the glass-like water. As I step out on deck however, a bitter wind reminds me that I am in a land of extremes and I rub my hands together in a futile attempt to feel warmer. The vast and dramatic landscape that […]

Reflections on 2015 Travels: From Antarctica to Africa

As the end of another year approaches, people around the world are reflecting on the ‘year that was’, reading the ‘best of’ lists that are dominating news feeds and making New Year resolutions that, for the majority, won’t be kept. And despite the cynic in me recognising the end of the year as nothing more […]

Penguins in Pictures for World Penguin Day

Have you ever met anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins?  They  never fail to bring a smile to my face and World Penguin Day, celebrated on 25 April provides a great opportunity to share some of my favourite photos of them, taken in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.   Do you […]

Antarctica in Pictures: An Iceberg Graveyard in Pleneau Bay

Pleneau Bay is home to an incredible collection of icebergs in an area known as Iceberg Graveyard.  It is a highlight of any visit to the Antarctic Peninsula. My eyes followed the Minke Whale’s fin as it descended into the water. I continued to stare at the ripples it left behind, willing it to reappear […]

Final Landing: Deception Island, South Shetland Islands

I approached the bar on the ship that had been my home for the past few weeks and nodded as the bartender held up a bottle of beer. I smiled as he handed it to me, enjoying the daily ritual that had formed between us since leaving Ushuaia. As I sipped my beer, I felt […]

What is Your Favourite Type of Penguin?

Is there anyone in the world who doesn’t love penguins? Graceful in the water and awkward on land, their entertaining antics are enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Their white bellies, black overcoats and inability to fly make them instantly recognisable, but each type of penguin has unique features and personality traits, making some […]

Antarctica in Pictures: Sunset and Moonrise on the Bransfield Strait

“Tonight’s activities have been cancelled due to exceptionally good weather”. I smiled as I heard our expedition leader make this announcement shortly after dinner. Within minutes of stepping out on deck, I had made the decision to boycott the light-hearted games challenge the expedition crew had been planning for the evening. And it seemed I […]

The Many Faces of South Georgia’s Antarctic Fur Seal

Visiting South Georgia feels like being part of a wildlife documentary, and the fur seal is one of many characters auditioning for a leading role. South Georgia is a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is wild and rugged, inhospitable but spectacular, historically fascinating, home to extraordinary quantities of wildlife and has long […]

5 Reasons To Choose South Georgia As Your Gateway to Antarctica

South Georgia has long been a gateway to Antarctica and there are five reasons why you should choose it too. So you’ve made the decision to go to Antarctica. Congratulations, you are in for the trip of a lifetime. But you’ve probably already realised there are a few more decisions to make: what month will […]

Antarctica Wildlife in Pictures: The Leopard Seal

Named after its spotted coat, the leopard seal is one of Antarctica’s fiercest predators. It is also one of my favourite photography subjects in the region. As our zodiac slowly navigates through a maze of ice, we notice a dark shadow breaking up the monotony of blue and white hues. The shape begins to move, […]

In Pictures: Spert Island, Antarctica – A Dramatic Outdoor Iceberg Gallery

Towering rock arches, canyon like surroundings, a network of waterways and grounded icebergs: this is Spert Island and a dramatic introduction to the Antarctic Peninsula. A travel expedition to Antarctica is full of milestones and memorable “first” moments: the first zodiac cruise, the first landing, the first penguin sighting, the first rough day at sea, […]