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: Reflections at the end of Nordvestfjord

I sit down and lean back against a rock, letting the bright sun warm my cold face. I close my eyes and soak up the silence that is broken only by the crackling of ice, a sign of life from the ice-choked fjord in front of me. In the otherwise tranquil setting, the sound is […]

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 […]

Travel Photo of the Week: International Polar Bear Day (Arctic)

As tomorrow celebrates the majestic king of the Arctic with International Polar Bear Day, I’ve reached for the archives for this week’s Travel Photo. I’d just returned to our expedition ship in 2013 after a fantastic zodiac cruise through crackling ice and blue skies.  This polar bear seemingly appeared from nowhere, a spot in the […]

Arctic Travel & Photography: All About the Walrus

(Canon 5D Mark II, 1/1000 at f/5.6, ISO 640, 400mm) After a cold and dark winter, the sun has begun to rise again in the northernmost regions of the Northern Hemisphere.  As the Arctic summer approaches and travellers and photographers prepare to explore the region for the first time or to return to a part […]

Explore the Arctic with Quark Expedition’s Interactive Arctic Guide

In December 2012 I enjoyed one of the most exhilarating travel experiences of my life in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Antarctica.  Six months later I stepped aboard Quark Expedition’s Sea Spirit, looking forward to continuing my Tale of Two Poles.  I was a little nervous I might feel underwhelmed by the Arctic region – after all, there […]

Win a Trip to the Arctic with Quark Expeditions

The Polar Regions have been inspiring explorers, adventurers and scientists for centuries. The harsh and wild environment has been the stage to both tragedy and triumph as human ability and spirit has been pushed beyond its limits.  The North and South Poles were the Holy Grails of explorers in the early 1900’s and remain a […]

Planning a Northern Lights Trip? 5 Things You Need to Know.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that has been inspiring scientists, astrologers, photographers and travellers for many years.  It is becoming one of the most popular winter holiday choices for people who are buying a winter jacket and heading north to experience the lights for themselves. But as you plan your Northern lights trip […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Landscape Photographs

Top 10 Landscape Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at the […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Wildlife Photographs

Top 10 Wildlife Photographs of 2013 Travels This was the year I noticed a shift in my travel style.  Instead of being a traveller who takes photographs, I felt more like a photographer who travels.  Instead of an extra pair of shoes, I packed an extra camera lens.  Instead of feeling bored whilst queuing at […]

2013 Travel Highlights: Top 10 Locations

It’s that time of year again!  Newspapers reflect on the “year that was”, magazines publish their “best of” lists and TV stations screen their annual “countdown” programs.  So I’m joining in with my Top 10 Locations of the year! As individuals, we inevitably reflect on the year gone by, celebrating our achievements and lamenting our […]

Travel Inspiration: Antarctica & the Arctic

My decision to take a six month career break in 2013 created some incredible travel and photography opportunities.  And although I’ve now returned to the office to replenish the bank account for some exciting 2014 plans, I still have a short break to the Lofoten Islands to look forward to at the end of the […]

Travel Destination Comparison: Antarctica v Arctic

One of the things I love most about travel is its ability to eliminate the background and lifestyle differences that would normally prevent people’s paths from crossing.  Travellers are united by a common interest in the location they are visiting and a general sense of adventure. I felt this stronger on my Antarctica adventure than […]

Photography: 20 Landscapes from Antarctica, Arctic, Africa & Australia

I’m often asked if I prefer wildlife or landscape, as both a traveller and a photographer.  This isn’t a surprising question considering my travel itinerary of the past year has been led by a desire to experience and capture some of the world’s most beautiful and unique environments, birds and animals My perfect scenario is […]