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: 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: 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. […]

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 […]

Antarctica Photos: Tip of the Iceberg

Ice is an iconic feature of the Antarctic landscape and a key feature in many of the photos I’ve left with. These photos are just the tip of the iceberg of what I saw and enjoyed in the world’s wildest continent. (Chinstrap Penguins on iceberg near Spert Island) A journey to the Falkland Islands, South Georgia […]

Highlights of Iceland: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was the location of my first ever iceberg sighting. I still remember that “wow factor” moment that overshadowed the waterfalls, geysers, black sand beaches, glacial mountains and volcanic landscape that had already convinced me Iceland was one of the most beautiful places in the world. But that was nearly three years ago […]

Polar Travel in Pictures: #Arctic Ice

  If the polar bear is king of the Arctic, ice is it’s queen. Ice in the Arctic is part of a landscape that seems to have been created from a palette of blue and white hues.  It is part of a landscape that deafens you with its silence.  It is part of a landscape […]

Antarctica in Pictures: A Collection of Ice

“We have just sighted the first iceberg of the journey” This announcement at 7pm on New Years Day felt symbolic of the journey ahead.  We had just enjoyed the Falkland Islands, were growing accustomed to days at sea and were eagerly awaiting our arrival at South Georgia.  We were also inching closer and closer to […]

Photo Gallery: Antarctic Sunsets

During my days in Antarctica I felt like I was moving within a landscape painting, created with a palette limited to blues and whites.  The exception was the late evening, as the sun began to set.  The palette opened to include a range of pastel colours, softening the light and providing an incredible backdrop to […]

Photo Gallery: The Big Ice of Antarctica (Pleneau Bay)

Sailing through Antarctica feels like sailing through a landscape painting that has been created with a colour palate limited to whites and blues.  Random objects such as rocks, ice, ships and animals are strategically placed in the frame to create a series of images, but the paintings remain distinctively Antarctic. No object is more iconic […]