How to photograph the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, is one of nature’s most awe-inspiring displays. For many like myself, viewing the lights in person is a lifelong dream and to be able to photograph the Northern Lights is simply the icing on the cake. It can be challenging to try and capture the lights, but these simple,…

7 days in Norway: Land of the Midnight Sun

7 days in Norway is ample time to savour the highlights of this beautiful country, from the cosmopolitan delights of Oslo to the majestic views along the Norway in a Nutshell route, to hiking in fjord country, or if you’re visiting in winter, dogsledding or aurora hunting above the Arctic Circle. This itinerary is geared…

Bondi Beach in Winter

What to do when the weather changes and the mercury dips ever lower? Here in Sydney, winter isn’t the cold, scary beast it is in more extreme climes. There’s still plenty of opportunity to get into the great outdoors, and if you’re not up for getting into the water, then at the very least, you…

Running with the dogs at 70° N

“Yip! Yip! Yip!” There goes the cry and suddenly there is silence as the dogs fly off, their eager whines and howls quietened now that they’re doing what they love best.  The landscape is still, the only sound the drag of the sled, and the muffled rhythm of canine feet running. On the horizon, the…

Packing for Norway: Winter Gear

I’ll be heading off to Norway and Sweden in just under a week! The excitement is palpable. We’ve pulled down the suitcases and started to fill it with stuff – gifts and goodies for the friends we are seeing during a stopover in London, guidebooks and gee gaws – but the most important stuff is…

The Land of Fire & Ice: Reykjavik, Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice, isolated, wild, rugged. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland welcomes us with ice on the roads and drizzling rain as we pull into Reykjavik. The darkness is velvet, the air is crisply cold. It is well past midnight by the…