At the end of what has been an amazing journey, I am left almost speechless. Note I said - ‘almost’! Eleven weeks and 10s of 1000s of Km - it was all amazingly exciting, fascinating, wonder-filled - yes, even with the few rough nights on some trains and a small bout of travel sickness on board our tough little ship, the ‘Polar Pioneer’. Would we do it again? Absolutely, like a flash! Where would we return to?
*The Arctic is a definite. It captured our hearts, minds and imagination. There is so much more to see than I could have imagined, and it is unbelievably breathtakingly beautiful;
*Iceland - the land of fire and ice, fissures and mighty mountains, trolls and elves, we’d like to drive a campervan around the entire island taking in the remote NW and NE regions - off the beaten track;
*The wild isolated Territories of Canada and the Maritimes; and
*The deserts of USA.
Crystalline wonderland above 80 degree North latitude
But before we think too seriously about those destinations, in February we embark on a month-long expedition to the Ross Sea region of the Antarctic and the sub Antarctic Islands. This is one of the most remote regions on Earth and it has incredible and surprising biological diversity. Can hardly wait – but I must get fit-ter first! Then once we’ve caught our collective breath, we plan to load up our caravan and heading outback to drive some of Australia’s remaining iconic outback tracks and stock routes. It will be sheer heaven being in big sky country, getting the red dust in our hair again and sitting under the glorious night skies of the desert.
I have to say a very big thank you to Bev Edwards our amazing travel manager. We dream and she makes it happen - gets us there the best way possible, and organises just about everything we can think of and those things we don’t think of! Bev also hooked us up again with Wild Earth Travel. It was awesome!!