A couple of months ago I received a very exciting invitation and now, I can hardly believe, that in less than two weeks time, I’ll be off on another adventure. Not to Africa or the Med, nor India or anywhere hot and steamy – quite the opposite. I’ll soon be on my way to northern Norway and the Arctic and I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a trip before!

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Kittiwakes in flight in the Arctic by Kellie Netherwood


Discovering Real Norway

I’m going on a Hurtigruten Cruise to discover the real Norway. Flying from London to Oslo and then taking an internal flight to Tromsø inside the Arctic Circle. From there, it’s all aboard as we head north to the most northerly point on mainland Europe. I’ve heard many good things about Hurtigruten, who have been sailing along the Norwegian coast since 1893 so I know I’m in safe hands!

Our itinerary takes us to many lovely places and spectacular snowy landscapes. We’ll have the chance to go sledging with huskies in Kirkenes, go to a midnight concert by candlelight in the Arctic Cathedral, discover Norwegian cuisine and, fingers crossed, we’ll see the Northern Lights. And I can’t wait!

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The Northern Lights in Norway by Kellie Netherwood

What to wear in the Arctic?

I’ve never been further north (anywhere in the world) than Leeds, so this really will be a new kind of adventure. I asked my blogging friend Kellie Netherwood, who I know has visited colder climes, for some advice about what to wear.

“Weather in the Arctic can be changeable and unpredictable, from mild to extreme cold with a biting wind chill.  I suggest non bulky layers: thermal base (Merino is my favourite), a mid layer (eg fleece top and waterproof trousers) and a decent waterproof winter jacket.  I always take a good hat/beanie, neck warmer and as many socks as I can fit.  Avoid cotton for outdoor clothing, but indoors is usually quite warm, so a couple of t-shirts or comfy sweats/jumper is ideal.  As a photographer, I have gloves with removable flaps on the thumb and forefinger which allow me to stay warm whilst adjusting my settings and I have an extra pair of glove liners and waterproof gloves for colder days.  I also carry a waterproof outer layer that I can pull on over my trousers when needed” Kellie

Joining me on this trip-of-a-life time will be Zoë Dawes, The Quirky Traveller, Sarah Lee, Live, Share, Travel, Alison Bailey for Mallory on Travel and Barbara Ann Weibel, Hole in the Donut.

Follow #realNorway live on Twitter and Instagram and see our Arctic adventure as it unfolds!

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Northern Norway by Kellie Netherwood


Thanks to Kellie for these wonderful photographs. You can read more about her adventures in the Arctic and Antartica and see more of her superb photographs on her blog Destination Unknown. You’ll find yet more stunning photography on Kellie Netherwood Photography.



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