Often found getting up to mischief in the snow with their siblings, they’re full of energy, endlessly intrigued and never seem to mind the cold.
The Greenland dog has been an essential part of Greenlandic culture for thousands of years. Guided by their mushers, they work in packs to haul people, fish and supplies across the ice.
Soft arctic light shining down through the clouds, illuminating the ice.
With stable temperatures below -20°c, we had to break through the sea ice to get back to land. I looked back and noticed that all the fisherman were following in our tracks. It really showed how everyone has to work together out there in these extreme conditions
Last week I landed back in Greenland. Heading into the Arctic in the winter is always an incredibly memorable and freezing cold experience.
Here’s a scene I came across in the icefjord, where towering icebergs make their way out to sea after breaking off from the most active glacier in the world.
Often the rivers can become very challenging to cross in the winter, even though the water levels are super low. Sometimes they’re completely iced over, meaning you have to properly assess the strength of the ice before crossing, as you can easily fall through and end up completely stuck. Other times the ice banks are super high, and the only way up is with force and then very slowly creep on the way down, which was what we faced on this day, and no we weren’t stuck. There were many laughs amongst the usual daily stresses!
Both @bensimonrehn and I have spent a lot time in the mountains this winter getting experience in traversing the highland snow, it’s been a solid season
P.s. a little safety note - never head out here on your own, we’ve spent years travelling as passengers and learning the ropes with professionals before we started to drive ourselves. Stay safe folks.
An evening paddle in the East Fjords.
I’ll never forget the laughs that @1924house and I had as we attempted to navigate our two man kayak in the waves, all while the Strohlman @alexstrohl powered off in the distance. It was so nice to be out there in the misty weather and get to know the coastline, there’s so much to see in the East
Chilly mornings at the lagoon, watching the ice bank up along the shoreline. One thing I love about spending time at Jökulsárlón is the fact that it’s always changing, even just in the space of a few minutes you can see something new in the ice or conditions. Icebergs endlessly flip and float around, revealing the intense blue colours of the underside.
Please remember to be careful out here, we are always seeing people walk around the warning signs and out onto the ice in winter. This can be very dangerous. Stick to the shoreline and enjoy the view friends
With the sail flying in full force, our crew took to the fjord waters for quick mission in the @auroraarktika sail boat. Looking back at land, we watched as light beamed down through the clouds, all whilst the sometimes friendly Icelandic wind rolled in.
It’s always interesting to launch and land a drone on a moving sailboat in the wind, but it usually works out just fine after a little bit of stress and laughter.
Such a rad day on the water
Heading into the winter last year, I spent a bunch of time working on my car to finally be able to handle the snow conditions out in the highlands. A lot of modifications were needed, many of which were well beyond my skills, but with assistance from some local Icelandic Land Rover wizards, it worked out super well I think. One thing that has made a huge difference was the addition of surround lighting from the legends at @frontrunneroutfitters. It meant I could properly handle those gnarly drives in the dark, which is something that you have to expect with just a few hours of daylight each day around the solstice. It has been a massive learning curve to navigate the ice covered tracks and I’ve gotten to know my shovel pretty well, but it’s been so damn rad to be out there in the snow. #frontrunneroutfitters#borntoroam
I’ll never forget this day.
Perched up on a snowy hill, I sat silently with this fox for almost an hour.
In this particular moment I’d buried myself down in the snow, trying not to make sudden movements as the fox looked straight into the lens. It was awesome.
Thought to have made their way over to Iceland on the sea ice after the last ice age, these guys have proven themselves as the kings and queens of endurance under our heavy climate.
Such remarkable creatures. #iceland
It was such a rad experience to watch these dust clouds float around in the wind at the edge of my favourite mountain last summer. Whether it’s those moments of extreme weather or a peaceful hike in the mountains, exploring in Iceland is always filled with incredible memories.
What has been your most memorable experience whilst travelling here? Or if you haven’t been yet, what are you most stoked for during your trip?
Waking up to another crisp and calm morning in the highlands, our @arctictrucksexperience squad prepped to drive a route that hadn’t been traversed since the last snowstorm had hit.
Travelling in convoy over deep snow sections and vast white plains, we made it back to the lowlands as the sun began to set.
Such a rad day #arctictrucks
The roadside views never seemed to end as we cruised through the Rockies. Cloudy mornings led to some nice bursts of light over the mountains, giving my camera a solid workout each day.
Cheers for the rad experience @travelalberta
Heading into the mountains after dark always leaves you amped for the views you’ll wake up to in the morning. Whilst it does seem strange to say ‘morning’ when the sun rises at 11am, clear skies allow for those first sun rays to shine down a little brighter than usual cloudy days. I captured this image during one of those amazing clear mornings, waiting for the sun to peak above the Kerlingarfjöll range on what would be become one of the most memorable days of the winter
Shot for @icelandair. #mystopover
On an evening of perfect snow conditions earlier this winter, I hit the road with the @arctictrucksexperience team to mission out to the Landmannalaugar hut.
We travelled under a bright moonlit landscape, breathing in the crisp -15°c highland air while navigating our way over some intense ice terrain. Once arriving, it was an incredible feeling to sit back in the geothermal pool with a bunch of inspiring Icelanders, sharing stories as our hair froze over and looking up at the moon as it reflected on the steaming water.
Here’s a shot of the hut from that night, it was super cosy inside. #arctictrucks
The night climb.
As the day faded into night, we hiked down into Maligne Canyon to capture the experience of ice climbing under dark skies with @travelalberta.
Being the only team in the canyon at the time, we worked quietly with only the sounds from each impact of the crampons and axes echoing throughout the canyon. Helmets definitely kept us safe as we shot straight up from the base of the ice fall - what a rad experience
Whilst always a memorable time to be outside, remember to stay safe on the roads in Iceland folks. Things can turn gnarly in the blink of an eye and it helps to check the forecasts and prepare yourself before you head out
As the evening moonlight illuminated the trees in a soft blue haze, we cruised around the countryside into the night.
Trees are somewhat of a rarity back home in Iceland, so it was an incredible experience to sit back and witness this beautiful scene alongside @travelalberta.