We were met off the plane in Reykjavik by our guide for the weekend, and within an hour of landing we were 6 metres underground, in a pitch-black lava tunnel! Then he took us for a lobster dinner, and a Northern lights show, in 60kph winds. Only then did we go to check-in at our hotel!
After a whole day looking for a polar bear sailing through the ice, it was looking like an "uneventful day" on our Arctic trip. Then the Expedition Leader came over the PA system to say "we have stopped in the ice, and will be lowering the gang-plank!" We walked out onto the ice, which was about 40cm thick, and drank mulled wine, with just 600 miles of frozen sea ice between us and the North Pole.
Even if you forget the skiing/snow boarding - there's something exciting about being flown to the top of a mountain and jumping out of a chopper!
Alex & Susan Waite share an interest in travel and adventure. Whilst a camera is never far from Sue's side, Alex has also been known to take a photo or two when not video recording our adventures. Our travels so far have taken us from our home in Winchester, UK to the countries shown in red on the map; there is plenty more of the world left to explore!
Map generated using Traveltip http://www.traveltip.org/countries_visited.php
We regularly see a lot of snow in Colorado, much of it fresh powder which we enjoy snowboarding through at the edge of the piste. Whilst in the fluffy stuff, with slightly tired legs, I spotted a nice looking fluffy mound of snow and thought it could be a very comfy seat – probably a mix of snow and ice, with a fluffy covering. I navigated my way over to the mound and sat down.
We came across a small group of rhinos on safari in the Kruger, and slightly spooked them. They heard us, and started walking away from us. We drove along the road for a better view, but kept our distance.
At the end of our beach holiday in May 2010, on an island just off Mozambique, the Azura hotel very kindly gave us a small gift: a colourful turtle, stuffed with sand.
On the last day in Brazil, we made caipirinhas of various flavours with the bar staff ... and inevitably got a bit tipsy. At which point it seemed like a good idea to hire one of their canoes, to paddle over to the next bay.
In Parati, Brazil, we were staying near a beach that was 2 miles long, but you had to "ford a stream" to get to it. They recommended we go at low tide, which they told us was about 5pm. So we waited until after lunch, and headed out for our walk.
South America has some spectacular waterfalls, called Iguassu – even better than Niagara in the US. We saw these spectacular Iguassu falls from the Brazilian side, the Argie side, from above (by chopper) and below (by boat).