Tag: snow

Alaska in the Winter – Amazing Scenery

Most visitors come to Alaska in the summertime – seeing the land of the midnight sun, enjoying temperate climates, perhaps catching salmon.  It is a beautiful country- but the beauty doesn’t end with fall – it just begins.  Perhaps it is the attitude of the “locals” where snowfall doesn’t mean clogged streets with impossible parking – but a chance to ski, or snowmobile, or snowshoe. In Alaska the elements don’t provide a hindrance from living but brings a whole new dimension and look to the state.  Dressing for winter is essential. But don’t think you need to buy your Alaska winter clothes in your hometown – buy them...

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Ribblehead Viaduct And A Grand Yorkshire Walk

It was time for another walk. The second of a fantastic HF Holidays weekend, walking many miles in the Yorkshire Dales. The variety was to be so apparent and a wonderful day in the wintry fresh air it was going to be. An area I know and love very well from previous walks, but a route that does not mean hard slogs over the Yorkshire 3 peaks for a change. Today was going to be a 7 mile circular walk around the Ribblehead Viaduct, walking along the slopes of the Three Peaks, getting some stunning different views of the...

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland – Lake District

There is something about snowfall that triggers childlike excitement in most people. Those of us who love walking in the mountains are no different, and the first snow fall of the year means that many of us are packing up our cars and heading off to the hills in search of some snow capped mountain adventure. Of course winter walking requires a different level of planning and preparation but that’s all part of the fun. Dusting off your under-utilised crampons and ice axe after pulling them out of the loft.  Trying to work out which combination of layering systems...

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Majestic Giants – Icebergs Around Newfoundland

Whether they come originated in Greenland or the Arctic, these 10,000- to 25,000-year old massive chunks of ice have been calved off into the North Atlantic as the edges of the glaciers move into the ocean.  Once afloat, they begin their journey south making their way to the Labrador Current.  Sadly, once this journey begins they will rarely last one year. Here are some facts about icebergs:  They float at speeds from 0.7 km/h to 3.6 km/h because they are fresh water.  The salt water of the oceans make icebergs buoyant.  The part we see is actually only 10-20...

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Kirkenes and a Hike Toward the Russian Border

Whilst aboard the Hurtigruten, cruising around the magnificent coast of Arctic Circle Norway, you get to do some extremely interesting and refreshing excursions. I have so far mentioned the North Cape from my trip but further around the coast you reach Kirkenes, the point of return as far as the Northern Coast of Norway goes. Any further East is into Russia, was time to get the boots on for a walk in this truly winter filled area. The sun doesn’t rise here in mid winter but we had some light for a couple of hours after docking to take in...

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The North Cape – To The Top of Europe

I was aboard the Hurtigruten and had a whole plethora of excursions to take part in on our cruise around the Arctic coast of Norway. Where should I start the series of articles from my time aboard? But at the top! The North Cape, at the top of mainland Europe. The North Cape is one of those spots that produces a feeling that is hard to describe unless you stand there yourself. 71 degrees North, you stand at the famous globe sculpture, looking North out to the cold blue Barents sea. Knowing, there is only the Svalbard Islands between you...

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