When was the last time you looked at a world globe?
You know, the old desktop globes you used to spin around and then stop with your finger while fantasising about all the amazing destinations out there you would still like to visit?
Last week I saw one of these globes at a small hotel in Oslo and couldn’t help doing the same. Compared to many years ago this time was different for me. I was one flight away from a destination many people don’t even know exists.
Svalbard is a place of superlatives. A white world that will leave even the most experienced traveller and nature photographer in awe.
On a flat map or computer screen the true distance and location of this magical place is slightly lost and it is only when I saw the small archipelago of Spitsbergen on the world globe, right on the top of the world globe, that the scale of the adventure that awaited us dawned on me again.
Returning to Svalbard two months earlier than last year meant more snow, more white and a very different experience to anything you can imagine. It was breathtaking.
Sitting in the office now and looking back at our expedition the reality of the magical white world is more clear than ever.
It is a place of dreams, of incredible beauty and truly one of the last wilderness areas on the planet.
Until next time.
Gerry van der Walt
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