Polar Regions: The Bucket List

Going for the cold: trips in Antarctica, The Arctic, Greenland, Northern Canada, Northern Alaska, Northern Russia, Northern Scandinavia.

Reindeer Sleighride (Photo Credit: RogersPhotos)

Driving a Reindeer Sled at the Arctic Circle in Finland

Reindeer have a bit more sense of dignity than sled dogs at the prospect of pulling a sled through the snow. They do not jump up and down in place yipping excitedly at the sight of a sled, as dogs do. I’d been dogsledding the day before, across Read More

Aurora Borealis, photo courtesy of Jill Browne

Chasing the Aurora Borealis in Bettles, Alaska

Deep in a sound sleep, I am awakened by footsteps running through the corridors outside and the urgent sound of doors slamming open. “Get up everyone! Everyone, outside!” Groggily, I look at my watch: 3 a.m. I roll over, not quite in the land of Read More

Brook's Range

Flight-seeing Over Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

The bush plane is tiny, just two rows of seats, sized for people who like each other a lot. It's equipped with winter survival equipment, and before we take off, we get instructions on using the emergency radio and the survival gear. I know that Read More