Carving Down to the Fjords

We caught up with the man behind our backcountry ski-touring experience in the Norwegian fjords, Stranda. Hi Oscar. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I attended a 1-and-a-half year guide education in 2006-2007 in Åre, Sweden before I started working full time as a guide in different parts of the country. I did all sorts, heliskiing, ski touring, ice climbing, snowshoe trips, whitewater kayaking and rafting. After 2 winter seasons there, I got an offer to take over as chief of the ski patrol in Stranda, Norway. I went over for my first winter season here and just...

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Seeking Solitude in the Icelandic Highlands

When was the last time you enjoyed total solitude? Even if only for a weekend. Welcome to the Icelandic Highlands; the perfect retreat from the buzz of everyday life, and the ultimate playground for hiking, skiing, fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, stargazing, aurora-hunting and kiting.

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Penguin Conservation on the Banks Peninsula

Our local host on the Banks Peninsula, Shireen Helps, tells us about her penguin conservation efforts and the Peninsula’s busy eco-system.   Hi Shireen. Thanks for talking with us. So how long have you been working with penguins? Well, we have been in Pohatu for over 40 years. But we became aware that the penguins were disappearing from the Banks Peninsula around 30 years ago. We then started looking critically in our own backyard, and that’s when we starting finding dead penguins everywhere. We thought, if someone doesn’t do something to save this colony, these penguins will go the...

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