Pole 2 Pole encompasses our deep love of the landscapes in the south of New Zealand to the far reaches of the northern arctic as we drive some of the worlds most extreme roads, photograph and chase the Aurora Borealis
1-3rd November 2015 Valdez, Alaska to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory, Canada - chasing clear skies for our first big aurora storm.
This was written over two two years ago now, first big aurora on our first arctic adventure. I find it very amusing to hear to how cold we felt it, now that we have experienced much, much colder. We have learned a lot about equipment and clothing since. We were just in ski pants a ‘Whistler grade’ Canada Goose jackets. I love that having a good aurora chase still holds this same intensity and thrill for me.
Valdez, Alaska, three weeks into our first Arctic adventure. We’d heard there was a huge aurora storm forecast, the biggest we had yet to see…but nasty clouds were coming in over Alaska. After much pouring over weather forecast pages, the clearest patch seemed to be in the Yukon, well over 1000km away! We decided to commit.
The day of Halloween we drove 700km of ridiculously stunning scenery from Valdez, over the Thompson Pass,...
To finally get our Pole2Pole blog underway...it's only our 5th Arctic trip and we've had intentions to write on every one of them, but hey, the adventures are too much fun and life at home has been too hectic. So here we finally are:
Mark and I live in Wanaka, New Zealand. We love traveling and exploring, but it is our recent discovery of our mutual love of arctic travel that has inspired us to share this journey with you.
It's an odd place to go. Leaving Wanaka in February, when it is endless 30degree days and we have a massive lake right out our door, why fly to Canada to spend 6 weeks driving 14,000km in sub -20deg C temperatures? Why spend countless nights out chasing the elusive aurora borealis when you could be having summer BBQ's one the beach with friends?
We had been exploring parts of Canada and the National Parks of the US, fitting our travels around a regular stop over in Vancouver so we could spend time with my brother, nephew and niece. We thou...