Return to the Arctic

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am back! This week I bring news – after taking the van to the arctic last winter, I’m now planning any return. I can’t wait!

Last winter I took my self-conversion Mercedes Sprinter, Kofifernweh, to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and a whole bunch more countries. This year I want to spend more time in a smaller area to really focus on a few subjects, including the northern lights.

A narrow timeframe in northern Norway and Lapland last year meant I spent a lot of time fighting the weather. This year I’ll spend a lot more time in these places, skipping the other destinations. Because of the Schengen clock (which I now have to consider owing to Brexit) I’ll be there for about nine weeks in order to keep up with other commitments at other times.

This season the northern lights have already given some stunning, strong displays, and I want to maximise on this during solar maximum. I’ll need to be mindful of temperatures in Lapland because of the time of year. Last year I experienced -37˚ and it was intense! I’ll be testing and showcasing some new tech as well, with partnerships lined up and in place with a few brands including Insta360. I hope to be able to bring you all with me virtually and hopefully show you the northern lights in 360˚ video. It’ll all be on my Instagram and YouTube, so be sure you’re following if you don’t want to miss anything. I’ll also be posting a bit to VERO, but I’m yet to decide whether that platform has legs.

I’ll be starting the journey soon with a warm-up trip to Scotland to make sure the van is in tip-top condition (which is code for ‘good enough’) and I’m open to ideas for locations, activities, and even gear to try. Get in touch with any ideas. I’ll be reporting back right here as well as finding more photography news, opinion and inspiration to share every Tuesday. If you’re a KelbyOne member you’ll even see some of the content I’m creating in Photoshop User. I can’t wait to hit the road again!

Come with me!

Much love

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