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Fire and Ice 2107: More Ice than Fire

It was another full day exploring the sights between Vagnsstaðir and Vik. We spent much of the day marvelling at the ice in all of it’s forms. Glacier tongues, lagoons, and crevasses drew our attention over and over again. I … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 9: Kiruna to Stockholm

Today after our overnight train ride, we will explore Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. Did You Know? Volvo, a Swedish company invented the 3-point seat belt system, and instead of patenting it to make their own company a lot more … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 8: Kebnekaise to Nikkolauda to Kiruna

Today we will head out from Kebnekaise Mountain Station to Nikkolauda. There, we will catch a bus that will take us to Kiruna. There, we will catch a train to Stockholm. Did You Know?

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 7: Kebnekaise Climb

. Today is the big day. We will try to make our way to the highest point in Sweden, the summit of Kebnekaise (2099 m.). Did You Know? Haparanda in Sweden, and Tornio in Finland, are so close in proximity … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 6: Kebnekaise Mountain Station

Today we say good-bye to our ski teammates and meet our climbing ones. We’ll do some preparation for our climb of Kebnekaise (2099 m.) as well as rest and make everything ready for the climb. Did You Know? Something that … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 5: Salka-Kebnekaise

This will be an exciting day as we will see Kebnekaise (2099 m.), Sweden’s highest peak, for the first time. We will be trying to spot the route up that we will use when climbing the peak. Today we ski … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 4: Tjakta-Salka

Today the rhythms of our ski days should be set as we make way from Tjakta mountain hut to Salka mountain hut. Did You Know? In Sweden, the traditional Christmas visitor is the “nisse” or “gnome”, a short, good-humoured sprite … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 3: Alesjaure-Tjakta

Today we ski from Alesjaure mountain hut to Tjakta mountain hut. The huts were are using are maintained by the Swedish Tourism Association and help make the Swedish outdoors more accessible to everyone. Did You Know? “Lagom” is an important … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 2: Abiskojaure-Alesjaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko.jaure-Alesjaure. We are learning all about the Letter “A” Did You Know? Between 300,000 and 400,000 moose (“Alces alces”) roam the Swedish woods. The moose is also considered the most dangerous animal in Sweden. … Continue reading

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Fire & Ice 2017 Day 1: Abisko Mountain Station-Abiskojaure

Today’s plan is to ski from Abisko Mountain Station to Abiskojaure mountain hut. It will be our first day out so we must take very good care of our feet since they will be adapting to the large volume of … Continue reading

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Fire and Ice 2017: Our Ski Route…

This map shows our entire ski route from Abisko to Kebnekaise and then finishing in Nikkaluokta.  We will be carrying some of our food supplies in our backpacks and acquiring some items along the way.  Out backpacks will weight between … Continue reading

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A Invitation to Fire & Ice 2017

Marian and I are off on another adventure and we’d like to invite you to come along. We are calling the expedition, “Fire and ice 2017” and we’re off to points north of here in Sweden and Iceland. The name … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #199 I love reality. I love the world. I love the smell of it. I love it…

I love reality. I love the world. I love the smell of it. I love it. –Andrea Corr

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Visual Soliloquy #198 Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realize the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom…

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom. –Bertrand Russell

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Visual Soliloquy #197 Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters…

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. –John Lubbock

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Visual Soliloquy #196 If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading…

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. –Lao Tzu

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Visual Soliloquy #195 There’s only one thing I never did and wish I had done: climbed over a fence…

There’s only one thing I never did and wish I had done: climbed over a fence. –Queen Mary

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Visual Soliloquy #194 All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course…

All rivers, even the most dazzling, those that catch the sun in their course, all rivers go down to the ocean and drown. And life awaits man as the sea awaits the river. –Simone Schwarz-Bart

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Visual Soliloquy #193 Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex…

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction. –Albert Einstein

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Turning Left: Iceland on the Ring Road

We chose counterclockwise.  Opposite of how the commentary was laid out in the Lonely Planet guide, we elected to drive the ring road of Iceland the other way.  After our climb of Hvannadalshnúkur, as we headed out Route One toward … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #185 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not…

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #184 It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks…

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #183 We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls…

We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. –Anais Nin

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Visual Soliloquy #182 Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not…

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Visual Soliloquy #181 We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think…

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. –Swami Vivekananda

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Visual Soliloquy #179 If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud…

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud. –Emile Zola

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Visual Soliloquy #178 Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward…

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward. –Victor Kiam

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Hammered on Hvannadalshnuku

So much to describe and share and so little time to find the words. Days are passing here like the wind, very rapidly and measured in meters per second, both the speed of the wind and our experiences on the … Continue reading

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Visual Soliloquy #177 Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does…

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. –William James

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Visual Soliloquy # 176 When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly…

When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly. – Michel de Montaigne

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Day One from the Land of Ice

I think my senses must be heightened by the process of being squeezed six across into a long aluminum cigar that is pressured to 8000 feet that rapidly teleports me to a new place. I leave the airport and embrace … Continue reading

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Sport as Spiritual Friend

My last three days have been filled with three things: Buddhist retreat, hockey playoffs and packing for Iceland. One wrapped up yesterday, one will wrap up today and one must be wrapped up by 4:20 tomorrow afternoon. This morning as … Continue reading

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The Week that Was

I’ve been speaking to a number of Grade Four classes of late about being an explorer and the challenges that explorers face. I find myself wishing, despite the developmental impossibility, that we could all remain ten. Grade Fours are my … Continue reading

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