In 2010 we were fortunate enough to seize an opportunistic half price holiday to the Arctic with Gap Adventures. What we witnessed in Spitsbergen and Greenland was at once life enhancing and bewildering. The memories we have are re-lived by us regularly and they continue to fuel our wanderlust for the polar regions. The sense of place and isolation was immense, as was the beauty that surrounded us.
Greenland was a particular surprise. It’s huge – everything is magnified … size, colour, shape and form, it’s like no where I have ever seen before. Icebergs tower majestically, blue skies meet glass -like lagoons and oceans.
We were so fortunate with the weather, everyday the sun kissed the snow capped mountaintops surrounding us, creating incredibly beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Bare-armed we drank cold beers on the boat’s deck with new friends in the afternoon sun, watching icebergs and glaciers pass us by. Every minute in this wonderful environment became a legend that will stay with us forever… We cried, laughed and celebrated with friends onboard at morning, noon and midnight.
Sleep was brief, for the excitement of the environment and the promise of the next day could not come soon enough. When we did finally drift off to the ebb and flow of the gentle tide, we were awoken by announcements that the Northern Lights were dancing overhead.
I said it was a life-enhancing experience, but I would go as far to say it was also life changing. When you see what we saw, you cannot help but change your perceptions on the world. It alters your very soul.
This is why, for the last 14 months, TarajiBlue have been working on a documentary of the Arctic. Featuring footage shot entirely on location, and with an original and exclusive score from Alistair Knock, it’s been a labour of love and one that we are eager to share – not only with fellow passengers of the MS Expedition, but also with friends we know, and friends we are yet to make. We hope, that by sharing this footage, we can share the incredible beauty of the Arctic and help the world to realise why we must protect this most precious and fragile resource for future generations.
Our documentary is called ‘Into the Arctic’ and it is freely available to view on Vimeo. We would really love to hear your feedback – please do let us know what you think, both of the feature and of the Arctic itself.