The Polar Extremes

Another reason New Zealand is awesome

My 11-year-old son just got back from a 3-day school camping trip. No waivers, no permission slips, no way for the parents to contact the campsite, no cell phones, no nothing… Just hiked 5 hours off into the wild to camp. Here’s what he did:

- Archery
- Shot guns
- Bungee
- River rafting
- Cooking
- Rope Course Survival (crossing rivers while hanging off ropes)

Anyway, New Zealand is very outdoorsy… and everyone does not seem to be suing everybody for every little thing… no one talks about lawyers and nonsense — it’s so wonderful… Every Thursday, Ethan takes his snowboard to school… anything goes around here… a very active, social, and outdoor-related community!

Daily Photo – The Polar Extremes

I’ve never been all the way to the North Pole or South Pole. I am curious, but I don’t think I’m into the extreme cold. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good photo ops for all the trouble you have to go through. So, anyway, this is about the closest I have gotten, up at the northernmost tip of the Northwest Fjordland of Iceland. I know you can get even further, but not without a series of boats or flights…

This photo was taken about 4 AM during the summer solstice.

The Polar Extremes Iceland

The Polar Extremes

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000894619049 John Foster

    looks so desolate and very ends of the earth – so to speak. Almost like there is nothing over the hill, maybe the flat earth society are right lol

  • susan ratcliff

    Beautiful – moody shot – love it – if I had a blue,teal,grey room I’d get this as a print!

  • Michele

    And the fares are freaking ridiculous, as we experienced. Euros100 per person (one way) to boat across to Hesteyri which is on the other side of the fjord from Bolungarvik. We didn’t want to swim back, so it was another Eur100 to return to the mainland. ;.)

  • Mark Overy

    I immigrated to New Zealand about three years ago from England, my family is very bookish and we don’t do anything physical really. No camping, shooting, fishing, etc. In the last year, I have been infected with the outdoorsy kiwi spirit and have taken up archery, hunting, scuba diving, spear-fishing, canoing, hammock camping, motorbiking, sailing and fishing. So I agree with you 100%.

    I just finished a small three-day tour to Fiordland (have you met our sandflies yet?) and one of the petrol station till attendants asked about the canoe on the top of the pick-up (another NZ influence) and we started talking about fishing. A guy I met on a dive course was a printer, and hunted. It’s simply a thing that people are more active here.

  • Casper van Zyl

    Looks cold enough,I can handle it as long as I’m dressed for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Doriesmom Gail Stayton Moshier

    Great job, Trey. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.oliveras.7 Dave Oliveras

    Your photographs are extraordinary. I’ve just turned my attention to HDR and think I found the exact right place to start learning. Thank you so much for sharing all this wonderful stuff! Keep up the great work!

  • Alistair Nicol

    Didn’t you make it out to Siberia too?

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrAndyBird Andy Bird

    Hi Trey, glad to hear that you and the family are enjoying NZ so much :)

    I wish that more youngsters would get the opportunity to the outdoors thing here in Scotland – weather aside, Scotland is very similar to NZ but so few people seem to take advantage of it.

    Nice to see the photos are still ace – maybe i’ll pop back a bit more often to see more!
    Take care!

  • http://deysonortiz.com Deyson

    I would love to move there. It sounds heavenly. :) Congrats Trey!

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