Pre-Summer at the Swedish West Coast

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Northwestern coast of Sweden, End of May 2020

From constantly being on the move, in both polar regions and tropical seas, I have, since my last Antarctic assignment, been having a good month of appreciated downtime at the Swedish west coast.



With its quiet nature and salty surrounding, this is the sweetest and most peaceful place for room and thought. 💙💦








It´s been 10 years!!

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Wonderful Planet Tellus, April/May 2020

It´s been 10 years since I started this blog! It feels like yesterday, when I thought of the idea of sharing my close and remote adventures in a blog-like setup... that was in April 2010, a decade ago!! Time flies!




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I started creating this page with the aim of sharing my life's various ventures in hope to inspire others in the same time as raising interest and awareness for wildlife and the beautiful planet we live on.





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The blog has almost become like a monthly photo-diary and it is fun to look back on the big variety of experiences and different wildlife encounters these past years have been filled with.

So thankful I am for each of these beautiful moments and all the amazing people these adventures have brought me to.



All blog posts can be found under "Archive" to the top-right, where you also can search the blog by using the above search column.




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Now I am very curious about what new exciting experiences that await ahead. In addition to exotic plans, the many unforeseen adventures that keep popping up make life even more wild and remarkable!




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Most important though is to live the moment, laugh every day and to treasure the beauty surrounding us here and now! 💙






Evacuation From Uruguay

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Montevideo, Uruguay - Orust, Sweden, Mid of April 2020

After 3 weeks at anchor, 10 nautical miles off Montevideo in Uruguay, we finally got the good news that an evacuation was about to happen. Fingers crossed we all should be off the ship soon...



Thanks to the hard work and collaboration between the Aurora team, the Uruguayan Government and different international embassies, several chartered planes were organised to safely get us all back home.

96 Australians and 16 kiwis were the first ones to get off in Montevideo, starting their travel back home, where 14 days of quarantine awaits.



A small week after our aussie- and kiwi friends got evacuated, it was time for the rest of us, 15 pax from different nationalities in Europe, as well as the US and Canada, to finally step off the ship.

By bus we then got police escorted through the city of Montevideo to the airport. How amazing to see the citizens of Montevideo being so involved and supportive of our evacuation!



Our chartered medical plane would bring us, via Miami, back to Europe. A plane set up into risk zones with divided sectors, where each passenger is seated by their covid-19 test result.

After such a long time aboard a virus-infected vessel, I feel fortunate as all of my test results have been negative, but regardless of the test results we are all in good health and in the best mood :-)







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40 hours later from when we left Montevideo, I finally find myself back at the Swedish west coast, where spring is flourishing as never before.

A warm thank you to Aurora Expeditions, the Uruguayan Government and the embassies for all the hard work in finding solutions to get us all back home. And of course, my biggest hugs (which I haven't been able to share in a very long time now!) to every single one of the amazing expedition team, who all kept an outstanding teamwork, kindness and high spirits despite the circumstances and many uncertainties onboard.

Very sad news reached us soon after we all reached our destinations. One of the crew members, who was hospitalised due to critical covid-19 symptoms, past away. My condolences to family and friends. R.I.P







Rio de la Plata, Uruguay

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Rio de la Plata, Montevideo, Uruguay, Beginning of April 2020

A small update from the expedition-cruise vessel, Greg Mortimer, which has been my temporary  home during this season's Antarctic trips which I joined on the 4th of February.

As mentioned in my previous blogpost, we had to cut short on our last Antarctic voyage due to the Covid-19 pandemic and therefore sailed north to Montevideo, in Uruguay, in hope to get all passengers and staff back home before South America closes their borders.

We arrived Rio de la Plata, which is the widest river in the world with its maximum width of 220 kilometers, on the 27th of March and have since then been at anchor 10 nautical miles off Montevideo.




Due to a medical evacuation, we got to know that we have covid-19 onboard, which made a normal disembarkation not possible. 

Thanks to the Government of Uruguay, we all got covid-tested onboard. Of total 217 persons, we got 128 positive and 89 negative test results. 6 medical evacuations have been made, but the rest of us are doing good despite the circumstances.



Meanwhile we do our best to keep the spirits up onboard, Aurora Expeditions, together with the Government of Uruguay and international embassies, is working hard to get us all safely back home. 

Thanks so much to everybody involved!





Predicted & Unforeseen Adventures

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Antarctic Peninsula, End of March 2020

After almost two months, mainly spent around the Antarctic Peninsula, it is time to say good bye to this remote wonderland for this season.





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As always, it has been a pure pleasure to share so many beautiful moments in nature with likeminded people. New for this season, is that I have been part of the colourful kayak team which has been awesome.



Kayaking is indeed one of the best and peaceful ways to experience and explore the Antarctic beauty!



Due to the awkward situation we all currently experience in the world, we unfortunately had to cut short on this last Antarctic trip. This in hope to get all guests and staff back home before South America closes their borders. This seems to be easier said than done though.

Meanwhile different solutions of getting us back home as soon as possible are investigated, we thrive on the many wonderful memories we have got from our recent time in Antarctica. How amazing life is with its many, both predicted and unforeseen, adventures!




To all of you during this current unpredictable time, stay safe and keep the good spirits up! Remember that everyday needs its portion of craziness and smiles. Below a couple of pics of some of the several polar plunges I so much have been enjoying these past couple of months ;-)





Antarctic Peninsula

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Antarctic Peninsula, February-March 2020

A brief update from the southern hemisphere, where the past 6 weeks have been spent around the beautiful and remote Antarctic Peninsula.



Together with the most wonderful expedition team, I am here guiding for Aurora Expeditions. We truly have had an amazing time these past weeks with curious wildlife encounters in scenic surroundings.

Each minute spent here is a pure privilege!






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Now a short changeover in Ushuaia before we head out at sea again for a last visit to the Antarctic for this season. Time to sign off from this short internet visit for another 3 weeks at sea!





Dancing On Water - Powered By Wind

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Noumea, New Caledonia, End of January 2020

Our time in New Caledonia has this time mainly been spent on investigating the potential of developing new projects and expeditions in the area. First later in the game, we get to unpack boards and kites in hope to finally enjoy the constant south-east wind for a bit.

Equipped with bikes and Christian´s homemade board bracket we so bike our way to the kite spot.




I realise that it again is over a year ago since last time I went kitesurfing. However, back on the water it almost feels like it would have been yesterday and the warm, steady trade wind provides a friendly `welcome back to the activity´ ambience.

It certainly feels wonderful to be dancing with water and wind again!






While kitesurfing we often see plenty marine life among the waves. Turtles and flying fish are what we have seen in bigger numbers the recent days, but also sea snakes and dolphins.

Powered by wind, I keep feeling a constant curiosity of what there is beneath the board. Mask and snorkel is the only thing needed to find the answer, which often is both wild and beautiful.



Life has its many surprises rolling in one after the other like a little train filled with wondrous events. This makes for a sudden changeover to continue the southern hemisphere's summer at "slightly" colder latitudes. The hunt for the perfect coconut to be continued... 😉