Geelong Ferris Wheel
An Air Arctic plane flew us over the Arti Circle.
Our Blue Gums
I have included a few things to do
in and around Geelong
just in case borders are closed suddenly.
Visit the Otway Rainforest near Geelong
Lekhubu Island and its ancient Baobab trees
on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.
Sunrise at Botswana’s Lekhubu Island
Rise early to enjoy sunrise at Geelong
Go on an African Safari
Enjoy an a Down Under sunset near Geelong
Cruise into Glacier Bay and view Alaska’s
Explore the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre
From Fairbanks take a Chenna River Cruise
Fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot…
…coach to small community…
…of Wiseman inside the Arctic Circle.
an unusual and exciting
or daring experience
While planning our Canadian-Alaskan trip in 2018
we noticed that there were excursions
to Wiseman, inside the Arctic Circle.
So while many of our travelling companions
were heading home to Australia
a few of us were readying ourselves
for an extra day in Alaska.
Our flight to Coldfoot took around a hour
followed by a short coach ride
Wiseman is located 63 miles, or 101 kilometres,
north of the Arctic Circle.
While a very small community it was agreed by all
that the visit was well worth it.
And while certainly unusual and exciting experience,
but perhaps not quite daring.
While London is only 51.50 Degrees North…
…London is a massive 16,893 kilometres
I know readers will find this difficult to believe,
but it is true!
There have been times
when I have grumbled about the distance
we are from many parts of the world.
However, this is one of the few times I am pleased
there is distance between Australia
and other parts of the world.
It is difficult to imagine that we travelled from…
… nearly, the bottom of Australia…
…to Wiseman, Alaska,
about 100 kilometers…
…inside the Arctic Circle.
These cabins are home…
…to the small population of Wiseman.
Google says it is 12,939 kilometres
from Geelong to Wiseman
as the crow flies.
…feel cold from the comfort of our coach,
it was snowing outside as we approached
Alberta’s, Columbia Icefields.
Nor did it feel cold while walking
on the Athabasca Glacier.
However, 63 miles inside the Arctic Circle
at Wiseman, Alaska, the sun was shining and
shirt sleeves were almost
the dress code of the day
Certainly the exact opposite of what we/I
expected weather conditions
that far north to be.
I am inclined to suggest that any journey
originating in Australia and visiting
the northern hemisphere
could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.
Last year’s travel to Canada took us about
16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island
an event we had not counted on.
Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.
Followed by the Red Carpet treatment
when boarding our
Gold Leaf Carriage.
Our Final day, not included in the tour,
was a visit to Wiseman,
a very small township
inside the Arctic Circle.
…38 parallel south of the Equator…
…it could be argued that our excursion…
…to Wiseman, Alaska, was nearly
at the North Pole.
After all we were 63 miles
or (101.389 Kilometers)
INSIDE the Arctic Circle.
Wiseman is 67.4100° North,
according to Google.