Before I started a new journey on the Camino de Santiago, I had an incredible flight from Vancouver to London over the Arctic. I’m not saying being cramped in coach for ten hours was all that fun, but having a window seat during a flight with mostly clear skies was certainly inspiring. During my previous trip to London, there were only thick clouds before the night assured there would be little else to see. I was very fortunate this time, and thought these scenes over ice, ocean, and land were amazing. I must preface this post by saying that I really don’t know exactly where these photos were taken so, for the most part, I’ll let the scenes speak for themselves.
The quicker route from Vancouver to London is over the Arctic and takes between 9 to 10 hours. These first two photos of mountains were actually in central British Columbia, Canada.
I’m sure this is a volcano. If someone recognizes it, please let me know. I would be very interested in finding out.
I always enjoy cool shots of wings with a scenic background. In case you’re wondering, I was never compensated by Air Transat but if someone is willing to send me on assignment somewhere, preferable to a sunny location, I would be willing to listen.
This is over Northern Alberta or the Northwest Territories. A land of lakes.
The Arctic Ocean. The ice on the brilliant blue water looks like art.
These photos are in order so this was a drier, and possibly warmer, location.
The low-level clouds, and sheets and rivers of ice look beautiful over the barren Arctic tundra.
I thought this view was amazing. I envy anyone who has the opportunity to fly to these remote locations and spent some time. One day…
The Arctic Ocean
The Arctic Ocean is the smallest of the world’s oceans covering an area approximately the size of Russia. In fact, some oceanographers refer to the Arctic Ocean as a sea. However, it’s five times larger than the Mediterranean. Since much of the Arctic is covered year-round by ice, and with the extremes of light through the seasons, there are living species both below the surface of the water, and on ice and land that are not found anywhere else. Warmer temperatures in the air and water cause ice to melt and retreat which in itself attracts new species. It also opens more of the Arctic to ships and the land to exploitation.
I wonder what it’s like to walk around this remote island in the Arctic.
A favourite shot as I was lucky to zoom in on the frozen river.
A beautiful sunrise to start the day in London—or so I thought…
as we flew closer to the UK, the clouds thickened and…
by the time I arrived to London Gatwick, it was pouring rain. That was okay because I enjoyed the flight, and made the best of my short time in London which included a memorable visit inside Buckingham Palace. The next day, I flew to Biarritz in the southwest of France to begin my new journey on the Camino de Santiago, this time, on the Camino del Norte. I hope you enjoyed this post as it’s the first time I have taken photos from the air.
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