I can’t believe I am finally going. Some false starts and a lot of planning and now I leave Saturday on a trip I have dreamt of since I was a child. While growing up we spent summers in Norway with my Grandparents who had a farm/homestead at Voss. The old farm is long gone, covered with houses, and Voss is no longer the sleepy lake town I knew and loved in the 60’s. However the Scandinavian/polar bug has always been with me. For those of you who are interested in my route I have included a map for you. I start by flying to Oslo this Saturday and meeting up with my long time traveling companion Carol Peavey. We then travel to Tromso and from there to Longyearbyen, Spitzbergen north of the Arctic circle. We spend three days in Spitzbergen, touring the area looking for wildlife and exploring the old mining towns of the past. We then board our expedition vessel which will spend 15 days cruising the Arctic ocean , exploring the east coast of Greenland and finally docking in Iceland where we have three more days of touring before flying home. I hope to be blogging as I travel – internet dependent. Blog posts should pop up on Facebook. In case they don’t, my travel blog can be found at http://www.travelswithanne.wordpress.com I am looking forward to sharing the trip with you all!