I don’t really like the term ‘bucket list’, but going to Norway in search of the Northern Lights is a trip that I know many people have dreamed of making, including me, particularly when you have programmes like Stargazing Live getting us all fired up about those ethereal coloured lights. So tomorrow morning I’m getting up at 4.30am (I KNOW) to go to Heathrow and get on the first of two planes that will take me to Tromsø, right at the top of Norway. And then I’ll be getting on a Hurtigruten ship, in search of the Northern Lights.
I’ve been to Scandinavia many times but this will be my first trip to Norway, so I’m very excited about that; there will be huskies and snow and because it’s a very relaxed kind of cruise, no dressing up for dinner or anything like that. I’ve decided to channel Saga Norén from The Bridge – you know, bed hair, functional dressing, that kind of thing (yes I know she’s Swedish not Norwegian, but you get the idea). The most important aspect of this trip, though, is of course chasing those elusive Northern Lights. Keep your fingers crossed that I find them, and I’ll be back on Tuesday to share my adventures.