Greetings from the Arctic hinterland, where I have been ensconced with the Sami. Today we will travel with thousands of reindeer as they migrate to the coast in search of fresh summer grazing. However be assured that with the use of my patent pomade I am maintaining a stiff albeit upper lip regardless!
After a liberal application of my patent Stiffener I resolve to return to the Arctic the following year, renewing my quest to search out the fabled South East passage! Note to self to carry more fruit!
On board a leaky old steamer that rumbles, rolls and reeks of rotten fish. It’s taken us four days to reach Tromso, a small town known as the gateway to the Arctic and the expeditions start point. A last chance for a bath and a fairly decent night's sleep before tomorrow’s early start. Time and tide, what? C.F.