Being met by glistening bright white fjords made the windy winter sail in the North Sea worth it as Firebird arrived in Tromso, the furthest northern city in Europe. The boat having been specially modified to be used as a mobile base for ski tourers meant we were more than ready for minus figures and several feet of snow on the deck and docking in this part of the world in February sometimes means you need to go hunting for posts to tie your lines to! *Picture Ollie*

So why Tromso as the base? Well as well as being Northern Norway’s hub, it also has plenty of amenities for those who want to ski and sail. We use a local rental shop – Tromso outdoor, for reliable equipment for our guests who are unable to travel with their own kit, and for those who do not already have an ice axe, shovel and probe it also comes in handy!

Fortunately for us, the sun finally made an appearance after 3 months of darkness, shortly before our arrival so as well as being able to see the decadent snowy fjords as we arrive, we also get an instant taste of the local food – sonnenbrot, sun bread, a jam filled doughnut to celebrate the return of the sun.