Wildlife is a particular passion for us and we actively seek out experiences which will (hopefully) bring us up close and personal with a range of local animals. I’m going to jump around, both chronologically and geographically to share with you some of the awesome wildlife encounters we have had.
I have a thing for puffins! They are comical looking birds with brightly coloured beaks, short wings and sad expressive eyes. When they fly they beat their wings extremely rapidly, resembling clockwork toys. They are very amusing to watch. Wherever we travelled where puffins were known to nest we made attempts to see them. We had an abortive trip in July 1984 to the remote island of Røst off the coast of northern Norway. When we arrived after a very long-boat trip, an immensely dense fog descended and it was not safe for the puffin tour boats to go out! Røst is very small and flat and positively reeks of drying fish, so we left.