Cees Apon Outdoorlife Website | Living in scenic Norway since 2006

 2017

Iceland


 2016

Around the World
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 2015

Patagonia


Antarctica

 2014
01 Oct 2014 - Polar bears, Islets and Fjords
A voyage with Hurtigruten "M/S Fram"

A 1,800 nautical miles long sailing with expedition cruise ship M/S Fram from Longyearbyen on Svalbard in the north - 78 degrees - to Bergen in the south - 62 degrees. I am so lucky that I got the opportunity be part of the ship's "Ekspedition Team".
There are no words that can describe my feelings. The joy of being able to experience nature's treasures, do something you enjoy so intensely and contribute to creating memorable guest experiences is just simply overwhelming.

Enjoy my moments.

12 July 2014 - Svalbardian dessert

I had to return to the Arctic, to the island of the Midnight Sun, to experience the summer at 78 degrees north, to take some beers with my new friends, and to collect the rest of my equipment left here at 1,300 kilometers from the North Pole. I enjoyed a week-long 'Svalbardian dessert', topped with a boat trip to Pyramiden.


14 June 2014 - Thank you Svalbard!

My year on Svalbard has come to an end and I can now call myself an Arctic Nature Guide! New adventures are awaitening, and I am sure some of them will be on Svalbard.

In this post I shared a video with a summary of this unforgettable year in the Arctic.


13 June 2014 - Summer ski trip

The Arctic Nature Guide-course last trip: summer skiing with 20 friends and family members in 'the home of the Trolls'. The final test for 20 soon freshly baked guides. A trip that required more organization and involvement than any other trip we have been on. 100% prepared, zero error margins. A wonderful journey through white-out and blue ice glacier crevasses.

18 May 2014 - Last snowmobile trip

One month of midnight sun and counting! Spring has finally arrived on Svalbard. We are enjoying long, hot (0 degrees) days. Enjoy some pictures from the beautiful east coast of Spitsbergen during my very last snowmobile trip.


11 May 2014 - Trollheimen ski expedition

Back from a fantastic 6 day glacier ski expedition with 10 lovely Norwegian guests. It has been a joy to guide them through magic Trollheimen ('home of the Trolls).


30 April 2014 - Noorderlicht

This week, I was so fortunate to visit the beautiful two-masted schooner 'Noorderlicht' and here lovily Dutch crew. I will definately spend more time on this ship!


20 April 2014 - Svalbard Easter
I have spent the holidays guiding in all directions at all hours with a wide range of interesting guests. In particular, there are three unique ‘attractions’ that I would like to share with you. Partly because they made my guests gaze in awe, partly because they made me fall in love with this far corner of the world. Join and enjoy these wonders of nature: polar bears, glaciers and the midnight sun:

12 April 2014 - Magic evening moments

In just a week the sun will shine 24 hours a day. Svalbard is a paradise of light and we are enjoying magical evening moments telling us spring is on its way. I feel priviledged to be able to share these moments with you.


9 April 2014 - Svalbard seen through the eyes of guests

Last week, Jesper and Maarten came all the way from Australia and The Netherlands, giving me the opportunity to share some of the finest Svalbard has to offer.


3 April 2014 - Skiing the Arctic cold

Finally news from the high Arctic, where it has been really cold lately. Skiing and camping in -20 to -30 degrees Celsius has been challenging, but extremely instructive for the Arctic Nature Guide students.
A photo and video impression from our 8-day ski expedition.


9 March 2014 - Private guiding

Last week, I was blessed with a visit from my girlfriend. For five days, I tried to be a good private guide, offering a memorable 'Svalbard in a nutshell'-experience including dog sledding, ice caving and an overnight snowmobile safari to Barentsburg.


3 March 2014 - Snowmobile guiding

I started working as a snowmobile guide, as part of my Arctic Nature Guide practice placement. Already on my first day I was extremely lucky, seeing the sun for the first time since October, and spotting my first polar bear!!


1 March - First ski expedition

A fresh report about our first ski expedition, learning about skiing with a pulk, winter camp routines, snowcave digging, glacier travel and companion rescue, GPS navigation, avalanche risk and routefinding.
Our basecamp was lightened up by northern lights and the first glimpse of the returning sun.

18 February 2014 - Polar bear tracks

Having bought a snowmobile, the East Coast of Spitsbergen called for a visit. It turned out to be an exciting trip, with an overnight in a small cabin surrounded by fresh polar bear tracks.


13 February 2014 - Avalanche course

Yesterday, it rained in the Arctic, and temperatures reached 5 pluss degrees. January has been 14 (!!) degrees warmer than normal. We should learn to adapt to a changing environment.
In preparation for our 8-day ski expedition next week, we practiced an avalanche rescue operation.


8 February 2014 - Sea ice rescue training

The fjords are freezing, turning into natural ice plains, which can be used as travel and transportation routes, on ski's or with snow mobiles. But can the ice be trusted?
This week, the Arctic Nature Guide students practiced on a rescue operation on sea ice.


3 February 2014 - Our first attack

Forceful winds destroyed the almost 2 meter high leewalls we had build to protect our tent camp against the worst gusts.


31 January 2014 - The lights of Svalbard

A new blog post, devoted to tent life affected by the many different and special light phenomena on Svalbard.


26 January 2014 - Guiding under the mother of pearl clouds

My first trip as a guide for real guests (!!) became a magic trip under 'the mother of pearl' clouds. A rewarding experience that just wants me to have more of the good stuff.


22 January 2014 - Home is where the tent is

After a week on Svalbard, things are getting quite settled in our tent. It's a weird life, under weird conditions. So, not so weird that I love it.


16 January 2014 - Back on Svalbard

Back on Svalbard, where the Polar Night has painted the sky pitch dark. The first pictures of our tent and home for the next 5 months.

 2013

2 November 2013 - Northern Lights

This week, a dream came true: experiencing the magic Northern Lights. Words are not enough, so check out the pictures


Ice-caving at Longyear Glacier


8 Day hike to Barentsburg

Most read in 2013


Glacier Course on Nordenskiöld Glacier




Dogsledding on wheels


Longyear & Lars Glaciers


Introduction


First impressions


Ready for departure

 2012


Sightseeing in Melbourne & Sydney (Australia)


11-day roadtrip from Melbourne, following the Great Ocean Road,
crossing The Outback to Uluru, and back to Melbourne



17-day roadtrip Northern & Southern Island (New Zealand)


5-day hike Nelson Lakes National Park (New Zealand)


Roadtrip West Coast New Zealand (III)
Pancake Rocks & Mt Bruce


Hike Akaroa (New Zealand)


Roadtrip West Coast New Zealand (II)
Glaciers & waterfalls


9-day roadtrip Northern & Southern Island (New Zealand)


Beaches around Christchurch (New Zealand)


Roadtrip West Coast New Zealand (I)
Pancake Rocks


Roadtrip East Coast New Zealand


Sightseeing Christchurch (New Zealand)


Easter 2012 - West Coast (Norway)


Ice fishing Kvikne (Norway)


Ice-skating in Gudbrandsdalen (Norway)


 2011
posts before 2012 are all in Dutch ()
Familiebezoek
(Noorwegen)
Excursie Nationale Parken (II)
(Noorwegen en Zweden)
Excursie Nationale Parken (I)
(Noorwegen)
Studietijd in Ås
(Noorwegen)
2011-2013 (overzichtspagina)
Zomer 2011
(Noorwegen)

Riga
(Letland)








Corsica
(Frankrijk)
(under construction)
Studietijd in Lillehammer (Noorwegen)
2008-2011 (overzichtspagina)

 2010
Schaatsen op natuurijs
(Noorwegen)
Roadtrip Noorse bergwegen
Lofoten & Vesterålen
(Noorwegen)
Birkebeinerrennet 2010
(Noorwegen)

Wintersportvakantie Lillehammer
(Noorwegen)
Studietijd in Lillehammer (Noorwegen)
2008-2011 (overzichtspagina)
 2009
Rakfisktraditie
(Noorwegen)

Wandelingen Lysefjorden - Preikestolen & Kjerag
(Noorwegen)

Campervakantie
Noord-Noorwegen
Nasjonale Feestdag in Bergen
(Noorwegen)
Skiweekend Hafjell
(Noorwegen)
Birkebeinerrennet 2009
(Noorwegen)
Wintersportvakantie Sjusjøen (I)
(Noorwegen)
Studietijd in Lillehammer (Noorwegen)
2008-2011 (overzichtspagina)
 2008
Studietijd in Lillehammer (Noorwegen)
2008-2011 (overzichtspagina)
Jøssingfjord
(Noorwegen)
Sogndalstranda
(Noorwegen)
Preikestolen (I)
(Noorwegen)
Werkvakantie Regio Stavanger (Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
Zomervakantie Santorini (Griekenland)
Lente in Hardanger (IV)
(Noorwegen)
Lente in Hardanger (III)
(Noorwegen)
Lente in Hardanger (II)
(Noorwegen)
Zeiltocht Noorwegen-Schotland (II)
Gletsjerskitocht Folgefonna (II)
(Noorwegen)
Kayakken op de Hardangerfjord (II)
(Noorwegen)
Kayakken op de Hardangerfjord (I)
(Noorwegen)
IJsvistocht Hardangervidda (II)
(Noorwegen)
Paasvakantie Nederland
(overzichtspagina)
Skikamp Hardangervidda (II)
(Noorwegen)

Doorkruizing Hardangervidda (III)
(Noorwegen)
Rørosmartnan
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (VII)
(Noorwegen)
Sneeuwgrottocht Hardangervidda (II)
(Noorwegen)
Skikamp Telemark (II)
(Noorwegen)
Assistent leraar Hardanger Folkehøgskule (Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
 2007
Kerstvakantie Nederland
Skåro (II)
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (VI)
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (V)
(Noorwegen)
Gletsjertocht Buerbreen (II)
(Noorwegen)
Trolltunga (II)
(Noorwegen)
Wandeltocht Hardangervidda (IV)
(Noorwegen)
Wandeltocht Hardangervidda (III)
(Noorwegen)
Assistent leraar Hardanger Folkehøgskule (Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
Fietsvakantie Noorwegen
Lente in Hardanger (I)
(Noorwegen)
Zeiltocht Noorwegen-Schotland (I)
Valle & Jomfruland
(Noorwegen)
Gletsjerskitocht Folgefonna (I)
(Noorwegen)
Lentefietstocht Hardangerfjord (II)
(Noorwegen)
Lentefietstocht Hardangerfjord (I)
(Noorwegen)
Hondensleetocht Hardangervidda
(Noorwegen)
IJsvistocht Hardangervidda (I)
(Noorwegen)
Beklimming Berakupen
(Noorwegen)
Skikamp Hardangervidda (I)
(Noorwegen)
Doorkruizing Hardangervidda (II)
(Noorwegen)
Doorkruizing Hardangervidda (I)
(Noorwegen)
Wintervakantie Finnmark
(Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
Skiën Røldal piste
(Noorwegen)
Iglootocht Hardangervidda
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (IV)
(Noorwegen)
Sneeuwgrottocht Hardangervidda (I)
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (III)
(Noorwegen)

Skiën op de Hardangervidda (II)
(Noorwegen)
Skikamp Telemark (I)
(Noorwegen)
Cursus outdoorlife Hardanger Folkehøgskule (Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
 2006
Kerstvakantie Lillehammer
(Noorwegen)
Simlebu
(Noorwegen)
Skåro (I)
(Noorwegen)
Skiën op de Hardangervidda (I)
(Noorwegen)
Trolltunga (I)
(Noorwegen)
Herfst & Watervallen (II) (Noorwegen)
Herfst & Watervallen (1)
(Noorwegen)
Gletsjertocht Buerbreen (I) (Noorwegen)
Wandeltocht Hardangervidda (II) (Noorwegen)
Wandeltocht Hardangervidda (1) (Noorwegen)
Cursus outdoorlife Hardanger Folkehøgskule (Noorwegen)
(overzichtspagina)
Fietsvakantie rond de Noordzee
Wintervakantie Bergen (Noorwegen)
 2005
Fietsvakantie Apeldoorn-Monaco
 2004
Fietsvakantie Geneve-Florence
 2003
Fietsvakantie Noorwegen