This is my entry for the Penguin Wayfarer Competition - Going out I found I was really going in (by Sarah Thomas). Please head right over to ajourneyonfoot.com to vote me into the top 10, from which a winner will be chosen by Robert Macfarlane! Quick! Deadline approaching!
Look! Perched on the edge of the Arctic circle, a delightful cosy old wooden house to rest in for a day or a month, whatever your whim. It’s an ideal nest for viewing the sky dance of aurora borealis in winter, or a homely base for magical adventures during the endless daylight of summer. A writer’s retreat, or a family getaway…whatever your set up, it is surely a unique way to share in this precious corner of the world. One that is surprisingly easy to get to once you take the most important step of leaping into the unknown. As any visitor to Iceland will tell you, you shall be wholeheartedly rewarded - whatever the season. Take off your preconceptions, and put on your sturdy boots…come! It’s a world where nature is fully in charge and your own can come forth.
They cannot dive out of a cloud, nor clap their wings in thunderous applause. They know no urge of seasons; they feel no kiss of sun, no lash of wind and weather, they live forever by not living at all.