Flying from Moscow to Murmansk was like flying to another country. Here the city appeared grey and the leaden skies didn’t held with this first impression. But we were off onto the bus to take us out to the Sami people of northern Russia, the reindeer herders. Now we were within the Artic Circle and it was cold with snow and ice everywhere at the end of winter.
Rain and light snowy sleet greeted us once we started the drive across the ranges and into Milford Sound. Only one road in and out and it had been closed the week before because of the snow and threat of avalanches from the high mountains that the road winds it’s way through.
This is the junction of creeks at the beginning (or end depending on where you start) of the Routeburn Track. It’s one of the major walks in NZ after the Milford Track both which are in Fjiordland, NZ. It looks magical with the new snow.
With new snow on the ground we made out way up to the beginning of the Routeburn Track through this Beech Forest. Lots of trees across the road and the beginning of the track was such a mess of branches and fallen timber we stayed around the hikers hut for photography. Still it was magnificent.