My promotional post from the UK a few days ago had beautiful photos from Asia but none from the splendid Spitsbergen tour I'll be leading in July 2013. My friend and arctic expert Paul Stanbury of Naturetrek has been kind enough to send some to whet your appetites for icy adventure.
Polar bears in Spitsbergen by Paul Stanbury
This all seems a little other-worldly as from my hotel window in Lima I can hear the dithering trill of a tropical kingbird. This time next year I'll be packing for the pack-ice.