NWS staff Kate Waite returns to the icy mist of Svalbard aboard the M/S Freya
I love maps; they always hold such potential for adventure. In particular I love the old maps of the north drawn by Olaus Magnus. His cartographic depiction of Scandinavia was from a time where what lay beyond the edge of land was from the imagination and not Google Earth. Surely these wild seas hide fantastical monsters beneath menacing waves? Returning to Svalbard I knew we wouldn’t find monsters but hoped once more to find extraordinary beasts at the top of the world.