In an adventure of a lifetime, Alexander Armstrong heads north into an ever more hostile Arctic winter to explore the farthest reaches of the globe. In an epic journey, he navigates some of the Earth's toughest terrain, first travelling through the glittering landscape of Scandinavia then on to the isolated islands of Iceland and Greenland, as far as the infamously treacherous Northwest Passage.
His final frontier is Canada and Alaska, where his journey ends on the international dateline between the USA and Russia. His travels will form a major three-part series for ITV in autumn 2015.
It's a voyage that takes Alexander halfway around the planet, experiencing many of its natural wonders and living alongside some of its more extraordinary people.
Getting stuck in wherever he goes, he learns from the marines how to survive wildly unpredictable weather and temperatures as low as minus 40°C, drives along a hair-raising 800-mile road that's a river in summer and takes a plunge in freezing Arctic waters. And that's all before wrestling Viking style with a sporting legend called Eva as part of a traditional Icelandic winter festival.
Combining adventure and humour, Land of the Midnight Sun is an entertaining travelogue that takes readers on an exhilarating journey to this rarely seen corner of the world. It is an exploration of man's relationship with the harshest climates, set against the stunning backdrop of the Arctic landscape.
©2015 Alexander Armstrong (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
interesting, honest, funny
This book was really different to what I was expecting. I hadn't really warmed to the author previously when I had seen him as a quiz master in tv shows so downloaded this rather dubiously but in the book he came across very well. I live in the arctic circle and was interesting to see what he would make of the people in the neighbouring areas. It was reflective and insightful, it is obviously a whistle stop tour but you get a real feeling of how the people he came in to contact with came across. The book is also very funny, in stand up there would be a point after the comic made a joke where they would stop allowing for things to sink in and laughter to bubble up. However in this he says things that are funny and moves on to the next. He is very descriptive too. I would have happily listened to many more hours of this.
I like AA on the telly and love travel bòoks so had to give this a try, it was OK but just OK.. A bit bland, never really seeking ot the interesting or personal stories related to the region so a bit boring in places.. 3 stars and that is about right..
I didn't find I learned very much about the culture of the places or could imagine myself there. It was just a lot of Alexander Armstrong describing the cold - more stand up comedy than good travel writing.
I have enjoyed listening to this book a couple of times it was so good!
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