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An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive, stunningly beautiful Northern Lights - 'the true wonder of the world,' as she puts it.

Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia, and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books, she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth, where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 deg C.

With a box of crayons in hand, her journey takes her from train to boat, to husky-sled, to snowmobile, as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls 'the strongest point of the compass'. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile, speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean, she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice. Everywhere she goes, she asks about the mysterious Northern Lights.

Last on

Sat 12 Nov 2011 00:55 BBC HD

Music Played

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  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Serenade in E -Major op 22, Larghetto

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Norwegian Dances op 35 no 1 Allegro Marcato

  • Image for Terry Devine King

    Terry Devine King Flight of Fantasy

  • Image for Geirr Tveitt

    Geirr Tveitt 100 Hardanger Tunes: Suite No. 1 op 151. no 9 Langeleik Tune

  • Image for Christian Sinding

    Christian Sinding 6 Pieces, op 32 no 3 The Rustle of Spring

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Lyric Suite op 54 no 3 Nocturne

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg The Peer Gynt Suite 1 op 46: Anitra's Dance

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg The Peer Gynt Suite 2 op 55: Peer Gynt's Return

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg The Peer Gynt Suite 1 op 46: The Death of Aase

  • Image for Geirr Tveitt

    Geirr Tveitt 100 Hardanger Tunes: Suite No. 1 op 151. no 6 Alas My Girl

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Lyric Suite op 54 no 4, March of the Dwarfs

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces op 54 no 6, Bell Ringing

  • Image for Anders Nils Eira

    Anders Nils Eira Naranas

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Lyric Pieces op 54 no 4, Nocturne

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg The Peer Gynt Suite 2 op 55: Solveig's Song

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Last Spring, Op. 33, No. 2

  • Image for Geirr Tveitt

    Geirr Tveitt Piano Concerto No. 4, Op. 130, "Aurora Borealis": Fading Away in the Bright Night of Sprin

  • Image for Ole Borneman Bull

    Ole Borneman Bull Violin Concerto in E minor: Adagio

  • Image for Geirr Tveitt

    Geirr Tveitt 100 Hardanger Tunes: Suite No. 1, Op. 151. no 7: Consecration of the New Beer

  • Image for Edvard Grieg

    Edvard Grieg Ballade, Op. 24

    (arr. G. Tveitt)

  • CLIP: Husky Sleigh Ride

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    Joanna Lumley crosses the arctic circle on a sleigh with the aid of some eager huskies.

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Joanna Lumley
Presenter
Joanna Lumley
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Archie Baron
Director
Archie Baron

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