To drive by the light of the midnight sun, to race for life through forest fires caused by storm lightning, to be 15 hours at a time at the wheel, and to be caught in an Arctic heat wave and tormented by mosquitoes in what is known to us as the land of eternal snows, were among the recent experiences of an intrepid English woman, Mrs. Victor Bruce, who accompanied her husband and a companion in a 6,000 motor tour through the Arctic zone.
Through Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Lapland, and Finland, the motor party journeyed to 270 miles north of the Arctic Circle, prepared for freezing weather. To their continued astonishment the temperature was never less than 90 degrees in the shade.
The intention was to reach the Arctic Ocean, but 40 miles of marsh country on the coast prevented this. An average of 210 miles a day was made on the journey, which was arduous in the extreme, ahd at one time the car had an actual race with death among the forest fires in Sweden over terrible roads.
Coming nearer home, a Melbourne woman, Miss Louise Good, is at present conveying an American woman tourist through Central Australia in a baby light car. Miss Good is a clever driver, and the little car has made several interstate voyages already. The present route is through Western Queensland, branching off to Alice Springs from Cloncurry, and thence down the centre of the continent to Adelaide.
Source: The Examiner (Launceston, Tas.)