This was the most amazing experience ever, there is nothing we can fault. Amazing snow, the Northern Lights (on 3 nights), fantastic food and accommodation and wonderful guides for all activities. The 2 day dog sledging was the highlight and a full on adventure from beginning to end.We loved it and would love to go back for more.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Seeing the Northern Lights is inspiring and can't be described. You just have to lie back in the snow and enjoy it for yourself.
Skidooing at full speed over a frozen lake is exceptional, if you like that sort of thing, and the scenery is breathtaking. The snow shoe walking was a lovely way to get into the quiet wilderness and experience it's full beauty, but the best experience was the 2 days with the dogs. It's a full on experience, with the dogs being the most important part. You care for them, feed them, bed them down for the night and want to take them all home at the end. Sleeping in a hut in the middle of nowhere was great and there is even a sauna which was very sureal. Walking back from the long drop at night, with only a head torch for light and 24 sets of dog eyes staring at you is also something we will never forget.
Each guide we had for each experience was friendly, informative and spoke wonderful english and the food throughout was amazing. Even in the middle of nowhere we eat wonderful moose stew while sat around our camp fire, on seats we'd made from snow and covered with skins.
The Ice Hotel is almost an added bonus. It's a real one off. We had great fun, got a little giddy on the most expensive vodka's ever and were amazed at it's construction and beauty. Sleeping at -5 was ok, we got a good nights sleep (possibly helped by the vodka) and we awoke the next morning to find a perfect snow cone in our room from the air vent. It was all fantastic.
- What did you think of your group leader?
We had a different leader for each activity which worked well as they knew what they were talking about.
Cecilia loved snow so was the perfect person to teach us how to build igloo's. It's just a pity for her that the northeren lights came out as we sort of lost interest in our igloo and just stared at the sky.
Ann-Sofia was the owner of the dogs so taught us well. We felt safe at all times and had full trust in our teams.
Our skidoo guide said we all drove well and was happy for us to go at which ever speed we wanted over the lakes, which for us was full trottle. He slowed us when necessary and guided us well through the forests and over the bumpy bits.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Invest in some good thermals (especially the type with thumb holes which come over your hand) the cold finds all your exposed bits!
Layers, about 3 under your suit (which they provide as well as boots, hat, gloves and balaclavas) and good socks. Your feet do get cold when your not moving about. Ski gloves which have gloves inside mittens are a good idea.
Take extra camera batteries and keep them and the camera inside your outfit. The cold kills the battery life very quickly and you need to take photos, lots of them.
Buy some duty free on the way out if you like a drink, it is very expensive
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
Allow your inner child out. Treat it as one big adventure and enjoy every second of it.
We made snow angles, we pushed each over in the snow and threw it at each other, we even dived into the snow after our sauna. We made the most of every part of it and did not stop smiling.
You may never experience it again so go for it.