The Aurora Zone Blog

A warm welcome in a cold climate…

Graham Hughes

Wednesday, 01 April 2015

Before my recent trip to Sweden my knowledge of Swedish cuisine was limited to the chef on the Muppet Show.

Who would of thought that in a mere four days I would have sampled everything from moose carpaccio, smoked reindeer pasta and delicious Arctic Char caught freshly out of the nearest lake.

And I haven't even mentioned the cinnamon buns yet...

grahamblog2

Perhaps the strangest thing about this is that I was not in Sweden on a food tour yet it was typical of the hospitality I received in Swedish Lapland where even a meal cooked and served in a tepee was as delicious as any I had ever tasted.

grahmblog1

 

All this culinary indulgence served to fuel me up for the main reason I was here however which was to make the most of a real life winter wonderland.

You really know that you are not in Kansas anymore when you arrive at Brandon Lodge and look out across the vast expanse of snow and ice in front of you and realise that it is the frozen ocean.

Shortly after that you have to pinch yourself again as you find yourself speeding across the "sea" on a snowmobile – this was the most fun I have ever had at the seaside!

grahamblog3

My adventures on the briny deep did not end there as I also enjoyed another new mode of transport - the hovercraft!

Doubling as the school bus for the families that live on the islands of the coast, the hovercraft trip to the edge of the pack ice was a noisy yet very smooth way to travel.

 grahmblog4

But my favourite way to enjoy the Arctic landscape is still one of the most traditional. I have previously been on a husky safari in Alaska, the home of the Iditarod - the world's last great adventure race. But it was here in Sweden at Isdimma Huskies (Sorbyn) that I met the happiest and gentlest huskies.

grahmblog5

Richard, their musher, and dare I say pack leader, was a fascinating guy to speak with and truly understands dogs. As well as absolutely loving the sensation of being pulled across a frozen lake by a team of professional athletes I learnt a lot as well. Or to put it another way since I have been back home the dog has not got up on my sofa once... not even when I have left the room!

graham6

Image credits: Graeme Richardson

Read 3833 times Last modified on Thursday, 18 August 2016

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

Get an expert opinion

The Aurora Zone was born from a desire to share Mother Nature’s greatest wonder with our clients. We’ve explored the destinations, researched the science, and fallen in love with the Scandinavian way of life. It’s our mission to pass this knowledge on to you, providing you with the very best chance of experiencing the magic for yourself on your Northern Lights holiday.

  • Specialist

    Aurora knowledge and experience

    Unique holidays, in the very best destinations

    Expert guides – exceptional local knowledge

    Advice and guidance every step of the way

  • Comprehensive

    We include more in our holidays than any other Aurora operator

    Price Comparison guarantee

    No ‘from’ prices, everything you see is included in the price

    No hidden extras

  • Independent

    Proudly Independent

    The original and still the only dedicated UK Northern Lights tour operator

    Personal, hands-on service

    Fair and sustainable work ethos

  • Trusted

    100% ATOL and ABTA protection

    Peace of mind promise

    Award-winning

    Responsible relationships

    Over 16 years’ experience

We use cookies to help us provide a better service for you. By continuing to use this site you agree to the use of cookies. Click here for more information