It started with landing in the snow in Stockholm, Sweden, a landing that I will never forget, and first time I have seen luggage in the baggage reclaim area covered in snow!
Headed up to Kiruna where the temperature dropped to -17°C, but had a great time in the snow and had the chance to go on a dog sled and a snow mobile! Then went to visit the Ice Hotel, which is built around October using the water from the nearby river!
Ice HotelThen it was time to travel onto Inari, Finland, for Christmas. The temperature dropped to -30°C, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the outdoor activities: ice fishing, tobagganing, playing cricket in the snow (we moved to indoor cricket after losing the the ball in the snow!), participating in the Finnish tradition of jumping in the ice lake and the highlight: seeing the Northern Lights which was magical watching the green glow that danced through the sky!
Drilling a hole in the ice
Heading south to Helsinki we stopped at a reindeer farm and the arctic circle, and when we got to Helsinki, the temperature was 1°C, which felt warm after -30°C! It was an amazing trip, and one I would definitely do again!