Monthly Archives: January 2016

First seek ye the kingdom of pure practical intelligence

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Deep inside the Arctic Circle, approximately 160 miles north of the Arctic line, we stepped off the airplane and into the natural freezer compartment that is Finish Lapland. Blimey! It was jolly cold and you could literally feel the heat dissipating from your body while the adverse effects of exposure quickly set in. From one extreme to another, leaving behind plus 29 degrees Celsius to arrive in minus 20 degrees Celsius, we were on our winter wonderland adventure to see the portly chap himself and partake of all things Christmassy.

This is where the Northern Lights can be seen at their best, the Aurora Borealis, the planet’s natural firework show – but, unfortunately, we slept through that one on our first night so, the less said the better!

The snow was perfect with none of the slushy brown stuff that makes a British winter so miserable; the air was dry and although cold, we were toasty warm inside our several layers and onesy thermal suits.

Icicles as nicecles as these

Icicles as nicecles as these

We made the best of the weather with sledding and snowball fights, sucking on icicles and generally doing the sort of things we always dream about but never quite have the weather to do so.

We took a Husky drawn sled ride, rode in a landau pulled by a Reindeer, went crazy on snowmobiles, played ice-hockey, walked across the frozen river to Sweden (against all advice and our better judgement), saw the church from the Coke advertisement, ate, drank and generally made merry, walked back to Sweden again (across the bridge this time), took photos and made some amusing video footage of our sledging fun:

Snuggly-Buggly

Snuggly-Buggly – MUSH, MUSH!

All of which can be now be told in pictorial form for you to enjoy, just as if you were there yourself…

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Crossing the divide to enter Sweden

Crossing the divide to enter Sweden

Then back to Finland

Then back to Finland

As seen in some Coca Cola ad we are told.Swedish Church to us.

As seen in some Coca Cola ad we are told.Swedish Church to us.

The Santa Express

The Santa Express

And a couple of Santa's Elves whom, I might \add, I wouldn't mind finding in my Xmas stocking!

And a couple of Santa’s Elves whom, I might add, I wouldn’t mind finding in my Xmas stocking!

Once Business Class, one can never go back to Economy (cattle class)!

Once Business Class, one can never go back to Economy (cattle class)!

Suffice to say, it was all great fun and ticked several of those ‘things to do before you get too old’ off the list But what next?

2016 was warmly welcomed in traditional style, by going to bed early with a hangover from the previous night, but we believe this New Year will bring many surprises as we prepare to relocate. The upheaval has already begun and as we anticipate pastures new in search of more travel and adventure, where surprises come thick and fast,  we endeavour to remain on holiday – Forever!

Coming up, a link to some sledging madness!