Jukkasjarvi, January 2011. Its -28C, around 10pm. Helena and I are out walking on the frozen lake. And a little dream of mine comes true! We get treated to a spectacular show of the elusive Northern Lights!!
And no, I didn't take any pictures. I just stood still and watched. Here is a pic off the internet that gives you an idea of what they were like.
Our night in the Ice Hotel room of -5C was happily event free. It was cold in the room but warm in the sleeping bag. I slept better once I figured out that you can make the face hole in the sleeping bag smaller. Much more comfy and considerably less draughty. The toilet break at 3:30am was an experience as I had to walk through the hotel (-5C) and then outside (-20C) to get to the Dressing Room area in the warm section of the hotel - JUST IN MY THERMAL UNDIES! Think camping but in the arctic circle. In the morning we were woken with a cup of hot ligonberry juice. Yummo!
And then at lunch time the Bron arrived. O happy days!
Off to the snowmobiles! What an adventure. For 2 hours we snowmobiled over frozen lakes and through fairy tale forests which have been untouched for years. "Into the wilderness" as our guide put it. All in the dark with a full moon. The snow was all sparkly and thigh deep. It was so cold on the home stretch that Helena literally started to freeze. Put it this way, its around -28C and then you are on a snowmobile going around 55km out on a lake which is frozen solid. We were only 400km from the Russian border - I got a real kick out of that.
|A frozen Helena - note the icicles on her eyelashes and frozen hair!|
|Snow suit up!|
|Waiting for our guide - its 4pm|
|Moi! (its blurry coz our hands were frozen!)|
I willl leave you with some more pics of the Ice Hotel. Thanks Bron for a lovely time in the Swedish Wilderness.
|Sun rising over the hotel at 12|
|Entrance to Ice Village|
|Full moon over Ice Hotel at 3pm|
|Ice Hotel Entrance|
|Little Cabin where we spent our second night|
|Ice Hotel Chapel|
|Themometer outside our cabin just before we left at -27C|