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Here in Scotland and even across much of Europe, people have struggled to find the winter conditions of old. There is still a place however, where the winter of our nostalgia lives-on strongly. Better still, this is a destination suitable for everyone, from families with young children, to couples seeking a romantic hide-out and even the seasoned adventure junkies.
Where is it you ask? Swedish Lapland in the far north of Sweden. It is one of the few ‘local’ destinations that truly offers the magic of a winter wonderland. We use the word ‘magic’ because Swedish Lapland truly is magical. In fact, it is a destination so far removed from our ‘ordinary lives’ that a trip here cannot fail to do exactly what a holiday should – create lasting memories and hit your inner reset button. This is a destination that offers a lot more than just great wintry conditions.
Lapland offers experiences that you simply cannot find elsewhere. In part this is due to the local culture, the people in this part of the world have a unique way of living and a very identifiable culture. The Saami people are the traditional reindeer herders who have inhabited this far northern corner of the world for thousands of years and they have left a strong mark on the region and the way of life that endures. Let us open up to you a new wintry world of adrenaline fuelled dog-sledding, cross-country skiing through silent pine forests, thrilling reindeer herding with local Saami people and even quiet contemplation by a crackling birch-wood fire in the snow with a hot lingonberry tea.
How about the rush of a snowmobile ride across frozen pack-ice to an ice fishing ground? Catch your own Arctic char (one of the most delicious fish in the world – a sort of cross between salmon and trout packed with many health benefits!). What trip to Sweden would be complete without traditional log-fired saunas and, for the brave, a dip in the frozen waters of a Swedish lake?! The Swedes swear by this invigorating cultural custom and many of our clients love to give it a go!
One of the most incredible experiences is to see the Northern Lights. This is a natural phenomenon that is almost ethereal. For many people seeing these dazzling displays of natural light, dancing across the night sky is one of the most amazing experiences of their lives. The experience is, as you might imagine, quite other-worldly and no two displays are the same. The Nordic Countries have some of the best Northern Lights ‘hot-spots’ in the world, so what are you waiting for? The experience of a life time is out there waiting for you.
Jonny from the Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions Team
Sandgrouse Travel & Expeditions specialise in creating carefully crafted holidays and adventures throughout the Nordic countries, from Iceland and Arctic Svalbard, to Norway, Sweden and Finland. The Sandgrouse Team will be joining our event with Will Copestake on 29 March, so if you are keen to find out more come in for a chat.