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... On the other hand, we were wearing our insulating overalls, massive boots, gloves and balaclavas - so perhaps the dogs were just laughing at the comical picture.
It was warmer this morning that the last few days, which is good news given that we won't have any electricity for the next 2 days. We received brief but thorough safety instructions before being shown how to drive our sleds. The word "drive" is used loosely here, as the only control the driver has over the sled ...
We arrived a few hours ago in Kiruna - finally, above the arctic circle. Only problem - it's freaking hot! It's almost 90 degrees and since the sun never goes down, there's no hope it will ever cool off. And, since we are in the arctic, there is no ac. Argh! Ok. So while the sun didn't set, it did start to burn somewhat less fiercely. By evening, it was nice to go outside. But totally weird to sleep through. Every time I woke up, I ...
... I plod and finally arrive into the town of Svappavaara where I turned onto the E10 towards the town of Kiruna and finally Norway.
So far its been a long day and as I head along this road my eyes are struggling to stay open and so i stop at a garage and buy some lunch and a what i thought was a large coffee!!!
Here at this garage was a self-service coffee machine and so I go and help myself. Simple, I decide on coffee. It then asks you "large or ...
... but maybe adding in a little health and safety with regards tourism on snow mobiles!). The Sami language is a member of the Uralic language to which Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian. Sami has 9 different dialects and each is spoken in each of the regions. It's a very rich language and the Sami have over 300 words for snow, in order to describe the kind of snow. Unlike in England where we have just 2 phrases-fresh snow & ****** brown slushy day after snow. The Sami ...
... to Abba Museum which was great (unfortunately the Stockholm Card is not accepted in it). Saw Gamla Stan (old town) and did some shopping in new town.
Signing off now as need to get some dinner before another early night.
11th December 2013.
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (Ice Room).
Here we are at Ice Hotel. Had a great time today - the flight was great and ...