Ditt Hotell Jarnvagshotellet
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... body and the rest all look like typical Siberian huskies. Lurwas is a figher and has the scars to prove it. He's got the cutest face, but the top of one of his ears has been bitten off in a previous fight. Mieke's dogs are Alice, Kim (a mix breed), Red and Black. The dogs are tiny, much smaller than we had thought. When we give them hugs (which happens a lot), they vanish in our layers of clothing.
Dog sledding is fun! My dogs are somewhat slower than the rest, but it does ...
... above a Sami cultural center. The Sami are the indigenous people of Lapland. It was interesting. Kiruna is a mining town. It has the largest underground iron-ore mine in the world, apparently. It's really weird and sci-fi like because the town is being moved as a result of the mine's expansion. This level of planning is freaky to see in real life. We are moving on today to Narvik, Norway. Ok. Not so fast. We have been sitting in a ...
... I head and I'm struggling to stay awake and so have just about decided its time to hotel in the town of Kiruna.
I look for lodgings in my satnav and sure enough it takes me to a few hotels etc but at 120 Euro for a little single room they can forget it and I decide to continue.
However I on leaving the town I noticed a wonderful old station that looked like it was still in use until very recently and one of the old buildings had been converted into ...
... The reindeer that Per keeps are wild not bred. He catches them via a lasso from a young age and over time 'tames' them, usually by putting stupid gullible tourists on a rickety sleigh attached to them. For our trip, Per picked one of the stronger, wilder males. It's easy to forget that these cute creatures are wild and it's incredibly dangerous attaching the sleigh to the reindeer. The reindeer will pull and fight to get away and when there's huge antlers flying around inches ...
... it is working (hopefully is and that I get some photos from it). At least I can get more photos of the Ice Hotel as I have a couple more memory cards with me.
I will sign off now so I can get more photos of the hotel before getting ready to sleep in my ice room.
12th December 2013.
Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden (Kaamos / Warm Room).
Survived the night in the Ice Room and ...