Hotel Arctic Eden
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... days. We are all extremely excited and can't wait for tomorrow morning when our trip officially starts. After dinner we went out to meet some of the dogs - they are absolutely adorable and much smaller than I had imagined. Most are pure-bred Siberian Huskies, but some are mix breeds. Apparently the mix breeds are stronger and have more endurance, but fare less well in extreme cold weather.
We fell asleep with the howls of huskies guiding us to dreamland.
... and am in desperate need of a coffee or at least something hot. Big problem I have now of course is walking into a coffee shop draped in mud just would not be right and lucky for me I see a chap washing down the streets with a high pressure hose in the town of Muonio and so head over to him.
This chap was great and hosed me and the bike down. Of course with all that mud caked on us both he mainly only took the worst of it off but at least I looked a bit more ...
... reindeer herders which is a continued tradition today. Their whole life seems to involve reindeer, whether it be breeding them, killing them, eating them or using them for tourist reindeer sleigh trips. Before modern technology, the Sami used reindeer for clothing, jewellery, furniture in the teepee and trading. Today, they have special rights for farming reindeer and hunting. So it felt right that we should get a little closer to these beautiful animals, by way of a ...
... again I went straight to bag drop and left my case in.
I then had to rush through security - although I would have had plenty of time as I had almost an hour after leaving my bag off. I arrived at the gate and had to wait 25 minutes to board.
Thankfully the flight itself was uneventful although when got home the weather was horrendous - strong winds and heavy rain.
... is covered in Metres of thick snow, temperatures get down to 40 or 50 below zero and people travel by dogsled or snowmobile, for a few weeks in winter the sun doesn't even rise and northern lights whip through the sky. And right now in the summer although its still chilly, most of the snow melts, lakes unfreeze and for a few weeks the sun doesn't even go down! We thought that finished a week or two ago but we were wrong, the sun doesn't sink below the ...