I'm S'no Angel

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
Trip End Nov 29, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Lapland,
Sunday, March 7, 2010

At 7.30am the staff come around with a hot lingonberry drink, which is delicious and really warms you up. Just what you need when you have slept in a room that is -5. We have to get out of the warm sleeping bag and head for the warm dressing rooms for a toasty sauna. They also provide a buffet breakfast, which is probably the best buffet breakfast I have ever had, bacon, eggs, vitamin shots and much more. Once we refuelled we did one last inspection of the Ice Hotel and came across my favourite room, well to be honest I almost missed it, but that's why I have Mark he never misses anything! It was the Dinosaur room, which had amazing dinosaur sculptures and also a slippery slide. I had about three turns and Mark also had a go, we are both big kids at heart. We got the token photo of the knitted character and then picked up our diplomas to say we had stayed at the Ice Hotel in -5 in our room and -7 outside. Now it was time for a day of exploring this winter wonderland.

We drove to the oldest church in Lapland, Jukkasjarvi, built of wood and completed in 1608, it was lovely inside and had a very big organ. We then had another childish moment and made some more snow angels, before setting off through Abisko National park. As Mark was the designated driver he had to navigate his way through the bendy icy roads. It got quite bad as we got closer to the Norway/Sweden border. I was then in charge of snapping the scenic shots as we drove by. The scenery was picturesque and the large lake was completely frozen over. We braved the cold for some photo ops along the way, testing out the timer setting on the camera and the small tripod.

At the Sweden/Norway border we stopped to be in both countries at the same time. It starting snowing here and was very white everywhere. After this we turned around and starting the trip back to Kiruna airport. Along the way we stopped to see the reindeer and snow dogs and to also check out the ski resorts, I was a bit bummed that I forgot the toboggans. My favourite stop of the afternoon was stopping at Abisko National Park for a picnic in the snow. We found a ledge that had a little table, which was perfect for us. The ledge was on the edge of the river, it was frozen, and there was also a frozen waterfall that looked spectacular. The whole area was breathtaking and snow was covering everything. I then tried my hand at Ice sculpting, well I just got a photo, and then it was time to go to the airport.

I was a bit sad to leave as I had such a great time. It was an awesome experience and something we will remember forever.
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