Reindeer and Snow Castles
Trip Start Jan 19, 2013
8Trip End Jan 26, 2013
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We drive for about an hour to our ice hotel, making a quick stop at a souvenir shop along the way. The hotel is stunning, and we first enjoy a guided tour of the property – peeking into the suites and other rooms, but mostly marveling at the artistry that went into all the carvings and illumination
After dinner we cavort around the hotel, sliding down the ice slide and taking photographs of the beautiful decorations. Then we don all our heavy gear and head outdoors to hike down to a frozen lake where we will be in a clear area with the best chance to view the Aurora Borealis. The sky is clear, the stars brilliant, and the moon waxing to about ¾ full. Unfortunately, no sign of the Northern Lights tonight. One of us has paid to have automatic text message updates to his cell phone, so we will be alerted throughout the night if the Northern Lights become visible.
We return to the "warm room" to chat before turning in for a night in our ice rooms or suites. Each of us is issued a thermal liner and an arctic sleeping bag that is mummy style. There is a soft mattress on the block of ice, and once zipped into the bag it is toasty warm and most comfortable. I have a really great night’s sleep, glad for the experience!