Hi guys! In this new series on my blog, I’m collaborating with bloggers from around the world asking them:
“Where’s one of your favorite places you’ve traveled to?“
This week, I interviewed Kelly Duhigg, who runs the blog Girl with the Passport. She had an amazing adventure in Sweden and here’s what she had to say about it:
ICEHOTEL, Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
I recently visited the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, and immediately fell in love with this enchanting, winter wonderland. Not only is the hotel magnificent, with rooms that each have a unique design that is carved completely out of ice, but the atmosphere of the complex itself is both enchanting and peaceful.
Here, you feel a true kinship with nature as you watch the northern lights dance through the sky above the Torne River. And, at 200 km above the Arctic Circle, you really feel removed from the everyday insanity and anxiety that the chaos of the city has to offer.
But, above even the location, and the fact that this is the largest ice hotel in the world, this place has a warm and welcoming spirit that makes you feel like you are a part of this unique Arctic family. Little personal touches, like printing out a certificate to indicate you survived a night in the ice hotel, or staff bringing you a nice warm cup of loganberry juice, make you feel like this unique hotel is your home, even if it is only for a night.
Go Dog Sledding
One of my favorite activities was dogsledding along the Torne River. As you glide along the ice in the dogsled, you feel as though you have traveled back in time, to a simpler time, when it was just you and the pulse of nature all around. It also helped that the dogs were adorable and really friendly. I think I nearly got my face licked off when I went over to pet them. An amazing experience that I will never forget.
Feed The Reindeer
Another wonderful experience was feeding reindeer lichens at the local Sammi Cultural Museum. The great part about this museum is that not only can you learn about local traditions and customs, but you can actually get in the pen with the reindeer and feed them. Such a lovely experience that I never would have had if I didn’t stay at the ICEHOTEL.
Explore the ICEHOTEL
Another great part of the ICEHOTEL is that it’s almost like a living museum of ice sculptures. Each room has unique ice sculptures and designs that are fun to explore, so it is nice to just walk through the hotel and take pictures of all the rooms and admire the beauty that lies within.
Sounds pretty amazing to me! If you’re interested in learning more about the ICEHOTEL you can check out their website. And, make sure to follow Kelly’s blog to keep up with her adventures!