Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Art of Living: Lapland Dreams

Sweden is a place that I have always dreamt of travelling to and if I had to decide between summer and winter it would have to be winter, as I would love to go when it is covered in snow.  It must be quite magical with the snow covered forests and frozen lakes - a true winter wonderland.  Lapland isn't just where Father Christmas comes from...

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The Northern Lights can be seen clearly from Swedish Lapland - Laponia.  The winter phenomenon called Polar Night  is when the sun never rises above the horizon, during a 24-hour period so this is the time to experience the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, dancing across the dark polar skies – it would be such a beautiful sight to behold.

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Sweden is also the location of the ICE HOTEL.  I would love to see this feat of architecture.  It's hard to imagine sleeping on a bed of ice, no matter how many rugs - do you think hot water bottles are allowed!

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 There's another unusual place to stay which fills me with such awe and excitement as this is the ultimate tree house - the TREE HOTEL with different rooms of architectural wonder amongst the forest:

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The TREEHOTEL is firmly on my dream list - and families are welcome too! Activities can be arranged, including snowshoe hikes and dog-sled rides. That's a family adventure for future years.

There's plenty of resources online for planning your visit to Sweden, being a good place to start.

Little Scandinavian is a really inspiring blog with a travel section, including this post about Visiting Lapland which I found during my Lapland research.

This is part of the Art of Living series of posts that bring you all the things we are passionate about and the things we discover in our lives as mamas.

In our Wednesday Woo blog post series we present a selection of things from the Sisters Guild Boutique.

We also have a Monday Makery with ideas for things to make yourself.

And for a glimpse behind the scenes of Sisters Guild we have the A-Z of Sisters Guild here

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