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From Arctic Circle adventures to an enchanting Dolomite hideaway, winter experiences include husky sledding, snowmobiling, ice fishing and northern lights safaris. Explore Iceland's thundering waterfalls and black sand beaches or visit Father Christmas in his time-honoured Finnish home. Stay in Sweden's famed Icehotel, experience the winter charms of Vermont or join the Golden Eagle train to discover Russia's captivating cities and the frozen beauty of the Norwegian Arctic Circle.

ICEHOTEL

As unique as it is transient, the Icehotel promises an unforgettable stay. Standing 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle it is created afresh each year by international artists - entirely hewn from ice and snow with no two Icehotels ever the same. From mid December to mid April, guests can spend one night in the Icehotel - the temperature remaining between -5 and -8 degrees - with further nights in the cosily contemporary Kaamos rooms or chalets. Glistening ice sculptures line pillared hallways hung with ice chandeliers, whilst individuall...

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Northern Lights

September to March is the prime time for viewing the Northern Lights, with the Lapland hinterland one of the best places from which to see them due to the lack of artificial light. Although a sighting cannot be guaranteed, from your vantage point 200 kilometres above the Arctic Circle you could witness these billowing curtains of colour pulsating across the night sky, a moving kaleidoscope of blues, greens and pinks. Choices of transport include a snowmobile tour, husky sled or Icelandic horses.

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Husky Sledding

Take an exhilarating journey through the remote Arctic landscape. A magnificent pack of Alaskan huskies pulls your sled to a wilderness camp deep in northern Lapland. Experience a mushers challenging lifestyle as you travel through ancient forests, with experienced guides on hand to point out local wildlife. Tours around the Jukkasjärvi region range from taster sessions to trips involving an overnight stay, with the option to command your own team of huskies for a supplementary fee. Dog sled transfers to and from the airport can also be arrange...

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Treehotel

The quiet forests that flank the Lule River Valley provide the setting for an exceptional escape. Hidden away among the trees lie the seven remarkable treerooms that comprise the Treehotel, a visionary concept brought to life by founders Britta and Kent, in collaboration with some of Scandinavia’s leading architects. Upon arrival, guests check in to the Guesthouse of Treehotel, before making the short stroll to their treeroom from a choice spanning the two-person Cabin, reached by horizontal bridge among the trees, and reflective calm of the pa...

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Snowmobile Tours

After a short lesson in snowmobile driving techniques, head out into the snow-bound forest around Jukkasjärvi for a guided local tour. Ideal for those who have never driven a snowmobile before, the introductory tour takes in miles of magnificent scenery where reindeer roam, stopping for a traditional lunch in one of the wilderness camps. Overnight tours are also available, along with a tour by snowmobile to seek out a sighting of the spectacular Northern Lights. Snowmobile transfers to and from the airport can also be arranged.

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South West Iceland

Iceland packs a lot into its compact frame, from other-worldly landscapes dotted with steaming geysers, geothermal pools and thundering waterfalls to the hip hang-outs of Reykjavik. Our itinerary provides the opportunity to explore the island’s contrasting faces by Super Jeep and snowmobile, visiting spellbinding volcanic landscapes, black sand beaches and unforgettable locations such as the therapeutic Blue Lagoon, Thingvellir National Park and the Gullfoss waterfall. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a glacier, go designer shopping in the colourful cap...

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San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge

Ensconced in forty two acres of woodlands and meadows, this tranquil hideaway in the Val Pusteria offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of mainstream Dolomite ski resorts. Accessed by an enchanting forest lane, the property is run with impeccable style by owners Giorgia and Stefano who have turned a former hunting lodge into a sumptuous refuge. Antique furnishings and modern fittings grace spacious rooms bedecked with exclusive textiles, each of the four habitations enjoying memorable vistas. Relax by the open fireplace in the lounge and ...

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