Here's a short list:
|Getting to know my dog team|
- you get to sleep in - or at least have a good excuse for doing so, when the sun rises at around 10.30 am and sets at around 1-1.30 pm - and in between it's sort of like a continuous twilight!
- sightseeing can generally be done indoors (at least in the major cities) - museums, galleries, shops and cafes
- in the snow, everything looks like the Christmas of my childhood fairy tales and Christmas cards. You can almost hear Bing Crosby crooning "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas . . ." as you travel around the snowy landscapes.
- you don't get the huge crowds that you do in mid-summer (with the minor exception of Christmas shoppers)
- the Christmas lights make up for the lack of daylight - and are, if anything, enhanced by the snow which serves as a great reflector!
- you can eat more - after all, you burn up calories to stay warm, right?
- the northern lights are only visible in winter - but the tricky lady has yet to appear (at least where I am - there are reports of faint lights only at the moment here in Kiruna - and only outside the town).
- you get to do fun things like dog-sledding, snow-mobiling - and eating reindeer stew at every second meal!
|Snowmobile night - dinner in uninsulated hut!|