The yelping reaches fever pitch. The driver barks out a command and suddenly the dogs are straining to gain traction on the icy snow. Then, with a smooth swish, you’re gliding through a winter wonderland.
If you are on your way to fulfil a lifetime’s promise to – one day – see the Aurora Borealis, then take a dog sled. For romance, a snow mobile can never match a team of huskies in full flight; their breaths hanging orbs in the frigid air, racing across great plains of pure, white snow. And when you do see the Northern Lights, you’ll realise that however you travelled this far north, the journey was entirely worthwhile.
But talk to Jo Abbott, one of our consultants on Sweden. If the Northern Lights aren’t your priority, she’ll suggest you visit this fascinating country when the Midnight Sun rules the skies. Instead of snow, you’ll find the countryside covered in a medley of lush green meadows, bursting with in fragile wildflowers. You’ll see rolling hills and walk through fragrant pine forests. You’ll take boating trips on vast, reflective lakes and visit traditional manor houses and tiny, clapboard local churches.
Jo will also recommend a city break in Stockholm, where the old town of Gamla Stan will take you back to the 13th century, and from where you can explore the charming islands of the Stockholm archipelago.