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Dog-sledding through the snowbound forests and mountains of Swedish Lapland will leave even the hardiest ‘been there, done that’ traveller with an indelible memory.
Siberian huskies, the breed of choice for dog-sledders, are perfectly adapted to their task - good-natured, energetic and able to withstand even the harshest conditions. Glide through beautiful winter landscapes, staying overnight in private log cabins and eating traditional Lapp delicacies such as reindeer stew with cloudberries.
The dog-sledding combines really well with a stay at the extraordinary Ice Hotel, sculpted anew each year from the frozen waters of the Torne River. Activities here include snow-shoeing, moose safaris, cross-country skiing and the chance to learn a bit about the local Sami culture. Alternatively, if you go dog-sledding nearer Lulea, you can stay in the bizarroworld Treehotel instead.
If you are lucky, the Swedish Arctic is also one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, the ethereal natural light show that occurs in the depths of winter, as shimmering bands of colour drift across the night sky.
For those looking for some creature comforts and pampering after the 'rigours' of the frozen north, a couple of nights at one of Stockholm's top hotels can easily be incorporated into the journey home.