We've all heard of snowmobiling, but unless you grew up in the northern third of the States, the closest you've come are photos and videos. The forests of the arctic are incredibly beautiful, and while the snowmobiles can be loud, they are an ideal form of transportation into remote regions and, like jet skis, good for hot-dogging.
We're going to dig into this more tomorrow -- like eating whale, there is some controversy and a whole hell of a lot no one tells you about dog sledding -- but there's no ignoring the historical significance surrounding the relationship between arctic residents and wilderness dogs. Before the invention of snowmobiles, sleds of dogs were the only way to travel long distances in the arctic.
Those who bundle up and embrace the chilly waters will be rewarded with plenty of opportunities to spot whales. We saw orcas (killer whales) and humpbacks in the same day in Northern Norway, and we'll show you some video evidence of that this week.
The world's first ice hotel was in Kiruna, Sweden (a room shown above) in 1990, and properties have been inviting guests to chill out ever since, employing the skills of artists to design and create the hotel each year (ice hotels are demolished and rebuilt each year with unique themes and layouts). Our sista HotelChatter dished on it last year and wondered if getting busy on ice was the new "sex on the beach." You can also find ice hotels in Finland, Romania and Canada.
[Photos: Will McGough/Basecamp Senja]