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Three reasons you should visit the Arctic

With the exception of a scattering of small towns and villages, you’re almost totally isolated in the Arctic. Yet the indigenous Sami who live here have forged a successful existence for thousands of years, living in harmony with the wild landscape and the reindeer, bear, wolf, lynx, wolverine and vista moose who share it with them.

The forgotten locations

We first visited the Årrenjarka homestead over 15 years ago. It’s a remarkable place. Located in the middle of Swedish Lapland high above the Arctic Circle, it sits on an ancient route to the Swedish mountains and Norway. Founded in 1811, today this remote hamlet has been rebuilt by hand and lovingly transformed by Lars and Gunter, the fifth generation of Mannbergs to live and work this remote land.

The landscape

Thousands of miles of white desert and pine forests make up the Arctic’s topography. This snowy kingdom is a place more akin to fairytales than real life. Yet humans and a vast array of wildlife call this frozen tundra ‘home’.

For winter adventurers, it’s the ultimate playground. Experiences to get your juices flowing are snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, reindeer herding, sleeping in igloos under the stars and ice fishing.

The magic.

Silence is a rare commodity. Yet the Arctic offers it in abundance. As you venture out, the sound of snow compressing underfoot is sometimes the only noise you’ll hear. Coupled with the endless horizons, zero light pollution and potential for the Northern Lights above your head, the absolute aural peace gives any stay here an etherial filter.

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