Not only do I love not camping, I love not “winter-ing”. I previously alluded to the fact that I all but hibernate during the winter months – in fact, the only thing that stops me from eating my way through spring, summer and fall only to sleep it all off in my cocoon of a bed during winter, is social stigma. I don’t do well in cold weather. My nose, ears and toes always feel like they are on the brink of falling off no matter how many layers I wear and my skill at winter sports is only matched by my skill at deriving complex mathematical equations (in other words, non-existant).
But I have always made a distinct effort to actually take as much advantage of the 6 months of Canadian winter as I can (I exaggerate with the timing, of course, because it feels like it drags on for so long…it really only lasts for 5 and a half months). I’ve skied, I’ve snowboarded (mainly on my butt), I’ve skated and I happily attend local Christmas markets. I really do enjoy the holiday season – big pine trees decorated with lights, mulled wine, roaring fires, first snow…it’s just that past about January 2nd, I lose all interest in, and need for, the snow-turned-to-slush and bitter cold that makes my knees hurt.
So I was a little suprised when researching off-the-beaten-path vacations (to be taken at an undecided future date) to find myself in absolute love with a trip idea that encompasses both winter AND camping (sort of). I’m sure that if I were to ever go on this trip, I would spend hundreds in the latest warm clothing technology and still tell tales that recount those horrible nights when I nearly froze to death during my once-in-a-lifetime adventure (I clearly like to exaggerate for emphasis) . But for now, I look at the pictures and can only think – how soon can we go?
Kakslauttanen Hotel, Finland – Finnish-designed glass igloos and, if you’re lucky, you get to sleep under the Aurora Borealis (which I imagine is a humbling and breathtaking experience).
(all images via Kakslauttanen website)