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We’re in the process of migrating all our blog articles here from https://naturetravels.wordpress.com Until the move is complete, you’ll find some articles here and others still at https://naturetravels.wordpress.com Bob from the Nature Travels team is working hard to complete the move as soon as possible!

How to have your own Swedish Midsummer party

Having your own Midsummer Party

Sofia from the Nature Travels team, who was born in Sweden, tells you how to hold your own Swedish Midsummer celebration. What time of year should I have my midsummer party? The Swedes always celebrate on the Friday closest to the summer solstice. The summer solstice is normally around 21st-22nd June. However, as you and

How to Drive a Dogsled

How to Drive a Dogsled.

All our dog sledding tours in Sweden, Norway and Finland are based on adult participants driving their own dogsled with team of huskies. It’s quite common to be a little unsure when you begin, but you’ll soon gain confidence. After a few days on the trail, you will be well on the way to becoming

Wild Swimming on a Nordic Summer Holiday

Wild Swimming on a Nordic Summer Holiday.

Wild swimming has increased in popularity in the UK in recent years. People appear to embracing the idea of taking a dip in natural waters after years of swimming up and down lanes in a chlorine-filled swimming pool. But while it’s still quite a novelty here, swimming in the outdoors is totally normal in the

Ice Safety – How to Stay Safe on Lake and Sea Ice

Ice Safety - How to Stay Safe on Lake and Sea Ice.

Sofia from the Nature Travels team, who is from the Stockholm Archipelago in Sweden, gives some tips on staying safe on lake and sea ice: Here in England we still have warm temperatures during the days, but at night the colder temperatures are rolling in. It’s now time to start planning your winter adventure! One

Systembolaget – Buying Alcohol in Sweden

Systembolaget - Buying Alcohol in Sweden.

This article discusses Systembolaget, the Swedish national off-licence, and the sale of alcohol in Sweden. With some variations, a similar system also operates in Norway (where the state off-licence is called Monopol) and in Finland (where it is Alko). Sweden allows beer up to 3.5% to be sold in supermarkets or other stores, while in

Hugging Huskies in the Taiga Forest

Hugging Huskies in the Taiga Forest.

In May 2015, Bob from the Nature Travels team travelled to the provinces of North Karelia and Kainuu in Eastern Finland to visit our new experiences in the area. In the article below, Bob visits the kennels which are the setting for our Private Dogsled Tours for Two in the Taiga Forest in wintertime and

What To Do With A Day In Helsinki

What to do with a day in Helsinki.

Bob from the Nature Travels team spends a day exploring Finland’s capital in May as part of his visit to some of our new experiences in Finland. Twelve Hours in Helsinki The night train from Oulu (on which I had spent a restful night in unaccustomed luxury, in a private cabin with en-suite shower and

Mobile Phones – Curse or Blessing in the Outdoors?

Mobile Phones - Curse or Blessing in the Outdoors?

When I first discovered the lure of the outdoors on bothy trips and hillwalking weekends in the Highlands of Scotland in my twenties, mobile phones were mysterious, bulky devices wielded only by fast-talking stockbrokers – I distinctly remember laughing out loud at the sight of one besuited yuppie braying “Sell! Sell!” into a monstrous thing

What Are the Risks of Getting Frostbite When Dog Sledding or Ski Touring?

What are the risks of getting frostbite when dog sledding or ski touring?

As Nature Travels offers a wide range of outdoor activities in wintertime, from dog sledding and ski touring to ice skating and snowshoeing, one question we are occasionally asked is: Is there a risk of getting frostbite during the tour? It is always a good idea to be aware of potential risks and safety considerations

A Week of Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

A Week of Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland.

Niki from the Nature Travels team spends a week dog sledding in northern Sweden on our Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland experience. I was lucky enough to join one of our Northern Lights Dog Sledding in Lapland tours this March. I had previously visited Kiruna in the autumn so was excited to visit again