Crossing the Arctic 66°N – Part 1

”I will see you again on Monday if I survive”, were my words to my colleagues on a cold Friday afternoon in February, as I made my way to the airport to catch a flight to Kiruna, a city perched in the far north of Sweden, famous for its thick snowy landscape, brazen winter, some freezing bones, plenty of ice chills and well, if one manages to live through it, then other exciting things like dog-sledding, snowmobiling, skiing and catching the Northern Lights.

Trust me, it wasn’t a fanciful, over-imaginative and unrealistic construal of my mind. I was gradually and craftily brought to this state. This Swedish salesman from the ‘Five Seasons’ store once told me, ”I’ve been out in the cold quite a lot, right from childhood, but well, Kiruna is a different story.” I was at his store to look for the warmest jacket ever manufactured. His words, as you can tell, weren’t of much help.

I believe the only motivation for me to travel was the thought that this place is exotic, as it goes beyond the Arctic circle. And living so far up in the north, one would only be a victim of circumstances, or a slave of the couch, or perhaps a native of cold climate places, to not want to travel further up there. How many of us really get a chance to go nearer to the poles, and experience its life and landscape? There was no reason for me to miss it.

If that sounded any brave, it was my courageous side talking – to my freakishly petrified side, who I know would happily agree to being labelled as a couch slave. I think I would have spent more time packing the zillion layers of warm clothing, than figuring out the quintessential things-to-see/do. I’m not trying to dissuade, but I count myself as one of those who defy the scientific theory of mammals being warm-blooded.

I was so pre-occupied arranging for things to keep me warm, that I did not travel with a lot on the agenda, or with much expectations. Now when I look back, I see how unique this experience was, as it pleasantly surprised me at every step, and how it has become one of my favorite trips to talk about!

I will, for sure, say all about what we did, and share some tips on itinerary planning in my upcoming post. So stay tuned!

Meanwhile, how about a glimpse of the dense snow all around which greeted us with all the chill that it had? 🙂

And here I give away my pretending-to-be-cool pose, trying to brave the -30 degrees celsius! 😉

Yaay! #justcrossedthearctic

Read alsoCrossing the Arctic 66°N – Part 2 : Ice Hotel and Swedish Lapland

11 thoughts on “Crossing the Arctic 66°N – Part 1

  1. vietnamtravelandculture 03/03/2018 / 4:09 PM

    I grew up in the U.S. Midwest and it was cold in the winter. But I have lived in a more tropical climate for 20 years. Just don’t know if I could ever move back!

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  2. Shagun Gupta 03/03/2018 / 7:20 PM

    Having grown up in a tropical climate, I can totally imagine what it does to one’s soul and spirit! Hope to get to enjoy it as long as you wish for! 😊

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    • Shagun Gupta 05/03/2018 / 11:25 PM

      Thanks a bunch, dear Didi! I am really honored, and excited 😊 Your appreciation and nomination means a lot !

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      • Didis Art Design 06/03/2018 / 5:09 AM

        Welcome, my friend Shagun 🙂
        Be warmly greeted
        Didi

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  3. Karmughil Vannan 20/03/2018 / 6:20 PM

    Amazing! 👍👍👍

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