On a work trip to Umea in February we experienced firsthand how the locals embrace the short but sunny northern Swedish days outside. The highlight was a trip to the Algen Hus (Elk House) 45 mins inland. Owner Christer introduced us up close to these huge but gentle animals then he and his son took us on a snowmobile safari. Not a low carbon activity but great fun! As the sun went down we walked into the birch forest and wearing nothing but (optional) swimsuits, entered a traditional sauna, a world away from the hotel version. Once warm we jumped into the outdoor, log fired hot tubs where we sat drinking Swedish beer until it was dark in the beautiful forest. It may have been -15 but we didn't feel a thing. Get someone else to drive home!
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