Hello from Norway! I think I'm somewhere near the city Trondheim which is also referred to as the Paris of Northern Europe. I decided to take a 12 day cruise beginning and ending in Bergen Norway with Hurtigruten Cruise lines.
One of the tours I decided to do was halfway through the cruise at one of our northern most stops in Kirkenes which is only a few miles from the Russian border. Many people on my ship took a tour bus to see the Russian border. There was only time to do one chore and I chose this one I'm so glad that I did and spite of being colder then I think I've ever been in my life. I grew up in the state of Vermont but have lived in Florida for nearly a decade and it just isn't as easy to travel to cold-weather places.
I took a lot of photos at the Snowhotel because it was so interesting and I haven't ever seen anything like it. People pay as much as $600 and more of a night to stay there. There is a bar and a restaurant. There are also reindeer on the property and dog sledding is available.
I have mixed feelings about dog sledding. This was my second such excursion. When I was in Alaska I wanted to try it and especially see if the dogs were treated well. You can read my account here:
Dog Sledding in June on the Mendenhall Glacier, Alaska
One of the things I like most about going dog sledding is playing with the dogs. They just love attention and are so well behaved!