Ella’s excellent adventures in Lululand

Independent on Sunday, 18 December 2011

There’s reindeer poo, dog sleds – and lots of snow. Sarah Barrell takes her daughter to a wild and wonderful corner of Lapland.

Read more: http://independent.co.uk/travel/europe/ellas-excellent-adventures-in-lululand-6278528.html

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Stay The Night: Treehotel, Swedish Lapland

Independent on Sunday, 21 June 2011

Sweden is home to a fantastical hotel experiment that will wow architecture fans but not comfort seekers, says Sarah Barrell

Like many good stories, this one began around a campfire.

In 2008, travel guide Kent Lindvall hosted one of his far-flung fishing trips to a remote part of Russia’s Kamchatka region. Here he got talking to his guests, Swedish architects, about the inspirational film Tradelskaren (The Tree Lover), where three urbanites rediscover their rural roots by building a house together in the woods.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/hotels/stay-the-night-treehotel-swedish-lapland-2296336.html

Icelandic adventure: whales, waterfalls and boiling mud

As adventure activities go, baking bread probably doesn’t rank very highly in most countries. But then Iceland isn’t most countries. We’re at the Bjarnarflag bakery in the northernmost reaches of the island, a handful of miles from the Arctic Circle. It’s midsummer and horizontal sleet steams as it hits the mud around our feet, underneath which sits the “bakery” – half a dozen pits dug into boiling soil, covered with dustbin lids, containing hverabraud – steam bread made with rye and molasses. Bending to peek inside, we’re blasted with a vapour so sulphuric that you have to wonder if perhaps “Bjarnarflag” is Icelandic for “Beelzebub” and we have, in fact, interrupted a satanic scone-baking session.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/whats-hot-an-adventure-in-the-arctic-of-course-577981.html