Skiing in Finnish Lapland in the trail of World War II

This is the story of a trip to Finnish Lapland, near the town of Rovaniemi (also Santa Claus's official home town in Finland), to retell the story of the Finnish Winter War. It was written by James Henderson for the Financial Times' magazine How to Spend it, in their Desk till Dawn column. Read Skiing Remote Lapland...

The idea was also to throw in some winter survival skills and so after skiing back to the camp area, I was presented with a mound of snow into which I had to dig a snow-hole to sleep the night. And then we had the obligatory swim in the lake - the lake is covered in ice and snow, but the water is just above freezing - before heading in to the sauna.

 Digging a snowhole in which to sleep the night

Digging a snowhole in which to sleep the night

 Jarkko prepares lunch

Jarkko prepares lunch

The night turned in the snow-hole turned out to be surprisingly warm (just a few degrees below zero). Considering it reached minus 26 outside that night, it shows how well they work.