Well here we are back in Oslo for the night before flying to Copenhagen. Must teMll you about the Snow Hotel. A massive structure built entirely out of snow. You enter a large dome shaped space with armchair built of ice with a reindeer hide thrown over. after, it was -10 outside and a pleasant -4 inside, it felt quite warm. There are 25 rooms, all about 5 metre domes and all have different themes, and to satisfy OHS requirements, all have working smoke alarms. They walk you to the end where there is a door and warmth inside and issue you a sleeping bag, which is good for -30 they tell us, and a cotton liner, for hygienic reasons.
We had a 3 course meal, the entrée was reindeer tartar, which was a first for me, and I couldn’t finish. Then a local fish dish followed by, you guessed it, ice cream. We were ten invited to the snow bar for a drink before heading down to our rooms.
After the dinner room it was quite cool in our bedrooms. Kay undressed and climbed into her sleeping bag and I climbed into nine, after the photo. It was cool and claustrophobic, with just the nose exposed. Soon it warmed up but the snug fit made it almost impossible to move around. It took a while to get accustomed to the tight sleeping bag, and would not have been suitable for a bit of the you know what. We somehow managed to survive the night, and I don’t know how we held on for the whole night, but hang on we did, staying there along with most of the other guests until 7am. Had a light breakfast and coffee before catching the bus back to Kirkeness. It was certainly an experience but wouldn’t do again even if I had the opportunity, and for free.