Swedish Lapland during the late spring is my favorite place for a hut-to-hut ski trek. Winding through the remote valleys and gentle slopes of Padjelanta National Park in early April one is treated to long days and often fine weather while the snow still lays in a thick blanket. There is enough darkness that you have an excellent chance of seeing Aurora Borealis, “pale gossamer curtains of light” as author Barry Lopez calls them in Arctic Dreams, but the extreme cold of winter has subsided. Comfortable wilderness cabins with a woodstove, pure and clean water drawn straight from a hole in the ice, and the delicious foods of Lapland; moose, reindeer, lingonberries, smoked fish, excellent cheeses and sausage, and strong coffee make for an amazing experience.
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