As the year comes to an end, we have reached the first half of our Ice Run journey through the coldest parts of Europe. Over the past few weeks, we have ridden a reindeer sleigh and met Santa Claus in Finland, caught the Northern Lights and visited Sweden’s original ICEHOTEL as well as tried our luck at ice-fishing and snowmobiling. It’s been a fantastic journey so far as we challenged ourselves to the cold and go crazy on wacky winter activities. Over the festive season, we also celebrated Christmas in true Norwegian style, and got to know their traditions during this magical time of the year.
But our trip has only just begun. For the second part of the Ice Run we have teamed up with HostelBookers to try out some of the finest hostels in Sweden, Germany and Switzerland (such as the Skanstulls Vandrarhem hostel in Stockholm, the Die Wohngemeinschaft hostel in Cologne or the Hostellerie Geroldswil in Zurich).
We will be spending New Year’s eve in Stockholm where we expect to bring in 2013 with a bang. Shortly after that we will be heading south to Germany, where we plan to traverse the country on some of the best scenic train routes of the country. These routes include the Rhine Valley Line, which takes us through Koblenz and Mainz, passing alongside the river Rhine; as well as the Black Forest route from Offenburg to Konstanz. By the second week of January we will already be in Switzerland were we will catch the famous Glacier Express as well as the Golden Pass scenic train journeys while we drink in views of the backcountry.