Names of travelers: Stian and Elmarie Mouton
Destination: Swedish Lapland
Dates: 10-20 December 2012
Your reason for visiting this destination: We won a competition on 5FM!
Our Little Black Book
The best hotel: The Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, Sweden.
The best place for a drink: The Absolut Vodka Ice bar.
The first thing travelers should do upon reaching this destination: In winter – put on every piece of clothes you own.
In summer – prepare not to sleep. This is the land of the midnight sun!
If you want to feel like a local you should… Learn to say hello (Hey-hey) and thank you (Tak) in Swedish. They love South Africans – especially ones that speak Afrikaans as it is so similar to Swedish.
Watch out for… Reindeer and elk – they look placid but can get spooked easily and then they charge!
Insider tips Always learn a few phrases in the language spoken at your destination. It shows that you respect the locals and that you’re not an ignorant traveler!
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