Elizabeth Hotson

Elizabeth Hotson


Skiing with a difference in Ruka, Finland

In a parallel universe where Lucy, Mr Tumnus and Aslan go skiing in Narnia rather than trying to vanquish the White Witch, Ruka in Finnish Lapland would be the perfect film set. The pines which dot the landscape are barely discernible, they look like huge, frozen cauliflowers and log cabins...

steaming kettle Photo: Lemmelkaffe

The Coffee Lemmings of Swedish Lapland

“We are the puppets of the lemmings,” Markus Lemke tells me, straight-faced. I nod and sip my cup of coffee. I’ve been with Markus and his sister Melinda for an hour and am beginning to settle into their alternative universe. Along with business partner Rolf Nylinder they are the people...