snowy scenes in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Mini break in Sweden

Last week my boyfriend Rob and I journeyed to the snowy shores of Sweden to visit Holly and Ben, two of our dearest friends. I met Holly nearly eight years ago when we were both working at a law firm in Essex. She was one of those people that I knew instantly would be a lifelong friend. Holly is the most incredible person – she is so lovely, sweet and sincere. She just makes me smile when I’m in her company and during the year or so we worked together, we bonded over endless cups of milky tea and mused about our future, like any earnest 18 year old does. We of course did the obligatory meeting of the other halves and it was obvious the boys would get on just fine with each other too! Ben is a fascinating person who “digs up rocks” for a living, hence how they ended up in Sweden, merely a chilly three hours drive from the Arctic Circle!

We ventured over to Skelleftea (she-left-te-o) in Sweden where they currently live for a little mini break, arriving late on Thursday night after a train and two plane journeys. Our weekend together was just amazing – snowy walks under cloudless skies, dazzling sunshine and food, so much food! Sweden certainly know how to do their desserts, so I felt more than at home, offering up a sugary array of cream-filled and chocolate-topped delights. Semla, as pictured above, is a traditional Swedish sweet – a cardamon-spiced bun generously filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Needless to say, it was crazily delicious. When we weren’t eating, drinking or rubbing our swelling bellies, we went dog sledding with the most adorable procession of huskies, watched a captivating game of ice hockey and took to the slopes with our own makeshift sledges. The time went far too fast as it always does, but I was just so happy we were able to visit Holly and Ben in their snowy wonderland and experience this awesome place together.

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  1. 8th March 2012 / 8:29 pm

    Just a tip, you have your pics sized at 500px wide but when you upload them here you make them bigger which ends up distorting them a fair bit. You should make them the size that they are in the blog posts and they'd stay perfect quality then! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 8th March 2012 / 8:32 pm

    Adorable pics, so jealous of your mini break and how stunning you manage to look, even in salopettes!! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. 8th March 2012 / 8:33 pm

    Wow looks amazing! My holiday ambition is Sweden an Norway! They both look beautiful countries!

  4. 8th March 2012 / 8:37 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 8th March 2012 / 8:41 pm

    @bicky – thanks for letting me know hun. On my computer they always look absolutely fine but maybe they aren't perfect on other laptops. I maybe shouldnt make them so enlarged…but i like BIG photos! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you are well, haven't spoken to you for ages. x

  6. 8th March 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Hi! I don't normally comment but I do read your blog. You look so lovely in these posts- just like Rachel McAdams! I think the more natural lip makes you look a lot younger and beautiful!

  7. 8th March 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous picks i'd love to go there. That St. Bernard is adorable, looks a lot like mine but with a lot less white on the face. X

  8. 8th March 2012 / 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! It looks like such a beautiful place <3

  9. 8th March 2012 / 8:51 pm

    Gorgeous photos! I've always wanted to go to Sweden and this just wants to make me go even more now! How do you always look so glam too?! Even when sledging! x

  10. 8th March 2012 / 8:53 pm

    Woops! Silly fingers hit the trash can on my comment and my smart phone went crazy…all I wanted to say was that it looks like you had a lovely time and the pics are fantastic!x

  11. 8th March 2012 / 9:05 pm

    Amazing pictures!! Looks incredible

  12. 8th March 2012 / 9:15 pm

    If you right click it and click open image in new tab it's only 500px wide and in your posts you make them bigger which gives them a bit of an odd look.

    I don't mean offence by it I just wondered why they were like that and now I know!

    I probably suck at explain it. Bigger is better of course but idk how you would change it hmmm. Fail.

    I am well, especially now I have a much lusted after new cam (same as yours)!

  13. 8th March 2012 / 9:18 pm

    Jealous apart from the cold, not a big fan of coldness lol. x

  14. 8th March 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Fantastic photos! looks like you had an amazing time.

  15. 8th March 2012 / 9:58 pm

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love these pictures, everything looks so fresh and lovely.
    Sounds a perfect break, and must have been lovely to have a catch up with your friend.

  16. 8th March 2012 / 10:07 pm

    Ooo I miss Sweden so much now! I went to Are last year and loved it. Your pictures look gorgeous and make me want to go back again. Hope you had a great time, it looks beautiful! x

  17. 8th March 2012 / 10:35 pm

    wow this looks amazing!

  18. 8th March 2012 / 11:16 pm

    How lovely, such beautiful photos! x

  19. 8th March 2012 / 11:25 pm

    Fantastic photos! I've never really heard much about Sweden but it looks gorgeous and your break sounds perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 8th March 2012 / 11:36 pm

    How fun!!! I want to play in some snow =)

  21. 9th March 2012 / 9:33 am

    wow it looks amazing, and soo pretty!

  22. 9th March 2012 / 10:01 am

    Aww it looks so fresh and pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  23. 9th March 2012 / 10:37 am

    I cant believe I havenโ€™t found your blog soon!! It looks like you had an amazing time, the 'Beethoven dog' is sooo cute!! lol & husky rides are so much fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hayley xo

  24. 9th March 2012 / 2:54 pm

    amazing pictures! very jealous indeed! you look beautiful as usual xx

  25. 9th March 2012 / 4:20 pm

    amazing photos! It's very beautiful there!x

  26. 9th March 2012 / 8:47 pm

    looks like having a lot of fun timeS

  27. 10th March 2012 / 1:43 am

    These pictures are absolutely gorgeous, it looks like such a beautiful place xx

  28. 10th March 2012 / 2:19 pm

    Oh I just wanna squeeze those dogs! So beautiful and snuggly.
    Looks like you had a fantastic time, I would love to go somewhere so snowy and pure, so beautiful!
    Devon xx

  29. 11th March 2012 / 8:00 pm

    Beautiful pics lovely! So glad you both had a fabulous time ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

  30. 11th March 2012 / 9:08 pm

    It looks beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ Although it looks freezing if thats you in tights! Haha
    And I'm going all mushy over the St. Bernard <3

    ~Hannah xx

  31. 12th March 2012 / 11:59 am

    It looks like you had such an amazing time! Sweden looks stunning!