The armchair traveller … travel news and views – without the packing

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You hanker after a remote winter adventure: pristine snow, northern lights, husky teams, beards, plaid shirts, log fires and cabins with a Sigur Rós-style soundtrack. But you’re unaccustomed to the extreme cold and don’t have all those warm, technical layers. Sounds pretty similar to the Australian film-makers who created this short in Abisko, northern Sweden.

“We found ourselves completely unprepared for -37C when we travelled to see the northern lights in Abisko on a whim. Our cameras froze, our heaviest clothes were jeans and a jumper.” Luckily, they managed to squeeze out a film that captures the ethereal beauty of the Arctic wilderness so stylishly that all you have to do is crank up the heating, sit back and enjoy.

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