In winter, the isolation of Sweden and Swedish Lapland is beautiful
Adventure holidays in the northern regions of Sweden, particularly Swedish Lapland, are "widely untouched by tourism" and offer a beautiful isolation.
That is according to Richard Rogers, a journalist at The Observer newspaper, who was tempted to travel to the country after being engrossed in modern Swedish literature.
After being drawn in by Henning Makell's Wallander books and Stieg Larsson's famous Millennium trilogy, Mr Rogers wanted to experience "the real northern-Swedish winter".
He writes that the isolation of northern Sweden in its coldest months is liberating. "It lets the soul breathe," his tour guide says.
"By 11.30am the sun, barely cresting the treetops, is as high as it will get and the light that manages to break through the clouds is dusky at best," Mr Rodgers writes.
"Noon in winter is called 'blue hour', as the sunlight filtered through the clouds takes on a cobalt tinge. Looking across the unending white vista it's easy to believe that we are the only souls for miles around."