We love to moan in England about winter weather. A couple of inches of snow and we grind to a halt for a week. Minus five? That’s not cold. It’s fresh.
If you really want cold head to Kangos, 150km above the Arctic Circle in northern Sweden where in mid January it’s light from around 9.30am to 2.30pm and the thermometer sinks as low as minus 40c. Now that’s cold.
I stayed at the Kangos Guesthouse, which I’d heartily recommend (and which you can book in Britain via Inntravel), from where you can go cross country skiing, ice fishing, ski mobiling, husky mushing – that’s me above – and, with a bit of luck, see the Northern Lights as a bonus while poaching gently in the outdoor hot tub.