RESTLESS and deprived of sunlight after months of seemingly interminable darkness, it strikes you as a visceral yearning – a command almost – to reconnect with the land. The Sami, the indigenous inhabitants of the northern reaches of Scandinavia, know it as gidádálvve or winter-spring – the months of March and April when the sun steadily gains strength in the crystalline Arctic sky, a mantle of snow lies deep, and rising daytime temperatures begin to warm the cheeks. The land irresistibly entices you to take to your skis to unlock its boundless terrain through rolling mountains, forests of birch, and frozen waterways.

Read more in the January 2020 edition of The Great Outdoors

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