All white

He added: "It was snowing so much that everything looked white to me, but there's actually a path to follow and the huskies know this route instinctively.

Tay’s wife, Ms Juliet Chan Tay, beside their glass igloo.

"I had no idea if the huskies strayed from the path or not, but we made the ride safely.

"The only time was when we went uphill and the huskies needed a bit of a boost, so I got off the sled and helped push the sled until we reached the crest of the slope."

Fortunately, there were no horsepower issues during the couple's snowmobile ride.

"We were decked out in five layers of clothing, and we had a motorcycle helmet and balaclava for our headgear," Tay said.

"I remember when we rode onto a hillside and I saw some green lights in the sky, I was screaming inside my helmet, 'The Northern Lights!'

"It turned out that they were lights from a neighbouring town."

The couple were disappointed they didn't see the aurora borealis in Finland due to the heavy snowfall, but still enjoyed themselves.

Tay said: "The Finnish people may come across as unfriendly, but that's because they're quite inexpressive. Even when you crack a joke, they barely laugh. You're lucky if you can get them to show some amusement.

"Either it's their (reserved) culture or because it's always so cold over there!"

Did you know?

According to travel guidebook Lonely Planet, Hotel Kakslauttanen is 400km inside the Arctic Circle in Finland's Lapland region.

The Igloo Village, which offers both traditional snow and thermal glass igloos, is open from December to the end of April each year.

Each glass igloo - the first was constructed in 1999 - allows guests to view the aurora borealis in indoor comfort.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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