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Dec 26, 2011 - Lähtö lähenee

Muutama päivä jäljellä ennen koneeseen nousua ja tekemistä on riittävästi, joten aika menee varmasti äkkiä. Töitäkin on vielä neljä päivää, asunto siivottava ja kamat muutettava.. Ja se rinkkakin pitäis varmaan pakata vielä. Noh, asiat hoituu omalla painollaan, joten ei stressiä. Tämmöisestä keskipäivän auringosta ois tarkoitus lähteä vähän toisenlaisiin tunnelmiin.

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Dec 21, 2011 - Lapland - Hello Santa

Lapland facebook photo link: (copy and paste) https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151060521405707.770890.746395706&type=1&l=5abca1d82c 17th December Friday morning we were all up early to say our goodbyes and head to the train station in Tiverton. Wendy also left the farm today, and travelled with Tony as far as Oxford. Tony found out later in the day that Dave had left that morning as well. Not sure what was behind it, perhaps he had been worked too hard the day before? It was an exceptionally busy day. Tony didn’t get to speak...

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Aug 11, 2011 - Beautiful Lapland

Anne and I trekked to Pielpajärven Church today through some of the most breath taking scenery. This particular 700 year old church was the first church built into the area when Christianity came to Lapland. It also survived World War 2 and wasn't burnt to the ground like most of the buildings and inferstructure in Lapland by the German Army in their retreat after Armistace was signed. I was told an interesting fact today which I hadn't known before. The walls are built from Lapland pine and over the years the sun has burnt the timber's...

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Aug 10, 2011 - Inari

Went bike riding this morning into the village of Inari to the church dad helped to build. Unfortunately unable to go in due to renovations. I realized I forgot gloves...my fingers nearly froze on the bikeride. We went back to the Siida with Tiger Ted and Pinkie. We checked out the outdoor museum which showed how the Saami lived when they still lived their nomadic lifestyle. I know I need to have my eyes checked as I had walked past the entrance several times and still couldn't find it! Ted decided he wanted to see how deep the well was ......

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Aug 9, 2011 - Above the Arctic Circle

The evening was spent catching with my relatives and watching out for Lemmings in the back yard. Very cute little creatures which look like smaller versions of Guinnea pigs. Feeling refreshed from my 10 hours of solid sleep, thanks to block-out curtains. Temperature outside was 12.3 so rugged up as I went on a boat tour of Lake Inari and to Ukko Island with Tiger Ted who had snuck into my bag. The Saami (indeginous people) believed the god of thunder lived on Ukko Island. Tiger Ted wasn't going to miss out on his chance to catch up with...

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Aug 8, 2011 - Lapland here I come!

Ok-today I said goodbye to Teppo & Rauni in Hyvinkää & flew to Ivalo and said hello to my cousin, Pasi. He then drove me to Inari. I spent the afternoon in the Siida Museum which is a Saami (Lapp) museum & nature centre. As my maternal grandmother was indeginous, my siblings and myself, as my cousin are quarter indeginous so I was interested to see how our forefathers/mothers lived & excisted in this beautiful yet harsh environment. As it doesn't get dark in the evening we went to 'Kalsuranta' my mother's birth place and childhood home,...

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May 3, 2009 - Finnish Lapland

We venture into Finish Lapland at mid afternoon. Its snowing lighlty as we drive and we have 5 or so hours to enjoy the country side. The landscape is soft and beautiful, huge fleets of tall, green, pines trees, with a few leafless non ever green varieties mingled in. There are hundreds of frozen lakes spanning off in every direction. At every bend of the road the surrounding views are consistantly flat and level. We journey past many small cottages and farm areas, signs that at some part of the year there is bustling and busy life here but...

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Jul 17, 2008 - Rovaniemi

I woke up as excited as I still do on Christmas morning! Today we will see Santa Claus!!!! We got ready, assembled our things, and had the hotel breakfast. Much bigger spread than yesterday's, including a lot of warm dishes of meatballs, sausages, and vegetables. After breakfast we went to check out of the hotel and struck up a conversation with the receptionist. She was the same one who checked us in yesterday afternoon so she asked us how we enjoyed our stay and what we did. I proudly announced our success at the amethyst mine (as if I...

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Jul 16, 2008 - Luosto

The alarm rang at 11:50 pm last night to wake us from our nap. We were tired after dinner, but we did not want to miss the midnight sun. We groaned out of bed and after some convincing of Stephanie that she can sleep again afterwards, we stepped outside and walked over to the river bed. The temperature was comfortable and the sun was shining in a lovely orange and red. After a few photos, we said our final goodbye to the midnight sun because this was the furthest north we will come on this journey at 69 degrees North. Tomorrow we will start...

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Jul 15, 2008 - Inari

Warning! This is a long blog entry! And it includes what some may consider an excessive description of food. The sun glowed through the windows all night, so whenever I would wake up I thought it was already later in the day. I headed down to the laundry room and discovered our clothes were still wet in the dryer from the night before. I re-read the instructions, as if I could magically be able to read Finnish, started the dryer again and returned to the room. After Stephanie got ready, we walked down to the complimentary hotel breakfast....

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Jul 14, 2008 - Chasing the midnight sun

“Ugh!” The watch alarm was too early. Day 2 of our long drive was ahead of us, so we had to get an early start. Although last night we escaped the mosquitoes by going into the tent, we wound up staying up late reading. We did manage to get out of the campsite by 8 am and were back on the road. The first part of the journey was rather uneventful. Having left the High Coast, the scenery consisted of more forests and farm fields. Around 10 am we drove through a town called Skelleftea that was labeled “the Gold Kingdom.” Maybe there was a gold...

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Dec 25, 2007 - Crossing the Arctic Circle

After a surprisingly comfortable 10 hour overnight train journey (saved on accommodation as well) from Helsinki to Rovaniemi we were pleased to see absolutely everything covered in fresh white snow, thankfully we'd bought some super snug snow boots and other gear in New York earlier in the year so we were toasty warm. We quickly found ourselves a place to stay for the night (only just as it was peak season) and then booked in for some typical outdoor Finnish activities (husky dog sledding, ice fishing and snow mobiling), well not so sure...

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