Explore...

Read and rate Travel Journal Entries for Lappi, Finland

Jul 8, 2019 - Ivalo, Findland day 2

Another beautiful day. Sunny, 60 degrees. Today we learn about the Sami people. They are the last of the indigenous people of Europe. They have lived here since prehistoric times. They used to be called Laplanders, but that term is now considered derogatory. Today they live in large parts of northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. Traditionally, the Sami have pursued a variety of livelihoods, including coastal fishing, fur trapping, sheep herding and reindeer herding. Currently about 10% of the approximately 28,000 Sami are involved in...

Jump to full entry

Jul 7, 2019 - Ivalo, Findland

We have found sunny weather again. Temperature is 58 degrees. The air is fresh!!!! We drove south through the Finnish countryside from the Norwegian border. It's getting warmer, sunnier, greener, more beautiful. We're in the Lapland region of Finland. It is the northernmost region, a sparsely populated area bordering Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea. It is known for its vast subarctic wilderness, ski resorts and natural phenomena including the midnight sun and the Northern Lights. Finland is a peninsula with the Gulf of Finland to...

Jump to full entry

Dec 17, 2018 - Santa and saunas - not simultaneously!

Well, Finland is a new country to add to my list of visited countries! On the positive side, Rovaniemi has much more daylight (it’s on the Arctic Circle) than the places I’ve been to in the last 10 days. This opens up so much more of the day to exploration - it was particularly challenging getting oriented in Norwegian towns when I arrived in total darkness. On the negative side, Rovaniemi lacks the charm of most of the Norwegian coastal towns that I’ve just visited. Rovaniemi has a Soviet feel to it with many large, square, concrete...

Jump to full entry

Jun 11, 2018 - Getting colder with a misty shower of rain

Dear all, We have reached Ivalo tonight after visiting the Rauna wildlife park. The animals are in enclosures but the enclosures are built in the natural forest. The animals are roaming in the natural landscape. A few of the smaller animals have smaller cages especially made for them. The polar bears were particularly playful, frolicking in the water, particularly the baby one. After the picnic lunch in the bus we travelled north stopping at a gold mining place but it was raining so didn't do any gold panning. We stopped at a ski resort...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Our Big Trip

Jun 11, 2018 - Catch up message

Dear all, Well another catch up message as yesterday , Sunday was very busy. The day started with a tour around the town then a visit to Santa. Santa is on the Artic Circle line so we got a lovely certificate to commemorate the cross over. We also sat with Santa and spoke with him. No photos allowed as they took official photos so will need to wait to until we get home. Then lunch and out to see a pioneer village. It was very interesting but had similar things to what we would see in an Australian museum. The only thing is to remember that...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Our Big Trip

Jun 9, 2018 - 6 miles south of the Artic Circle

Dear all, It is good to hear from you in response to our blog. Not many photos today as we have travelled passing hundreds of lakes and birch and pine trees. We are in Rovaniemi, Finland. Tomorrow we cross the Artic Circle line. Having done this in Alaska 4 years ago I am particularly looking forward to this. We have a busy couple of days ahead of us with a few extra excursions to see a wildlife park, reindeer and Paul's favourite, Santa Clause. The Finnish people tell us that this is the real one and the Santa Clause in Alaska is not the...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Our Big Trip

Sep 21, 2017 - Levi

So nice to have a sleep in this morning, as most things don't open until late - mostly 1030 to noon. The hotel I'm staying at is a ski resort, so caught the gondola ski lift down to he small town of Levi. Walked around and visited the tourism information centre to see what I could do. No snow (but only maximum of 5 degrees today), so no reindeer sleigh rides or husky sledding. In the afternoon I visited a reindeer park where I had no idea what I would see, as the reindeers have not been herded in yet and are still roaming free. Couldn't...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Beijing to Berlin

Jul 25, 2017 - Rovaniemi LapLand

Crossed into lap land this morning heading for the arctic circle and the north cape rovaniemi is famous for the Santa clause village it is big theme park without the rides spent 2 hours there as part of the tour I would not recommend staying that long it is also the where you cross over into the arctic circle incidentally I spent the night in the Santa clause hotel and the bar next door called hemminways. The city was destroyed during WW2 and was rebuilt in the shape of a reindeer head with antlers There is a museum in town dedicated to...

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Scandinavia 2017

May 9, 2017 - Ivalo Lapland

We flew north to Rovaniemi, which sits almost on the Arctic Circle and into winter. There was snow on the ground as well as snow flurries and it was cold. Our first business was to take pictures commemorating our crossing "the line". We then took a bus further north to Ivalo - gateway to Lapland the home of the Sami, the indigenous people that have lived in northern Scandinavia since prehistoric times. Lapland, now called Samiland, spans northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Northwest Russia. The Sami are somewhat like the Indians...

Jump to full entry

May 22, 2016 - Finland

Sunday today is just a day without sun or I should say rainy even if the evening coming I got a partial sun. It was time for museum and I visited one about Same people customs and the National parks in Finland as it was a 60 year anniversary. Many shows and 2 wonderful films about nature flowers and animals as well as landscapes from boats. Then the program was driving with pause as soon as any trigger as animals, rennedeer on the road or sunset. Very few pictures today with my cell phone.  Tomorrow annoncing better ? 

Jump to full entry

Trip Journal


Follow-me_May2016

Feb 25, 2015 - Mounio, Finland - Part 2

There was a lovely elderly gentleman who had been tying up his horse to the post on the driveway for the past couple of days and certainly did love the chat, even though I didn’t know what he was saying, didn’t seem to stop him for trying to have a grand ole conversation. I got to feed chunks of dried bagel and sweet grass to Huilu (Flute in Lapish) and admire his ability to locate it with his lips whilst taking small nibbles of the snow underneath. Whilst at breakfast on my last day, I was having a dilemma about which activities I should...

Jump to full entry

Feb 22, 2015 - Mounio, Finland - Part 1

Seli dropped me off at Heathrow and I made my way to the check in, very excited for this trip. 5 minutes to launch and the screen came up with the delayed message, take off in 1 hour. Well this produced a little dilemma for me as my connecting flight in Helsinki was only a 40 minute connection. After much discussion and encouragement from Brett I located the Finnair desk and asked them what they thought about my chances of catching the ongoing flight.. As they were checking, the gate became clear and the flight was on the move again but I...

Jump to full entry
Previous -- 0 1  2  -- Next