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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...

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Our Big Trip

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 ? 

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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...

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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...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Finland

Back in shorts again, the temperature was up to 78 degrees when we left at midday. We had a rest morning as it was so lovely, sunny & hot. Viv washed a few stalls & I gave Elsie a one bucket wash down to get rid of the dead insects & the dirt. She had a good three bucket wash a couple of days ago as she was getting pretty dirty. They don't like you using the site hose pipes for washing so I just use a bucket & sponge to get the worst off & then wipe off with a cloth. Also deployed our solar panels for the first time last night. We don't...

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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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