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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...

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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...

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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

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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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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