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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi July 4th 2018

Bonjour à tous, Je vous le dis de suite pour mon entrée en Russie vous n’aurez pas la réponse ce soir. Hier au soir j’étais donc à Inari, là plus grande commune de Finlande 17 333km2, pour 6000 habitants. Un super petit hôtel sur le bord de la route, avec un excellent chef en cuisine, enfin un bon repas, le tout pour une somme modique. A 19 heure le thermomètre de l’hôtel indiquait 32º. La sonde devait être au soleil, à l’ombre c’était aux environs de 25. Soirée très agréable. Je l’avais vu, en prévision, la pluie est arrivée dans la nuit, ce matin plus que 10º. Avant de me coucher j’étais rentré dans le détail de ma carte, qui est a une relative grande échelle, pour ma programmation, au départ du matin. J’avais constaté que ... read more
Pour le concours Lépine!!!!
plus  joli que les Decaud
Rovaniemi rivière Kemijoki

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi March 2nd 2018

Pour commencer, merci les amis pour ce fabuleux cadeau d'anniversaire! Sans votre contribution, je ne serais pas en Laponie aujourd'hui. De mon tableau "Things to do bedore I die", je vais peut-être pouvoir réaliser un voeux supplémentaire: voir des aurores boréales! 6 semaines pour préparer ce voyage de 8 jours en Laponie Finlandaise. Nos sacs à dos sont prêts. Eléa est chez papi mamie. Notre itinéraire est ficelé, ou presque... : 1 nuit à Rovaniemi, 2 nuits a Saariselkä encore plus au nord, 3 nuits quelque part à définir au gré de nos envies et 2 nuits à Rovaniemi pour terminer. Levés 5:00 pour un vol CDG-Helsinki puis Helsinki-Rovaniemi. Arrivée par -5 degrés à 13:30. Les pistes de l'aéroport sont toutes blanches. Notre voiture de location pneus neiges obligatoires nous attend. Un plan qui se deroule ... read more
Des burgers au steack de renne !
Bienvenue au Snow Hotel
Notre mini chambre au Snow Hotel

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi December 14th 2017

Thursday 14 December 2017 Saariselka / Rovaniemi This morning we departed Saariselka, to visit Santa’s Village. Our journey started in the Polar light with the new moon shining in the southern sky. It was a beautiful drive watching the snow covered sides of roads and the conifer forests laden with snow. In time as the outside temperature dropped from -3 degrees to -10 degrees, we saw more light appearing but never the sun. Part-way there, we stopped at a large service station for a morning coffee. After about 1½ - 2 hours we spotted the entrance of the Santa Claus Village which Tom & I had visited in shorts and T-shirt in 2014. The village had grown extensively since that time. It looked so different covered in snow. It was beautiful The first thing we did ... read more
Igloo in main square Rovaniemi (6)
Santas Village Rovaniemi Ice Hotel & Restaurant (37)
Santas Village Rovaniemi (1)

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 12th 2017

Finland day 4 (& the night of day 3) Snuggly in a snow hotel, pink sunrise and peeing in the corridor Okay so last night was spent in a snow hotel. This was our first, and most probably last, time of doing this. I don't think it's something you'd be in a rush to do again so it makes me wonder why some people book in there for two nights-especially with young kids. Hopefully you'll understand why this is a bad idea by the time I've finished this blog. So before 10pm last night we were sat in a cosy room with a real fire burning away. We were both tired but trying to put off going to a room that hovers around the minus 5 mark. To get there it was a short walk outside ... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 12th 2017

You know how it is when you're super tired and sleepy from a long day but you're avoiding going to bed because it's a block of ice? That's how it was last night and I'd paid a lot of money for the privilege. Sitting in the lounge area behind reception with a roaring fire, we weren't the only ones procrastinating. A German couple had downed two bottles of wine by way of getting ready, but at €35 per bottle, this was not for me. When Glyn saw that the temperature had dropped down to -14, we decided this was our cue to go and stepped out into the cold. In the locker room, we got ready for bed. Now the guide earlier in the day had recommended just one layer of clothing, but that seemed too ... read more
Getting ready for bed
Getting ready for bed
Sunrise over glass igloos

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 11th 2017

Finland day 3 Husky dog sledding, snowshoeing, jumping in snow, sauna, jacuzzi and elk After an aurora free night the alarm went off at a brisk 6am. The glass igloos that had seemed so toasty when we first went in turned out to be quite cold during the night. Nothing compared with what we'll be getting tonight in the snow hotel of course! We both woke a few times and, whilst pulling the covers tighter, glanced hopefully up at the sky. But the northern lights continue to avoid us. We left our luxury igloos-the showers were fab by the way with two different sized heads and were nice and warm-and checked out so we could check in to the snow hotel later. The inclusive breakfast was excellent and had to keep us sustained till the evening ... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 11th 2017

Flying across a frozen lake in a creaky wooden sled pulled by five energetic Arctic huskies that never want to be stopped has to be on everyone's bucket list. This is how I spent my morning in Rovaniemi and I can't recommend it highly enough. We woke at 6 after not the best nights sleep. The glass igloos seem very warm at first, but after a while tucked up in bed, Glyn asked me if I thought the heating was on.... Maybe not as I was curled up in a tight ball trying to stay warm. We were supplied with two single beds that are just a little small for sharing although sharing was needed. So I'd woken up a couple of times in the night but sadly not because the northern lights alarm had gone ... read more
Alaskan huskie
Glass igloos
Warm hut at Bearhill Huskies

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 10th 2017

Finland Day 2 Igloos, tumbling and ice glasses at the Arctic circle A lie-in!! Yes I was allowed to sleep all the way through until 7am today and even managed to wangle breakfast AND lunch! It's getting a bit like a holiday already and we're only on day 2. And what if breakfast was a hot dog on the go from a convenience store and lunch was a sandwich to take away....I've still been allowed to eat! PLUS we have snacks for later. It's like Christmas it really is. Especially as Santa has his own minimarket here.... I think he's sold out but hey he has a diffcult job. For one day a year. Anyway, we got up before the free coffee was ready at the hotel and then Claire made me walk down 6 flights ... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 10th 2017

Lying in a warm bed, staring at the winter sky through a glass ceiling is an amazing experience and was how the day ended as this is what we came for. Glyn and I got up at 7am so as to see a little more of Helsinki before its time to fly up to Rovanemi. The temperature was a dry chill of -9 as we stepped out and immediately headed off in the wrong direction as I'd gotten confused with the various numbers in my tiny map that is only readable in extremely bright light. Eventually we ended up at some bended wooden chapel thing that is unusual looking but not that exciting. Then we trudged up past Bar Bakkari to the a rock Church which unfortunately is not some form of extreme metal palace of ... read more
Chapel, Helsinki
rock church, helsinki
Santas mini market

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi February 20th 2016

Finland! Ethan and I are on a trip to Lapland for his Bar Mitzvah. After a flight that can only be described as horrendous we landed in Rovaniemi, Lapland, and saw snow, icicles and pine forests. We were tired yet excited. Passport control went quickly and without a hitch in the tiny airport, and our guide and bus were waiting for us right there. We did the mandatory horsing around in the snow before getting on the bus, where our guide, Dror, introduced himself and told us what he had planned for the remainder of the day. He took us to lunch, nothing to write home about. Low grade fast food, but after our flight we really didn't need anything more. From there we went into the town of Rovaniemi and got our outfits. The outfit ... read more
Minus one degree outside
Ethan outfitted
Santa's snowman

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