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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Akaslompolo July 3rd 2015

Monday 29 June It seemed only yesterday that my father told me that I was going to be an uncle (at the tender age of 13). Today is my eldest nephew’s 30th birthday which makes me feel old, and probably my sister feel ancient. Hope you had a great day Chris! This morning I headed out on foot to the Information Centre. It was probably only about 2.5 km from the cabin but it was nearly all uphill. However they had good quality free wi-fi so I was able to catch up on emails and blogs as well as find out if there was anything interesting to do. Meanwhile Heather and Zachary headed into town via the medical centre. Heather’s leg has improved greatly but probably needs a repeat course of penicillin. Being summer there is ... read more
Reindeer on the loose in Äkäslompolo.
Keeping a watchful eye on the wildlife.
A squirrel finds a good place to perch.

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Akaslompolo June 29th 2015

Here are the photos from our trip to the safari zoo and out sailing with Henrik and Anne.... read more
A family portrait.
Lunch time!
Cuteness personified.

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Akaslompolo June 29th 2015

As you will have deduced we have managed to find internet access . Below this blog is another with some photos of our day at Givskud Zoo & Safari Park as well as us going sailing with Anne and Henrik. Please note that the next blog is unlikely to appear before we get back to Helsinki on Saturday evening. Saturday 27 June: Well, after the complete shambles that was getting to Helsinki yesterday, today started nice and smoothly. We got up early and had time for a drink and a bit to eat before getting our taxi, which arrived on time. I noticed last night, and again on the trip to the airport, that traffic lights in Helsinki are all on set timer phases which don’t change regardless of the time or traffic conditions. Yet something ... read more
View from cabin - Lake Akaslompolo through the trees.
Checking out the local waters.
Church in Akaslompolo.

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Rovaniemi July 28th 2014

Rovaniemi just south of Arctic Circle in Finland/Lapland 27 July 2014 We arrived in Rovaniemi at 7.30pm after driving almost 700kms which was the biggest drive in one day for us since being in Europe this year. It was actually 8.30pm because Finland is in a different time zone to Sweden. We hadn't had dinner, so after booking into the camp site which was just over the other side of the city, we found a restaurant just up the road, which had some entertainment. We enjoyed our dinner - Tom had salmon and I had sauté reindeer. The reindeer was like a strong flavoured beef. When we were driving towards Rovaniemi, we saw a sizeable electrical storm in the distance. When we got into the city, the ground was wet. We had missed it completely, fortunately, ... read more
Arctic Circle and Santa Clause Village 8 kms nth of Rovaniemi Lapland  (25)
Arctic Circle and Santa Clause Village 8 kms nth of Rovaniemi Lapland  (26)
We chatted to Santa in his grotto on the Arctic Circle and Santa Clause Village 8 kms nth of Rovaniemi Lapland

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Enontekiö July 26th 2014

Last weekend of July I say goodbye to the farm that hosted me for almost a month, for lovely Carles who hosted me and my friends from time to time and start moving from Tromso to Kilpisjarvi and further down to Enontekio (Lapland, Finnland). From here, I hitch-hike and then walk, didn’t know really where, just knew Hetta Husky farm (the one I’m supposed to volunteer at) is somewhere on one of the roads. Mosquitoes and midges were much worse in here than in Norway, so I just kept moving till finally got to the farm. As the previous one, this farm was huge as well the main difference was that it’s based on huskies- 160 of them. Also expected me to be a strong Scottish man, people should definitely read my profile instead of guessing ... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo December 16th 2013

Oh dear, another rather gloomy day in Menesjärvi, but at least it's not still twenty degrees below zero; it's positively mild at only minus 3°! After breakfast I wrote up some more of our Lapland adventure and Bernie taught himself how to upload our videos to YouTube and then how to add the links into our travel blog. He has added video footage of us snowmobiling on Lake Menesjärvi at the end of the entry for the 11th of December and footage of our fabulous dogsledding experience at the end of the entry for the 12th of December. About 11.00am we geared up again and went out for a snowshoe shuffle along the track through the forest. I thought that we were going to do the short hike that we did with Toni on Friday night, ... read more
Forest Walk
Tree in the forest

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo December 15th 2013

The weather is rather gloomy today with a grey and overcast sky so this morning we were pretty lazy. We decided that we couldn't spend the whole day indoors though so, about 11.00am, we put on our outdoor gear and went down to the ski boot room to pick up some ski boots for another go at cross-country skiing. Our lesson with Lynda yesterday afternoon cost us €30 each, but we can now make as much use of the equipment as we wish for no extra charge. Outside we collected the skis and poles and carried them down to the lake. For our own safety we are not allowed to use the skis on the road or on downhill slopes. That means walking down to the lake and putting the skis on where it is nice ... read more
Bernie (Upright this time)
House near the Hotel
Houses by the Lake

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo December 14th 2013

Aaahh, the first of our three extra days to do as we wish. This morning we farewelled our English companions who flew up to Ivalo with us on Tuesday. They were dressed again in their civvies - no more onesies for them! - in preparation for their flight to Helsinki and then on to London. Sophia and Matt then have to drive up to Nottingham and won't be home until about 8.00pm so they have a long day of travel ahead of them. We hadn't put all of our gear on to wave goodbye but, even so, we decided to walk quickly down to the lake for a quick look. Bernie had the Sony camera with him so tried out its panorama function again. It really does make it super easy to take awesome panoramic photographs ... read more
Bernie in sunset
Aurora and Geminid Meteor Shower

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo December 13th 2013

This morning I ached allover from yesterday's dogsledding!! My upper body hurt from my driving efforts and what didn't hurt from that was bruised from bouncing around in the sled as a passenger! A reindeer skin may be warm and waterproof, but it doesn't provide very much cushioning between your butt and the sled. Dogsledding is certainly not for anyone who is not prepared to come away from the experience with some aches and pains and a few bruises! Not to worry, there are no broken bones and the rest will fade in a day or two ... and I still think it was one of the most fun things I have ever tried. This morning Toni drove us to the Porotila Reindeer Farm which is only about five minutes along the road from the hotel. ... read more
The herd
Deer Herder picnic

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo December 12th 2013

After breakfast this morning we piled into the Ford Transit for our visit to the Siberia Husky Farm that is owned by the local dog whisperer, Tinja. We were really, really looking forward to going dog-sledding. We tried to go dog-sledding when we were in Alaska, but bad weather conditions prevented us from being helicoptered up onto the Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau to the dog sledding venue. Today the weather was quite good and the husky farm was much more accessible as it can be reached by road. When we arrived all of the dogs started going crazy with excitement, sort of like - the tourists have arrived and we are going sledding!! Tinja welcomed us to her farm and started introducing us to the dogs. We were told that all of the Siberian Huskies and ... read more
Settling the lead dogs
Hurry Up

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