Blogs from Lapland, Finland, Europe


Europe » Finland » Lapland March 4th 2019

The problem with having a job researching potential and current impacts of climate change, is that you know what the potential and current impacts of climate change actually are. Thus, my travel priority list has been adjusted somewhat to involve more places that within my lifetime will be inexorably altered. As such, for this birthday I found myself up north of the Arctic Circle. Specifically, we were 2.5 degrees or a few hundred kilometres north of the Arctic Circle in Saariselka, Finland. I didn’t think I was a fan of cold places during cold times of year, however, it was beautiful. I also thought three days and three nights would have been plenty of time, but I could have stayed a lot longer. This trip was a gift from mum and dad for getting my PhD ... read more
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Urho Kekkonen National Park
Sledge run in Saariselkä

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Luosto November 26th 2018

We checked out of our hotel and caught the 11am ski bus back to Rovaniemi Airport, which takes about 1.5 hours. The flight to Helsinki took just over an hour and we viewed gorgeous crimson sunsets through our plane window. There was just enough time to have a quick snack in the lounge before our next flight. Before take-off, our plane had to taxi to a section of the tarmac for de-icing. This was interesting to watch as you pull into an area, with 2 trucks on either side. The trucks have a crane on the back with a box at the top where someone sits with a big hose. They spray some sort of foam mixture on the main wings and on the tail. It only takes a few minutes to do once you are ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Luosto November 24th 2018

During the night, we finally had snow so we woke up to about an inch of fresh snow on the ground outside. The trees were also coated in a dusting. The morning was about minus 3 and we had no activities booked so we decided to have an easy morning lazing in our room, repacking our bags and enjoying the views through the ceiling. Around midday, we walked into the village and went for a walk around the lake – about 2kms in length. The scenery was really pretty with the snow on the fir trees just like on Christmas cards. Shelley even lay down and made a snow angel. After our walk, we went to the Bistro at the Luostotunturi Hotel for lunch. The afternoon was spent relaxing in our igloo, watching the sun go ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Luosto November 23rd 2018

After breakfast, we were picked up at 10am for a visit to the Kopara Reindeer farm. It was minus 6 degrees, with a windchill of minus 9, so we wore our hired ski jumpsuits and boots. Our guide gave us a lot of information about the area and reindeer. He collected some lichen for us to feed the reindeer with. In Lapland, there are more reindeer than people (200,000 reindeer and only 180,000 people). He was of Lapis origin, rather than Finnish or a Sami (native). At the end of the tour, we were taken up to see all the huskies (both Siberian and Alaskan) in their pens. There is no snow at the moment so they are allowed out of their cages to run around for exercise. When there is snow, they get enough exercise ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Luosto November 22nd 2018

It gets light very late in the arctic so we had a lazy morning in bed and went down to breakfast about 9:30am. Breakfast is buffet style and there is a section of cereals, breads and toasts with jam, some sort of unidentifiably porridge type mush, baby sausages and what looked like scrambled egg but tasted like baked custard… There were also croissants and several cheeses, cured meats, tomato, smoked salmon and cucumber to choose from. Following breakfast, we collected our clothes (ski jumpsuits and boots) and went back to the igloo to try them on for size. We didn’t think we needed them today so we put our own thermals and clothes on and went for a walk into the village. It is only a few hundred metres down the road and there is another ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Luosto November 21st 2018

On Tuesday night, we stayed overnight at the Novotel at Heathrow airport so that we would be close to the terminal for our early morning flight. We were up just after 4am and the hotel taxi took us to terminal 3 at 5am for our first flight to Helsinki. We went into the Cathay Pacific lounge for some breakfast prior to our 7:30 flight. This first took almost 3 hours and we had some lovely views of southern Finland towards the end of the flight. There are a surprisingly large number of lakes and waterways in Finland. We had a transit of around 4 hours so we holed up in the Finnair lounge prior to our flight to Rovaniemi, which took 1 hr 20 mins. It gets dark in Finland around 3:30pm so we had a ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Lapland » Enontekiö August 4th 2018

For better or worse, the heatwave gripping much of Scandinavia abated just the day before my summit attempt of Halti Mountain in Finland. The mountain's summit is actually in Norway but the highest point in Finland is just short of the summit. Norway recently tried to redraw its border to give Finland the entire mountain but was denied by a constitutional technicality. Of course, with the heat dissipating came the rain. A lot of rain. One minute I was basking in the sun at Pihtsusjärvi hut, the wind whipping up from the hot south, the next minute the wind shifted from the north, as in the North Pole, definitely not hot. I managed to tag objective numero dos of the Scandinavia Peak Bagging Trilogy in ~3 hours from the hut and another 2½ return, pretty pedestrian ... read more
Crossing the Border Again
Approaching Meekonjärvi
Camping at Meekonjärvi

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 July 3rd 2018

Hallo Fussballfan's und Bloger's Kirkenes hat uns mit gutem Wetter erwartet aber infolge fehlendem Campingplatz sind wir, nachdem wir die "Grossstadt" besichtigt haben weitergereist. Die Fahrt zur russischen Grenze war erlebnisreich, zumindest was die Strassenverhältnisse anbelangten. Das Ende der Strasse war irgendwie auch das Ende der Welt. Ende und aus und nur noch die Barentsee mit ihren eisigkalten Fluten. Das war nun der entfernteste Punkt von Daheim auf unserer Reise und somit geht es jetzt wieder südwärts. Auf wiedersehen Norwegen du wunderbares, traumhaftes mit tollen Überraschungen gespicktes Land. Wilkommen Finnland du unbekanntes, seenreiches, wildtierreiches Land in dem man vor lauter Bäume den Wald nicht mehr sieht. Kaum angekommen steigen auch die Temperaturen auf 26 Grad und der Mückenbestand kommt langsam auf die unangenehme Ebene.... read more

Europe » Finland » Lapland » Ivalo July 2nd 2018

Bonjour à tous, Un peu plus d’informations sur le Cap Nord, le point le plus septentrional d’Europe est en fait situé à 1457m plus au nord le Cap Kniuskjellodden. Ce point n’a pas été retenu car moins majestueux que le Cap Nord. Le Cap Nord, marque la limite entre la mer de Norvège (Atlantique) et la mer de Barents. Les miliers de croisiéristes qui débarquent, à Hammerfest, ne doivent pas faire trop faire travailler le commerce local. Une seule boutique de souvenirs, et seulement 2 restaurants, le Viva Italia et King Crab j’ai cherché, et même avec l’aide du gps je n’en ai pas trouvé d’autres. Pizza, c’est assez pour l’instant, va pour le Kong Crab, c’était plus tôt le king de très peu dans l’assiette, mais le King de l’addition. Mais il fait encore un ... read more
Le soleil de minuit!!!!!
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