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  • Day46


    August 14 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Nachdem mär ja im schwedische Åre zwei super Biketäg gha hend, hemmer natürlich au no wellä Finland under d Lupe näh, gnauer Levi.

    Levi, DAS Wintersportgebiet in Finland… Oder eifach de einzig Hügel mit 531 müM wiit und breit (stimmt nöd ganz, aber fasch😉)

    Da mer am spötere Abig ersch z Levi ahcho sind und mer z fuul gsii sind en Stellplatz oder ähnlichs z sueche, hemmer eifach uf em Parkplatz vor de Gondelstation gschlafe.
    Mer hend sogar chöne usschlafe, will au d Suomis sich nöd stressä lönd und ersch am 10ni alles ufmöched. Obwohls Samstig gsi isch (jaa mir hend wieder mal super planet🙈) hetts fasch kei lüüt gha! So simmer gmüetlich öbbe uf di halbi 11i ufs Bike.

    Die blaue Trails sind sogar de Ines rächt schnäll langwilig worde, so das mer eus langsam a die rote anetaschtet händ. Und mol die sind kuul gsi! Technisch nöd ahspruchsvoll aber zum üebe top.

    Åre blibt aber ganz klar eusä Favorit! 🥇

    Memo a ois (und dasmal au hiiwis a alli wo nöd Biked
    - vo obe gseht JEDES schänzli grösser us (lönd eu aso nöd tüsche vo de Ines ihrem gümpli 😂)
    - au de Michi het bi sim Sprung d Hose voll gha 😉
    - Dönerpizza isch komisch aber na geil
    - zum Glück het eus Google wiedermal ghulfe und ois mitteilt, das Finland inere andere Ziitzone isch und zwar +1

    (Föteli: Bikeprofis in Levi 🤙🏽🥴)
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    Family Watkins

    Fabulous professionals! It looks amazing 😊

    Chris Müller

    Ines git aber richtig Gas😉

    Chris Müller


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  • Day16

    Mitten im Niegendwo

    September 5 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Wir auf dem Weg zum Weihnachtsmann. Da wir gerne die Nebenstrassen fahren, kommen wir nicht so schnell voran. Wir bewegen uns durch die Einsamkeit des finnischen Lapplandes. Da uns diese endlosen Wälder gut gefallen beschließen wir uns einen Stellplatz zu suchen. Werden dann an einer Lichtung auch fündig, weit genug das man die Haupstrasse ( unbefestigte Straße 🙄) kaum hört, naja hier fuhren auch nur 5-8 Autos den ganzen Abend lang. Aus dem herumliegenden Holz machen wir ein schönes Lagerfeuer und genießen die Ruhe

    …. In the middle of nowhere…,
    On our way to visit Santa!
    Since we like traveling the side roads, we get ahead slowly. We are driving through the loneliness of the Finnish Lapland. Since we really enjoy these endless forests around us we stay at an open area with enough distance to an unpaved road. 5-8 cars passed since we stopped here. Traffic is rather rare here.
    There lays cut up birch wood, we make a fire and enjoy the peaceful, quiet atmosphere 🙏🏻
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  • Day17

    Der lange Weg zum Weihnachtsmann

    September 6 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Und warum ist er so lange?
    Weil das der Weihnachtsmann so will!!
    Gestern Nacht unter klarem Sternenhimmel geschlafen, ohne Nordlichter ( natürlich)🤷🏻‍♀️

    …The long road to Santa…
    And why is it so long?
    Because Santa wants it that way!!
    Last night we slept under clear ⭐️⭐️ skies, without Northern light (of course)🤷🏻‍♀️
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  • Day17

    Im 🐌-Tempo unterwegs

    September 4 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    Die Schotterstraßen muss man hier oben nicht suchen, sie sind allgegenwärtig. Heute hatten wir ein besonders langes Exemplar - 57km 👌🤪 So bot sich genügend Zeit zum Fenster putzen, nebenbei Joggen, dem Hund die Aussicht zeigen und Fotografieren 😁Read more

  • Day24


    April 23, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Safe and sound in the Arctic Circle. Been up since 2am (we are all on Beijing time). Trying to stay up til 8, then we will dose up on Melatonin and sleep the sleep of champions, ready to ski/board tomoz.

    THURSDAY: It's still winter wonderland here in late April. What a beautiful pocket of the world. Except for the ski field, the area is very flat which makes for long, easy, picturesque walking tracks. Wooden cabins are dotted around the place and birch (?) trees everywhere. Scandinavia feels very home-y to me. Maybe because some of my ancestors came from this corner of the world? Maybe because if you squint really hard this place is a bit like Iowa in winter: flat, empty, snow-covered. People are friendly, healthy, & happy looking (not like the dour Finn stereotype). I like Levi. It has good mojo. I like that shopkeepers speak to me in Finnish, not recognising me as a tourist.

    Finnish design deserves mention. Cheap, made-in-China knock-offs don't exist up here in Lapland. The clothes are beautiful (& expensive)- gorgeous cuts and fabrics. Furniture is funky and practical. Loads of wood.

    We have been skiing daily. I conquered a few red runs, quite a feat! Boys had to wait about 10 minutes for me to get to the bottom, but still.... and I learned how to use a T-bar (although stacked it here). Meanwhile, the 3 of them go off on races and jumps. Jesse should enrol in speed-skiing. Zach has invented a new kind of snowboarding he calls 'Superman.' Today I am thinking of trying out some cross country paths.
    We were sad to leave lovely Levi! From the great skiing, the buckets of strawberry milkshakes, rummy tournaments, snowball fights, saunas, and friendly locals. Such a great time! I found something called ‘Sauna Honey’ at the supermarket (‘Sauna Hunaja’)- a gooey lotion that you put on before the sauna, and as you sweat it exfoliates your skin and you smell heavenly of ‘midsummer birch.’

    On the last night we had a massive, quiet snowstorm with thick, chunky flakes. I took a midnight walk. It was the Levi Festival- so loads of people out in party mode. I ended up chatting to a couple of locals who said it was nothing- it even snows in May. They love Lapland but said the winter is constantly dark and you get depressed. The White Nights of summer are amazing, but they get plagued with giant mosquitoes in the ‘heat’ of 15C (their words!). So seems like we visited at just the right time.
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    Karen Newberry


  • Day4

    Exploring Levin Iglut

    January 29, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ -4 °C

    The travel time from Kittila airport was 30 min .We stayed at one of 24 rooms of the Levin Iglut .The igloos were warm and had a kitchen .We recommend booking in advance . There is also a reception area which had refreshments and breakfast in the morning.Read more

  • Day6

    Snow-mobile and Northern Lights

    January 31, 2017 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ -7 °C

    We had warm breakfast at Levi Panaroma Hotel and headed over for our 2.5 hour snow-mobile experience . It was an amazing view- more difficult than a jet-ski with the snow offering an unexpected resistance . They offered warm drink , cookie and teepee (Finnish tent)experience as a part of the tour.
    At night we made the decision to explore snow-shoeing atop hill at Levi. This turned out to be an amazing decision since we got to see the Northern Lights . It was amazing to find out that northern lights move and they have a head and tail. It was interesting to hear about the Finnish belief that conceiving a child during northern lights sighting yields a baby boy! Our guide also told us tales about Finnish forest and had a stopover for warm drinks making the snow-showing experience very memorable. Word of caution though- Snow shoeing can be very exhausting especially in biting cold that is required for northern lights sighting.(*Remember to carry your DSLR camera here)
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  • Jun2

    Toch maar een Hotel ...

    June 2, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Onze gereserveerde Airbnb , 24 kmtr voor Kittalä zag er van buiten charmant uit en stond in een prachtig bosrijke omgeving. De eerste stap binnen wekte onze verbazing. Beetje vies, slordig en we roken de honden en kattenbak. Dat de eigenaresse 2 honden en 2 katten had wisten we. Zijzelf was er niet en ook de dieren had ze mee. De kleine woonruimte met keukenunit zagen er niet fris uit, de vlokken honden-en kattenhaar lagen overal op de vloer en op de bank. Niet flauw doen, even stofzuigen. En het zal ook wel warmer worden. Maar er waren ook geen instructies, geen handdoeken, geen Wifi etc van wat geadverteerd werd. Even onze slaapplek bekijken. Dat was het toppunt: vies beslapen bed, de afdrukken nog op het laken en de kussens. Snel wegwezen! We vragen ons geld, niet veel, terug. Wat een ervaring! Hoe durft iemand dit als air b&b aan te bieden. Bah!!
    Gelukkig vonden we in Kittilä zelf een rustig net en schoon hotel met keukentje voor de gasten en uiteraard ook de Finse sauna erbij.
    (PS geld terug gehad, excuusverhaalsmoes, nou ja, een verhuurder moet ook zijn verantwoordelijkheid nemen)
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  • Day24

    Palolaitos Kittilä

    July 9, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Auf meiner Fahrt durchs Lappland standen in Kittilä die Feuerwehrfahrzeuge auf dem Hauptplatz. Ich nutzte die Chance und sprach mit einem anwesenden Feuerwehrmann. Die Feuerwehr ist für ihr gesamtes Gemeindegebiet verantwortlich, was 8’094 km² Landfläche entspricht. Zum Vergleich, der Kanton Luzern hat eine Gesamtfläche von 1493 km². Im Winter werden auch Rettungen von Skifahrer, mittels Schneemobil oder UTV’s gemacht. Er lud mich auch zu einem kurzen Rundgang durch seine Feuerwache ein. Es stellte sich heraus, dass die Feuerwache über eine eigene Sauna verfügt, welche immer läuft! Die Antwort ist simpel, nach eine Einsatz möchte man sich reinigen, da reicht duschen bei den Finnen nicht.

    On my journey through Lapland, the fire engines were parked in the main square in Kittilä. I took the chance and talked to a local firefighter. The fire department is responsible for their entire community area which corresponds to 8094 km² land area. By comparison, the canton of Lucerne has a total area of ​​1’493 km². In winter, they also resuce injured skier using snowmobiles or UTV's. He also invited me on a short tour of his fire station. It turned out that the fire station has its own sauna, which always runs! The answer is simple, after a mission you want to clean yourself as showering is not enough for the Finns.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Kittilä, Kittilae, Gihttel, Kittâl