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Kittilä

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12 travelers at this place:

  • Day24

    LEVI, FINLAND

    April 23 in Finland

    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.
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    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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  • Day24

    Palolaitos Kittilä

    July 9 in Finland

    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.

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    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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  • Day4

    Exploring Levin Iglut

    January 29, 2017 in Finland

    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.

  • Day6

    Snow-mobile and Northern Lights

    January 31, 2017 in Finland

    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)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Kittilä, Kittilae, Gihttel, Kittâl

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