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  • Day5

    Lappland ❤️❤️❤️

    July 20, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    ... und der Mond scheint hell auf mein Haus am See... dazu später mehr ❤️😍❤️
    Wir sind heute wieder auf der Via Karelia weiter nach Norden gefahren, wir sind jetzt in Lappland. Die Landschaft hat sich dramatisch verändert, es ist unbeschreiblich. Man glaubt es nicht, wenn man es nicht selbst gesehen hat. Das ''Land der tausend Seen'' macht seinem Namen alle Ehre und zeigt sich bei unglaublich gutem Wetter von seiner schönsten Seite. Auf streckenweise schnurgeraden Straßen, vorbei an endlosen Wäldern und unendlich vielen Seen - plötzlich stehen die Rentiere auf der Straße. Und sie gehen NICHT zur Seite 😂. Wir haben dann noch bei den ''silent people'', dem schweigenden Volk angehalten. Über 1000 Vogelscheuchen - sehr beeindruckend.
    Den krönenden Abschluss bildete unsere heutige Unterkunft : Ruka Safaris - Papin Talo Apartments. Gelegen direkt an einem idyllischen See, mit kostenlosen Kanus 😋
    Wir sind gerade so richtig zufrieden und glücklich, in unserem Haus am See 😍❤️😍❤️
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  • Day813

    Finnish Traditions

    February 18, 2018 in Finland ⋅ 🌙 -0 °F

    We wake at 8 and I’ve slept well even if it’s not been for long. Ida’s sister is on her way to pick us up to drive to the chalet where we will spend the next few days. Ada and Elma (Ada’s 18 month old daughter) arrive shortly followed by Tina (Ida’s mum) and we all enjoy a breakfast together followed by me having a little browse around the outside of the House. There is only a small community here and the nearest shops are a car ride away together with the only pub for miles. For breakfast I eat a rice pastry with a dressing of eggs and butter which tastes very similar to egg mayonnaise but nicer. Belly’s full and a three hour drive ahead we set off. It’s crazy how a smidging of snow brings the uk to a standstill and even though the roads are well gritted they still seem treachorous to me. The whole journey consists of snow and trees which I suppose is pretty understandable as Finland has 80% coverage with forest. The snow clings to the trees making for the most adorable views. We stop halfway for a coffee but it’s not quite a Costa. The coffee here is traditionally strong but it’s warm and that’s what is important. I pay a visit to the ladies and have soon come to realise that it’s hard work getting dressed and undressed. It’s so cold outside but whenever you go into a place it’s so warm you have to strip off. After refreshments and redressing were back in the car for the remainder of the journey. The cars here have plugs a bit like hybrid cars but the plug here keeps the engine warm so it’s easy to start.
    After more trees and snow we arrive in kuusamo and at Ida’s dads cabin. Jonathan Ada’s husband is here and as we sit around the dinner table drinking coffee Papa cooks reindeer stew. It’s so good traveling with local people as you get to see the traditional family ways, and even though her dad doesn’t speak English everyone else does so communication is good. The reindeer stew is delicious and as soon as we’ve finished we head up for the most amazing sunset. The colours are so vibrant and the contrast with the snow certainly makes this one of my favourites. After the sun has gone down there is something that they call a blue moment here, it’s not like just the sky turning blue it’s more than that but something that you just have to see.
    Early evening we make our way to moumou’s which is grandma in Finnish and awaiting us is more food. Grandma lives literally at the end of the road and when we arrive all the family are waiting. We eat and drink and I have a traditional coffee with cheese yes cheese. You put the cheese in drink the coffee and then sprinkle the cheese with sugar and eat delicious. After spending a few hours it’s time to get back on the road and head for the final destination via the K supermarket on route for essentials. I love walking round foreign supermarkets and can’t believe they have a pick and mix for pets.
    We arrive at the cabin a short time later and once the fires going finish the evening cooking sausages on forks in the flames followed by marshmallows. What a truly amazing day
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  • Day814

    Sledging Fun

    February 19, 2018 in Finland ⋅ 🌙 9 °F

    I wake just in time for the sunrise and just as I think it’s not that great the sun lights the sky with a beautiful orange glow. Once everyone is up we have breakfast and after a shower we’re out the door. The first stop is in the town where we go in the designer shop that sells lots of local wears including hand knitted items and clothes as well as artisan items. We take a walk down to the lake, but can only walk so far as the track is dedicated solely to skiers and they go crazy if your caught 😂😂
    We make our way to pick up moumou ( grandma) and on root I spot a park full of snowmen. We pull over and Ida explains they we’re built a while ago when it was warmer but because it’s so cold they haven’t defrosted. Back in the car we arrive at grandmas before taking her to lunch at the local spa. Lunch is pork cooked in a mustard sauce and various other items including salads and potatoes. After lunch we drive to Ruka a small town but it’s one of the largest skiing resorts in Finland as much as I’m keen to try everything skiing is a no go for me as breaking my leg would destroy the long term plan and knowing how clumsy i am I’m not going to take the risk. The scenery here is beautiful even though it’s a lot of trees and snow its very different every way you look. We make our way back to the cabin as sledging is today’s activity and Ida’s goddaughters are meeting us there. I try and convince moumou that she should join us but she’s having none of it so me and the girls head out with the sleds. I can’t believe how hard work it is the going down is fine but as I get off and try and climb back up the snow is waist deep and I literally have to climb through it and by the time I get to the top I can barely breathe. We have a couple more goes and it does get slightly easier as the snow gets packed. Ada then suggests we go along the road with the sleds and she pulls me. I have a scream but i have to say when I have to do the pulling it near damn kills me. We finish up and head inside for the best hot chocolate ever joined with Finnish sweet rolls called laskiaispulla which are filled with cream and jam followed by coffee ☕️. We are joined by lots more family and loads of kids. It’s great how family are so important here and everyone talks rather than watching tv 📺 we all sit round the table and drink coffee and eat breads and cheese this is very traditional so who Evers house you go to the put the percolated coffee on and everyone comes together at the table , even the young children. The only telly that’s been watched since I’ve been here is the Winter Olympics. Everyone leaves after a few hours and the Sauna is on. it’s a well known fact that going from hot to cold is really good for the soul so sticking with tradition I jump out of the sauna and run outside where I roll in the snow then back into the sauna and I have to say it’s amazing. Shortly after as I go outside the sky is lit up in one area and I run back inside to tell the guys. They come out and confirmed it’s the northern lights and as they’ve seen it before I stay outside to try and get some photos. I truly am blessed to see them as it’s not a regular occurrence here but another box ticked and I go to bed a happy bunny.
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  • Day39


    August 14, 2016 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Waren bei 'silent people'.sehr beeindruckend stehen diese Figuren mit torffköpfen u kleidungsspenden an Kreuzen befestigt.sollen ca 1000 sein. Dann gab's noch Crepe original finnischen Herd am Feuer.
    Weiter Richtung Nationalpark oulanka machten wir einen Besuch bei einer kleinen rentierfarm..
    Nun erreichen wir hoffentlich bald unser heutiges Ziel.sehen allerdings gerade ein Schild Husky farm😊😊da müss ma hin!Read more

  • Day40

    Nationalpark oulanka+Umgebung

    August 15, 2016 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Gestern hatte die huskyfarm leider schon geschlossen.heute haben wir sie aber alle gesehen die huskies. Im September werden sie wieder vor die Schlitten gespannt. Bis mai.high season klar.Wir kamen hin u kurz darauf wurden alle gefüttert.Das war ein gejohle u gehüpfe in den gehegen! Haben dort auch Schafe Lamas u rentiere. Nachmittags im nationalpark angekommen.sehr feine Stimmung. Zum ausprobieren 5km spaziert.wenn's Wetter morgen passt woĺlen wir die 12km lange kleine bärenrunde gehen.mal abwarten.Read more

  • Day41

    trail pieni karhunkierros

    August 16, 2016 in Finland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Sind heute die "kleine bärenrunde" gewandert
    Voll schön!
    Mit Hängebrücken Wildwasser und Hütten für mehrtägige Wanderungen
    Die wackligen Hängebrücken waren für lina eine ziemliche Herausforderung!!!
    Wetter leider immer noch nass u kühl
    Lagerfeuer wärmt uns jetzt am abend😆

  • Day41

    schon am Feuerplatz

    August 16, 2016 in Finland ⋅ 🌧 9 °C

    Ein typ hatte dieses super alte feuerhäferl mit u kochte darin sein teewasser am lagerfeuer.
    Die Wanderung ist bei jeder Witterung empfehlenswert.sicher traumhaft wenn Sonne manchmal scheint.supergegend!!

  • Day7

    Endlich - Polarkreis und Rentiere, aber

    August 24, 2018 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Nach einer etwas unruhigen Nacht, ich hab Schritte (oder Hufe?) gehört, ging es schnurstracks Richtung Polarkreis. Leider konnten wir das Arctikum nicht besuchen, wegen Fanny, aber mei.... Dann weiter in den Norden hinein. Eigentlich wollten wir dann auch gerne die Amethyst Mine besuchen. Jedoch fing es das regnen an, der Eintritt war teuer und Fanny? Also wieder zurück, an vielen Rentiere am Straßenrand vorbei, weiter Richtung Oulanka Nationalpark. Hier haben wir leider eine verkehrte Strecke genommen und mussten knapp 30 km wieder zurück. Letztendlich war dann die Strecke bis zum Nationalparkzentrum ein Horror. Hoffentlich wird dies nun eine bessere Nacht....Read more

  • Day3

    Saija Lodge, Husky-Tagestour, 30km

    December 13, 2016 in Finland ⋅ 🌙 -5 °C

    "... und dein Leithund Katja muss in der Pause immer losgebunden und separat gehalten werden, sonst frisst sie ihr Gstältli... oder das von einem anderen Hund!"
    Ooookay, gäbed mir doch na bitz Extra-Arbät...

  • Day5

    Saija Lodge, Ende der 2-Tages-Tour

    December 15, 2016 in Finland ⋅ 🌙 -5 °C

    Bei hitzigen -5 Grad (ja, wir sind alle zu warm angezogen) beenden wir den Hundeteil der Ferien.

    Wir waren eine Super-Truppe: Guide Jari, Martin aus Hessen und die Britin Sarah, die insgesamt 7x vom Schlitten gefallen ist und dies mit viel Humor genommen hat und mit uns darüber Tränen lachen konnte.

    ... und natürlich meine Hunde: Kolyma, Katja, Lasko, Rita und Devil... Devil würde ich am liebsten mit nach Hause nehmen, der ist viel mehr Angel als Devil!
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