Davvi Arctic Lodge
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... us. The picture round was East Enders stars (surely not) and some of us stared blankly at the pictures who might as well have been alien life forms. We beat a hasty retreat, finished off with a final round of abuse, aka Uno, polished off the remaining red wine and nibbles and slumped into bed, weary. Icy temperatures and fresh air nurture a weary fatigue.
We're off to the airport around midday tomorrow and should be back at Gatwick by early evening UK time.
... to the café to sample the reindeer steaks with fries. S and I went to the hotel to ensure a quick getaway up the hill to the supposed light-pollution-free behind the hotel. (For the gourmets, chicken breasts or (Oh no, not again) tuna pasta squidge. The rice pudding dessert was a first if a little jaundiced for some reason.
We shot up the hill as the sun set and waited as the temperature dropped to -17 and then lower. Apart from one brief glimpse, we saw nothing but emerging ...
... Aside from the odd stuck snowmobile we had no dramatic spills to record!
The sky had by now clouded over and the Lights had gone. We were glad to be heading back to the warmth of Rabbit Hutch Central and a welcome beverage. It is quite remarkable how the combination of fresh, freezing air in bright sunshine can make you weary. The rosy-cheek glow is small compensation, but the sleep is very welcome. Two nights in a row for the Northern Lights! A novel and memorable ...
A welcome tea and coffee break followed by a short snooze for the geriatrics and then lunch in the petrol station café where "Wifi is free". Free it may be, but reliable it isn't. We learned that we had missed the crashing meteorite and that the world was still revolving despite our crises in the Arctic snow. After a snack and drink the Sextet scaled the mountain behind the hotel and admired the beautiful vista from the base of the radio mast. ...
... Valentine's Day the day before after all!)
The usual queuing supper at the hotel - for the gourmets among you it was a chilli or tuna n pasta, with that well known Finnish delicacy for dessert, bread and butter pudding. The quartet scaled the peak behind the hotel in a vain search for a Northern Lights experience. Twinkly lights, muffled snow sounds and squillions of fir trees as accompaniment.
A final glass or two of imported red wine, a slaughter of Uno and bed.