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Today we didn't do much. Had a leisurely start to the day and then went for a walk in the snow. It was a lot warmer today, only about -10 and lightly snowing.
We had to return our hired trousers etc by 4pm so when we walked back from there it was just in jeans ...
Another "early start" as we had to be at PerheSafarit for another snowmobile safari. This time we do we are doing the 60km / 3 hour trip to Swanshore, a Private property with a Laplander hut where we will have soup for lunch.
There were 8 people on 6 snowmobiles plus two guides. We took a different route to the one we did on Wednesday and it was not so cold today, only about -20 in Levi meaning -30 out in the wilderness instead of -30 and ...
... standing on the brake with either one foot (for slow) or both feet (for stop). We must leave a 10m gap between us and the sled in front. The passenger sits in the sled on reindeer skins with a fluffy blanket. Once we´d had the safety demonstration (your nearest exit may be behind you), he radioed the kennels to say we were ready and immediately the dogs started howling with excitement. We walked over to the area and they were hooking up ...
Today was warmer than the previous few days, only about -22 to -17 degrees so positively balmy!!
It took us the usual 40 minutes to get dressed to go out and we headed for the tourist office where we asked a couple of questions and scabbed off their WiFi to send the previous blog entry to you. We then took the Gondola up the slopes to the hotel Panorama where we had coffee and cinnamon buns (a ...
... outside in -25c with just a towel on after a sauna, with a beer in hand, is very refreshing.
You can't stand in the cold all day, when it's -25c, five minutes is about enough and the body temperature has lowered back to normal.
After 5 minutes we quickly changed into our smart clothes, David finished his beer, and Katja drove us to Sieppijärvi.
It was mid afternoon by the time we arrived at Grandma's house and Christmas dinner ...