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23-05-14 Kaamanen (Finland) to Kiruna (Sweden)
After a rather sleepless night in the noisy motel I was in I got up for 8am breakfast and was out and on my way by 9am.
Again the weather was terrible and all I wanted was to get to somewhere near Narvik in Norway and find a nice hotel before the ferry the next day.
I set my satnav up to take me towards the west and across Sweden and finally to Narvik. Looking at the map on the satnav and ...
Our first trip of the 'big year' was to Swedish Lapland, to celebrate Anya's 30th birthday. We started the trip in Stockholm, Sweden's capital of 2 million people (you will get used to my love of statistics when it comes to places-I have a thing for population size, elevations distances). It's a city I've been to many times before and always had a fondness for. More because of the Swedes attitude towards partying than their love of flat packed wardrobes, meatballs and Roxette. ...
... not as bad as it sounds. It was actually really warm in the Ice Hotel when you were in your sleeping bags - it was colder outside. I actually had to grab my breakfast as I was running late for my morning excursion - I managed to make a sandwich and got a banana to take with me.
Today I went riding on an Icelandic horse on a Moose Safari. Although I saw the moose did not take a photo of it as it ...
... Billy and Buddy were our favourites) but once we were sledding through the most beautifual scenery you could imagine the silence kicked in and all you could hear was the odd pant from the boys and a random moose or reindeer in the distance. It was just awesome. Cold, sure, but an incredible experience.
Back to the hotel for the afternoon, and after a quick trip to a Sami camp nearby (a taste of local culture, and the chance for The Current ...
... to drive her. She then walks in the opposite direction away from our house, but luckily I managed to rescue her. I estimate our house was at least 2km away from the campsite. The good thing came out of this adventure was I got to see a faint Aurora happening in the sky. For dinner I ate a delicious pork chop. It is possible to see northern light from the backyard of our house so I periodically check outside. While C was sleeping (this is her favorite activity) ...
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