Running over reindeer!

Trip Start Mar 28, 2011
Trip End May 27, 2012

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Flag of Finland  , Eastern Finland,
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Leaving the arctic circle we almost ran over several reindeer, they appeared out of nowhere on the roads, which was dangerous, but loads of fun for us to stop and try and get pictures of. 
Somewhere along the way, we passed a zoo, and decided to run in  and see what was going on. Rachel brought some deer antlers, which were cool, but we have no idea what to do with them! we were given a map of the zoo, and told we had just over an hour before the park closed. we raced around looking at the otters and other caged critters like ferrets and stoats, then moved on to the owls, which there were a lot of. the snowy old was pretty cool, and the golden eagles were huge. next up was the fun part- the polar bears, brown bears and lynx. unfortunatly, the polar bears were asleep, and try as we could, we didnt see the brown bears anywhere. the lynx was out prowling around though, and the little wolverines were running around eating fruit. the deers and moose were the last big animals in the zoo to see, but most of the deers ran away form the fence line, so we wernt able to actually see them. there was a small kids zoo as we exited, it had exciting animals like chickens, ducks, a turkey, a sheep and a donkey.
The rest of the drive down to Savonlinna was uneventful, it wasnt as scenic as we had thought it would be, either that, or we have been getting spoilt with amazing scenery lately.
the town itself was cute. we parked in the old towns cobbled streets and walked to the castle, the main attraction in the town located down in the river on an island. we paid a euros to have a guided tour, of what lonely planet described as “one of the most spectacular castles in northern europe”, while it was entertaining, and fun to walk around, i doubt it rates on many peoples ‘spectacular’ lists. It had an interesting history, and the guide was knowledgable.
Savonlinna is also known for its two lakes which are meant to contain seals. we didnt see any unfortunatly. that night we camped at the man made channel which connected the two lakes, it was one of the best free camp sites we had found on the trip.
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