Snowmobiles, Cross-Country Skiing and more Lights!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 19, 2012

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Flag of Finland  , Lapland,
Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fueled up from a scrumptious breakfast, our next days adventure in this snowy playground was a snowmobile safari! After learning the controls we were off and away driving in pairs to discover more of this beautiful area. We skimmed across frozen marsh, rivers and lakes and through trees covered in snow amongst this wonderful winter wonderland.

The scenery was enough but always up for more adventure Chloe and I decided to hang back at the rear of the group and, when we had enough free road, slammed on full throttle and zoomed off skidding over the snow! Great adrenalin and catch-your-breath fast speeds!

We then stopped by a wooden hut out in the middle of nowhere to have a hot drink round a campfire before heading back again. The delicious berry tea was served in authentic little wooden cups called kuksa. It felt very wildernessy!

After a quick bite of lunch we were off again, this time cross-country skiing. Now, I have never been skiing at all before and Chloe has only done downhill skiing, but we were reassured by our brochure that no experience was necessary for the beginners group. So once we were kitted out we assembled in our group of 5 by the start of the cross-country track. At this point the guide pretty much said, 'right strap on your ski's and off we go'. Hmm.. perhaps this was not the beginners group.

What followed was much fumbling with ski's and then a very bambi-like approach to the track. Neither of us really knowing what we were doing we somehow managed to shuffle ourselves along the track until we reached a big uphill.... It was literally one foot forward and then 2 slides back. At this point lagging behind the rest of the group they were all waiting and watching with amusement as we struggling to heave ourselves up the slope.

Eventually we made it up and then they were all off again in front. Great tutoring! However now it was the ride down the other side of the hill... with everyone merrilly shooting off I shouted at Chloe, 'what do I do?!' to which she called back 'just ski down'. Aaa of course, very helpful! At the crest of the hill I held my breath and pushed off making sure to lean slightly forward and whoooooooosh, a great sensation of sliding down the hill! I could get used to this!

Although then there was more trudging across the flat or uphill. Suprisingly very hard work but we did sort of get the hang of it. Obviously there were lots of bambi moments and many bruises but we made it in one piece to the halfway point. Here we stopped for a drink and snack before setting off again on the way back.

Now the way back was much more downhill and 'weeeeeeeeeeeee' very exhilerating! A very funny moment was when the man infront of Chloe fell over, causing her to crash into him, followed by me careering into the both of them to top off the pile. No-one really knew how to stop. Pah, that just makes it more exciting I suppose!

As evening drawed in, we were then taken for our next night-time excursion. This time a snowmobile journey out to 'Aurora Kota', a little hut specially designed for presentations by the nearby Geological Institute. In this 'theatre' we discovered the science and magic behind the Aurora Borealis, fascinating stuff. Then the return snowmobile ride through the darkness back to our chalet for dinner.

On the menu was salty house pastry with salad, followed by lavastone grilled beef steak with creamy potatoes and Aurora's seasoned butter (being a veggie I had risotto), with crispy cranberry dessert avec caramel sauce for pudding! Yum.

After dinner we were chilling out in the lounge area along with some of the other guests, when we all heard a 'beep'. And then another 'beep', and another and another! Everyone's alarms were going off so with a flurry of excitement we were all racing back to our rooms to get layered up for the cold, then dashing out eagerly focussing on the night sky.

We headed to the frozen lake as had been told this was a good place near the chalet for observing, and lay on the snow and ice fixed on the sky. And there they were again, glorious greens glowing in the distance, then forming waves and lines over our heads with shapes dancing along the lengths. Enchanting and again, breathtaking.

We had been SOOOOO lucky, two displays of the extraordinary elusive Northern Lights in two nights.
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