Further north to Kemi
Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
56Trip End Jan 23, 2013
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Making my way to the Arctic Circle, Kemi is the official start of Lapland. The further I go north the deeper the snow gets, which is great because it had started to melt away in Helsinki.
Kemi is a small town on the shore of the Gulf. In the summer it's a resort town by the water, with water sports & beaches the main attractions. In winter there is a blanket of white everywhere and the harbour apparently has ice more than a metre thick. Saw some people yesterday go snow mobiling across the expansive ice. Not my idea of fun sitting on a really noisy machine. Instead I did nature walks around the harbour where the only sound you hear is crunching snow as you walk.
A walk around the township was also peaceful
The biggest challenge is the more I go north & off the traditional tourist trail less people speak English. Finnish is a super difficult language with no links to Latin or other Scandinavian countries. So my brief knowledge of Suomi (Finnish) gets me by. Example; word for orange is 'appelsiinitaysmu' whereas the word for apple is 'omena'. I'm lucky that Finnish people are very respectful & patient. There not big talkers until they get to know you, but like Aussies they don't like people who bullshit or show off.
P.S. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRONTE!