Oh my God it's cold!

Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Flag of Finland  , Lapland,
Sunday, January 6, 2013

Temp -20C to -25C

Yes it's cold, really brain freezing. So started the day with a big bowl of hot porridge topped with local wild berries. Yes it tasted as good as it sounds.

First day I've had to get out the full Arctic gear outfit; thankfully I splurged on this because you really can't survive without. Only stupid thing, I forgot to put on the thermal leggings so only part of me that's frozen are my lower legs. Won't make that mistake again!

Unfortunately because it's Sunday all the places I wanted to visit are closed. Makes life difficult when you're only here for a day. Missed out on seeing a traditional Sami reindeer farm, art & craft galleries, even souvenir shops. Even had to resort to a dodgy kebab restaurant for lunch because nothing else was open. The only options I had were snow mobiles again or going on a Husky sled ride, but I couldn't subject poor dogs to pulling me around. Cruelty to animals.

Not all was lost though. Went to a Sami Culture centre & saw interesting displays & artefacts. They also had beautiful crafts you could buy; woven wool clothing, reindeer antler jewellery, pottery, wooden objects. The things I liked though cost a lot, worth it but not in my budget.

Spent rest of the day going on a 5km walk around Inari lake. Really beautiful & peaceful. Even saw a cute squirrel running from tree to tree (too quick to take a photo). Not sure if photos worked because was already going dark. Sun never really rises high from the horizon & photo opportunities are really best between 11am-1pm.

No success with viewing the Aurora yet. Apparently they haven't seen them for over 2 weeks. Hopefully I have more chance on the cruise when I travel higher north.
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Cristina on

Hey Sis, remember, you prob wont be back in Finland any time soon. . . soooooo buy the things you like, stretch yourself a little, coz you most likely can't find these treasures at the 'Myer' sales!!!

sonia72 on

Yeah I know but I go back to Helsinki for 2 more days before going home. I did see some of these crafts in a shop there but didn't want to buy them yet because I still had so much travelling to do. I had my eye on a few handbags as well :)

Cristina on

OMG! You're the hand bag lady!!!

sonia72 on

Yeah I know, but you'll agree with me when you see them.

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