Moikka Suomi (Goodbye Finland)

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

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Flag of Finland  , Lapland,
Monday, January 7, 2013

Temp -27C

Left Inari early in the morning by mini bus on the way to catch the ship at Kirkenes.

Along the drive I finally got to see some reindeer, ten in total. They really are beautiful animals especially with their impressive antlers. The driver did extremely well to spot them when in was dark. They are a bit like kangaroos in that if they want to cross a road they do.

Along the way we stopped at a Sami village for a hot drink. Only 200 people live there & at the local school there are only 9 students but 3 teachers. Dream job!

Where we stopped is kind of a hunters / fishermens stop off. The owner was making these delicate flies (fishing hooks for fly fishing) getting ready for mid summer when he gets hundreds of fishing visitors from all over Europe. He was saying that the largest fish he'd caught was a 20kg salmon. But the crazy thing is he doesn't eat fish & either sells it or gives it away. It was fascinating watching him & listening to his explanations. He uses different materials & colours depending on the fish he wants to catch & the location of the river.

Three hours into the journey we reach Norway & quite quickly you start to notice differences. It became more elevated & mountainous. Pine trees became non-existent as birch trees became more common. Even the house designs changed slightly. Also as we are close to the Russian border, signs are written in both Norwegian & Russian.

I'm going to miss Finland but luckily I go back to Helsinki before I return home.
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