Trip Start Feb 08, 2009
6Trip End Feb 16, 2009
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From the outside, the cabins are just as you would imagine; rustic, frontier-living, straight from 'Little House on the Prairie'. Several steps lead up to a covered porch across the front of the building. The walls are constructed from thin logs stacked on top of each other, interlaced at the corners. The gaps are tightly caulked to keep out the frigid Arctic air.
On entering, the front half of the cabin is the living area, with a wood-burning stove in the centre of the room
After potatoes baked in our wood-burning stove for dinner, we head out for a drink in the Panimo bar. The bar has its own micro-brewery and a request to sample the produce is met with a tall glass of dark, almost black, ale. I ask how to pronounce the name written on the tap, but now I've forgotten it. It's rather nice, sweeter and not as earthy as Guinness.
Guy spots a sauna in the corner of the bar, on the way to the toilet. We all wonder why a bar would need a sauna. Perhaps its for the bar staff at the end of a shift, or for quiet periods during the day. It's in the wrong corner of the room to double as a snug
Paul is more taken with the array of festive 'Christmas' jumpers worn by the clientele, especially the red and green reindeer designs. A couple in the corner of the bar are splendidly complementary in white and red, with accents of green. the wall behind them is decorated with an array of traditional Finnish items, from an ice hockey stick and an ice-fishing auger to a traditional hand-saw for felling trees. Further down the bar is a tray of Sami hunting knives in reindeer hide sheathes for sale. I hope that this place doesn't turn out to be like 'Roadhouse' with Patrick Swayze, where the drinkers expect a good fight at the end of the night.