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On Wednesday I drove 900 kilometres to Finnish Lapland. I spent two days there with two friends doing different kind of outdoor (and indoor) activities and then back to the south. We had a small holiday flat in the middle of the Levi centre. To the closest slope 300 metres, restaurants 150 metres... The stuffed reindeer's head was on the wall of the flat :)


Levi is famous for its downhill activities. 44 slopes give a wide variety of different choices starting from easy ones for beginners ending to the suicide slope for World Cup skiers. On Friday we started from the last one - just kidding, I'm still alive!


My friends had never before tried downhill skiing. I managed to tempt them to the top of the hill and down. Every Finn has tried cross-country skiing and therefore skiing downhill is not a big deal. Well, slopes we mainly used were for kids and beginners but anyway. Everything went well and we enjoyed skiing in a sunny weather.


Southern slope.


"After ski" is an important part of skiing! We visited several restaurants, ate well and tasted some beer, danced and listened to the music. Famous Finnish bands have gigs there daily! We saw Popeda, Mamba and Maria Lund. Maria was fabulous!


On Thursday we rented three motor sleds. Because we weren't too experienced we decided to take retro models. These are easier to handle and less powerful, the maximum speed is probably about 150 kilometres per hour. Yes, they called these missiles "retro models".


We drove almost 100 kilometres. It was quite a tough job. Sled paths were bumpy and we had some painful muscles afterwards. We had a pause in this Lapland cottage.


We lighted a campfire inside the cottage and grilled some sausages...


Siberian Jay got the leftovers!


We found this small church in the middle of the forest. I have no idea where we were...


I shot some video clips. Hee hee, retro sleds...

Hop on!

We had a really fun but short trip. The sun shined, the temperature was just right for this kind of activities ( -5 to -20 degrees of Celsius) etc. The only thing I missed was more time. Next time, I'll keep that in my mind :)


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Mar. 29th, 2009 11:21 am (UTC)
Re: It all looks lovely.
Thanks! In the northers parts of Finland we still have real winters.
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:10 am (UTC)
Tuttuja maisemia. Olen käynyt kahdesti Levillä, mutta tänä vuonna en päässyt, vaikka kutsuja sateli...voi voi ehkä ensi vuonna taas :) Teillä on ollut oikein mukavaa näemmä. Ja tuo poronpää on ihana.
t. Angela
Mar. 29th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
Re: Leviiii
Levillähän on aina mukavaa :) Mä näin siellä koiravaljakonkin mutta nyt vaan ei aika riittänyt kaikkeen ja rekiajelu jäi kokematta, ehkä seuraavalla kerralla...
Mar. 29th, 2009 10:23 am (UTC)
Moto sleads = dream !!! :)

Stuffed reindeer's head = lol !!! :)

Mar. 29th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I tried to find my own reindeer's head but didn't succeed :)

Motor sled is one of the wildest ways of transportation, the acceleration is unbelievable!
Mar. 30th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)
I bet !
Mar. 29th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
you saw Popeda again, lucky you! hahaha

that looks like a fun vacation, especially the snowmobile, I'd love to try that sometime but that would require being out in the cold winter, brrr.

how did you get that great video, did you tape your camera on your helmet? lol. that was fun to go along on your ride.

I've seen those stuffed deer heads somewhere around here, so cute!
Mar. 29th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Yup, Popeda was almost worse than before :)

I didn't have the video cam but shot these clips with my digital still camera; the camera in my left hand and right one steered. The idea of bolting the video on the helmet came to my mind again but too late. That's why you can't see my downhill skiing video - not yet.

We have to add the snowmobile drive to your "to do list"...

Edited at 2009-03-29 04:29 pm (UTC)
Apr. 1st, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
A Siberian Jay ! So cool !
Apr. 1st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's so beautiful and fearless :)
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