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Lapland

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The Arctic Circle - the magic border. When you cross the line in the summer you can see the sun shining day and night. At the moment daylight lasts about 15 hours. Reindeers pastured somewhere at the distance, this little reindeer was the only one of its kind. Rudolph the pink nose reindeer was somebody's "home reindeer". Or is it a dog?

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In southern Finland snow has melted away. 1000 kilometres up north winter still stays.

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My 4-wheel-drive in the middle of the northern snowstorm.

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I must be a loner. I love this landscape. I'm infected by "Lapland's fever". It's a really serious disease and highly contagious. The only cure that helps is to return back to Lapland yearly or more often if possible.

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One of my favourite places in Finland are Lake Kilpisjärvi and the great arctic hills around the area. The most arctic place in the whole country. Luckily there are some cosy cottages for rent.

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My humble cabin.

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Cross.country skiing didn't attract - too much snow for me. I continued to Norway (only some kilometres to the border) and returned late in the evening to the cabin, heated the sauna, cooked some food and slept well.

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I'll post some photos from Norway next time...

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annelaure
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Honestly, you're just posting pictures of a dream for me !
korpun
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Hmm, is it possible to get a Lapland's fever infection by online! BEWARE!!!!
annelaure
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I've had that virus long before I met you.. and Lapland.
This is exactly what my winter dream is like : a nice and peaceful place covered in snow, some wooden cabin to which I could come back to after a long day, pick a book to read, and chances are I would fall asleep in front of the fireplace.. :)
korpun
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
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something like this... (my Friday)
annelaure
Apr. 8th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Something like this indeed.
THough it's a big too big for me. I like it a little more intimate :)
annelaure
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, and that animal does look like a Jewish sheep to me.
But maybe it's getting late and my imgination is playing with me ?
suukko4
Apr. 11th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
sounds like you feel about Lapland the way I feel about Finland but it's a little cheaper for you to get there!

I can enjoy your snow pictures from the comfort of a warm spring night, I'm not a winter kind of person. I'm like a bear, when it's cold I just want to hibernate until spring.

what a great cabin! all that beautiful wood.
korpun
Apr. 13th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
I think my madness is similar to yours!
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