From Lapland with love…

After travelling on two buses and one train from Lulea in Sweden we arrived after dark (sunset 3.10pm!) in Rovaniemi …steeping down from the train we were met by our gracious airbnb host Jorma.

We chatted merrily during ninety kilometre drive through the dark, wooded roads, criss crossing the Arctic Circle several times before reaching our final destination in Luusua, near Kamijarvi, right in the heart of Suomi – Finish Lapland.

Jorma had prepared a most tasty supper of local matsutake mushrooms harvested from the local woods,  that he says smell like angels, and vegetables with crepes – Jorma believes in eating as much as possible from local forest, lake and his own garden which is harvested in Summer.

After a short rest we went on walk to the frozen lake to hear the ‘animals’ under the ice…

Then things began to get very surreal…to our right (south/east) a half moon rose and cast a blueish light across the ice making the glitter shimmer….and to our left (north/west) the northern lights began to dance across the sky…we laughed ourselves silly as we had our first rides on the ‘kick sleighs’ under the moon and shafts of green light…very trippy for these old hippies.

Then the ‘animal’ sounds began…a low growling, rumbling as the ice groaned and shifted deep under our feet and the sound echoing monster-like around the lake. Goosebumps.

Our first night here we slept like angels in our bed in the attic.

Today after breakfast the three of us and Poncho the beagle waked six kilometres, in minus 11 degrees,  on tracks through the forest and across  frozen lakes…the ice crystals sparkling, air crisp and the whole experience magical and dreamlike. A herd of wild reindeer thundered past and one stopped to look at us looking at him through the trees.

Sunset 15.06 today and moonrise 15.17…we will be here for the supermoon 🙂

Tonight it is -20 and there may be snow

And this is only day one of a five day stay…

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/9831603


Authentic Lapland homestay  with Jorma & Anne

Luusua, Finland

Enjoy wilderness and a calm environment at a cozy homestay right at the Arctic Circle. Surrounded by a forest with a view to the lake, this house is the perfect getaway to heal the stress of a busy…

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dancing lights above  Rantapajula
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Nettie and moon
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morning robin
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this bike
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Jorma dries his reindeer meet in this little hut in summer
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morning glow
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we made a ‘magic spiral’ with our feet dragging through the ice

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wild reindeer stops to take  peak
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reindeer corral 100’s years old
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ancient red pine

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Jorma and Nettie
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Fran & Nettie
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still beautiful after death

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any moisture freezes
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river meditation

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salute to the sun
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ice flowers

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ice crack refrozen
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11am sun (sunrise 8.55am today)
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off she goes!
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am I in a dream??

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Summer sauna hut
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our Lapland home ‘Rantapajula’

you can be a WWOOFER (Willing Worker On Organic Farms) here too:

http://www.wwoofindependents.org/host-list/WWOOF-FI-15/

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and up she rises again – taken from kitchen window 3.15opm
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