Last lovely days in Luusua Lapland

We had such a special time in Luusua Finnish Lapland with Jorma and family…walks in the forest, sauna and hot tub, feasting on local foods: elk, reindeer, fish, blueberries, lingun berries, freshly baked bread…ahh no words left to describe… so here are some of our favourite images of our last days…ending with the rise of the supermoon….just perfect…then we leave the Arctic Circle boarding the Santa Claus Express overnight train to Helsinki (14 hour journey)…

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Squirrels come to eat food left for birds
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red squirrel too

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the home faces the lake
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Nettie
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it’s snowing…
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sunlight through the clouds
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snow covered pines
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100 year old log barn
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ice crystals on window pane
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kennel for ‘Poncho’ family canine companion
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the sun does shine on but not rise very high in the sky
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kick sledge
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Fran loving being in the Arctic – every day between minus 10 and minus 15

 

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ice stuck to the jetty cracks off main ice as lake settles for winter – you can hear it groaning as it shifts
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Jorma and Anne walking with Poncho through pine forest
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the forest track
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we walked 3, 4 and sometimes 6 kms most days
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Nettie making a snow angel
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100’sĀ  year old reindeer corral
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reindeer tracks – they must be close by
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shhh….
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…there they are!
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this lichen that hangs from the trees is what reindeers eat in winter
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“Crane Road”
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red pine
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Jorma…back home for warm blueberry soup ( camera still misty from cold outdoors)

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blueberry soup with oatmeal porridge

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cosy living/dining – Jorma made the house and clock
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traditional Finnish wood fired cooking
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tradtional Finnish weaving with sheep woolskin backing + Sami drum and knives
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Fran descends from our loft living space
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back outside for cookout in little hut for afternoon tea
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Jorma lights the fire in centre of hut
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we drink coffee from wood carved ‘kuksa’ made by Jorma
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Fran enjoys
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Arttu warms up the best rye bread in Finland…no…the world! Made at Salla near Russian border 97 kms away
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Nettie aglow with setting sun
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frozen jetty
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storm clouds approach
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frozen boat must wait for Spring
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setting sun
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Fran waiting for supermoon rise 3.50pm
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Jorma is waiting too
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here she comes!
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farewell Lapland

 

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