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World Class Art on the Arctic Circle

By southerners the area above the Arctic Circle has traditionally been regarded as wilderness: A land of nature. On our Diamonds of the Arctic Tour of 2014, Angelo and I visited a number of art galleries. People living in a

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The Things You Love – The Trees You Have

I had been talking with Ms. Sanna Kärkkäinen, director of Rovaniemi Tourist Information. I explained our mission. Angelo and I were doing the Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014. We were touring the road between Rovaniemi and North Cape. We

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The Northernmost Golden Arches in the Arctic

Many years ago I was playing in a collegiate soccer tournament in Pheonix, Arizona, USA. After being knocked out of the tournament, a teammate and I decided to drive to the Grand Canyon. High up in the Arizona mountains, we

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You Need a Place to Stay in Rovaniemi – The Panorama Alternative

Lapland Hotels Sky Ounasvaara is the hotel that overlooks the Ounasjoki – river. It is not in the center of Rovaniemi and it is a great hotel if you need a feeling of space. The General Manager Ms. Mira Söderlund

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The Nuts and Bolts of Aurora Borealis

After spending two days in Rovaniemi it was time to move on E-75 direction North Cape. Many years ago there was a project called the Santa’s Road, we saw signs along the E-75 that testified this. Since E-75 forks towards

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Six Northern Lights Legends of the Arctic

Northern Lights are translated to other words in Arctic Europe. In Russian it is Cеверное Cияние (Sjevjernoye Siyaniye), in Swedish it is Norrsken, and in Norwegian it is Nordlys. All words are literal translations. In Saami, it is Guovssahasat –

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We Are in the Heart of Northern Lights – We Get the Beat at the Aurora Chalet

If you are looking for a quiet place, relaxing wild outdoors and comfortable modern hospitality service, Luosto is the place. Aurora Chalet is the hotel. The winters in Luosto are hot. As a unique service, the hotel manager Mr. Jari

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The Greenest Mine in the World

Mining in the Arctic is a touchy topic. Any industrial activity in what normally are deserted areas causes conflict in the north. The deserted areas above the Arctic Circle are very often pastures of the reindeer. Mining is in the

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How to Get Involved in the Greenest Mine in the World

The Arctic Amethyst Ltd company in Luosto has an unparalleled proposal to its visitors. The company sits on top of Lampivaara and the mining rights to utilize the Amethyst ore. It offers the top soft adventure I can think of.

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How the Purple Diamond of the Arctic Was Created

Millions of years ago the top of Lampivaara was 4000 – 5000 meters higher. The rate of erosion is 1 cm per year. The winters are cracking up the rocks. When water injected into cracks becomes ice it expands and

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