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I Learned To Make Gin While Hiking in the President’s Park

Hiking is possibly the most health beneficial physical activity in the world. Some say that 30 minutes a day of normal hiking will keep your body in good commotion. Some countries are taking hiking more serious than others. Finland is

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The King of Saunas

At the Fell Centre Kiilopää, a paradise of soft wilderness action, they are firing up the smoked sauna several times a week. A sauna is not at all a surprise accommodation service in Finland. It is mandatory. It is just

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When Trigonometry and Geometry Becomes a Destination

Mathematics was one of my favorite subjects in school. One of my teachers was in fact frustrated by my 5th grade math skills. She wasn’t able to give me a math problem that I couldn’t solve. But, humbly, that is

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The 360 Degrees Sun Destination

From Kaunispää you can see the destination of Saariselkä in all its magnificence. At the viewing point there is a gift shop and a restaurant, Huippu, dedicated to culinary excellence. As proven by the membership in Chaine des Rotisseurs. In

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Some Urban Indulgence in Rural Ivalo

The area north of the European Arctic Circle is the wildest, remotest and least populated area of Europe. Big road and other infrastructure projects in the area are last on the national lists of priorities. In the Nordic part the

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Orthodox Brown Bears and Baby Luck

Along the Santa’s Road to North Cape from Rovaniemi there are a some diamonds outside the main road. One of the topics Angelo and I wanted to cover was churches. In the Nordic countries the churches are for the most

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The Arctic – The Land of the Eight Seasons

Lake Inari is the largest lake above the Arctic Circle. It is the third largest lake in Finland. The village of Inari is located at the south end of the lake. Inari is the capital of the Saami people of

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Some People Build Churches, the Saami Built Drums

Throughout both the road trip along the Midnight Sun Road and the Santa’s Road we spotted shaman drums several places. On every museum including Saami culture there has been at least one. Angelo has a tender eye for these drums.

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Rock Has Been an Important Part of Arctic Religion

If Finland is the land of the thousand lakes, then Inari Lake is the lake of the thousand islands. Lake Inari is an important place for a lot of people in the North. The size of the lake is likely

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Ornaments for Your Own Go(o)d

When you are traveling it is easy to join the path of other travelers. All of a sudden, souvenir shops become interesting. Even in the smallest places you can find one. People love to buy something that will remind them

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