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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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Three Legendary Amethyst Remedies

What attracts emits tales. So is the case with the amethyst gem of Luosto. Before the occurrence of amethyst of Lampivaara became official, the stories of the gem from Lapland occurred all over Europe. The amethyst was also part of

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Gallery Alariesto – The Embodiment of the Arctic Character

At the tourist information in Sodankylä is a seemingly obscure art gallery. In our quest to profile the land and people of the European Arctic, Mr. Andreas Alariesto is perhaps the embodiment of it all. He has authentically pictured a

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The Smell That Saved the Church

Strategically commanded by the king of Sweden, a wooden church was built by the local people of Sodankylä in 1689. Sodankylä was a natural juncture and a melting pot for potential churchgoers in the area as two rivers joined waters

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The Company Giving You a Fever

On our Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014, Angelo and I were looking for gems along the Santa’s Road between Rovaniemi and North Cape. In Tankavaara we clipped some golden nuggets. The co-owner, Mr. Sami Touru, admittedly named them golden

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