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Nine Ways to Survive in the Arctic

It wasn’t Arctic at all, the day our tracks fingered its way to Arktikum in the center of Rovaniemi. But as our guide Ms. Ami Kallo pretty quickly passed on, the Arctic is a demanding place. Animals adapt to the

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Posted in NATURE, Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

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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Posted in NATURE, SANTA'S ROAD, Sodankylä

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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This Is What the Arctic Is All About

Stabbursnes naturhus and museum (The Stabbursnes National Park Center) is just 2.5 hours from North Cape. It is one of the gems that are easy to neglect. The presentations in the museum are connecting loose ends. This is where you

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Posted in MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, OUTDOORS, Porsanger/Lakselv, SANTA'S ROAD

The Northern Gannet Trilogy. Part III – What Does Thomas Cook And Northern Gannets Have In Common?

When you live above the Arctic Circle and meet a traveler, possibly the most asked question is this: What do you do in the winter time? Kids very often will not only answer spot on, they will ask simple, obvious,

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Posted in MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, Nordkapp, SANTA'S ROAD

The Northern Gannet Trilogy. Part II – You Will Not Be Surprised By What Seabirds Eat

The Northern gannet eat fish. In the latter part of the first decade of this century, French scientists Ms. Emeline Pettex and Mr. Jean-Baptiste Pons, spent a few weeks at Gjesværstappan Nature Reserve one summer after another. The information they

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Posted in MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, Nordkapp, SANTA'S ROAD

The Northern Gannet Trilogy. Part I – The Secrets of the Regal White Bird

One of the greatest attractions along the coast of Arctic Norway is the numerous breeding hotspots for seabirds. The Northern gannet is one of the species: A rather big, beautiful, and again, bountiful seabird. Close to North Cape, it has

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Posted in MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, Nordkapp, SANTA'S ROAD

How the King Crab Came to the Barents Sea

The lone fisherman came into port in Skarsvåg, North Cape with his pirate flag hoisted. On deck, the two meter King Crabs were still trying to crawl out of their slippery case. As the catch is hoisted to the pier

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Posted in MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, Nordkapp, SANTA'S ROAD

Serious on Hiking – Try Hetta/Enontekiö

The Finns are ardent hikers. Many hectares of hiking areas are administered by the forest administration – Metsähallitus – a business organization guided by the Finnish Ministry of the Environment. One of some 20 recreational centers throughout Finland is situated

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Posted in Enontekiö, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE, OUTDOORS

Please Let the Moose Smell the Camera

Heading towards the border village of Karesuando/Karesuvanto on top of Sweden and the left arm of Finland we stop in Vittangi. The deer animal comes in different sizes and in Vittangi we meet the biggest of them all, the moose.

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Posted in Kiruna, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, NATURE
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