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The Northern Light’s Cathedral

Churches have been an important part of The Diamonds of the Arctic Tour. Anywhere you go in the world they are impressive buildings. Some churches, say, the Liverpool Cathedral took 74 years to build. The new church of Alta was

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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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Posted in LIFE, SANTA'S ROAD, Sodankylä

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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Posted in Enare, LIFE, SANTA'S ROAD

The Only Resort above the Arctic Circle Blessed by Two Popes

Stabbursdalen is a celestial site. The valley is protected from the most hellish weather in the Arctic. It is an oasis of life. Stabbursdalen was the first National Park to be established in the northernmost county of Europe. Along with

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

Three Things That Make Gammelstad Church Town So Special

Every year, since the last ice cap in northern Scandinavia, the land in the Luleå area rises centimeter by centimeter. Not much, but since the Church Town of Gammelstad (Old Town) was established the shoreline has dropped several meters. Thus

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Posted in BONUS DIAMOND, LIFE, Luleå
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