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You’ll Find the Särestöniemi Storytellers at the Back of the Store

This was our final day on the Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014. This will be the 71st blog post. We have traveled full circle above the Arctic Circle. Angelo and I had driven up Santa’s Road from Rovaniemi, and

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Posted in BONUS DIAMOND, Levi / Kittilä, LIFE

Twelve Points That Made Reidar Särestöniemi One of the Greatest Arctic Artists

What made Mr. Reidar Särestöniemi such a great artist? I got closer to the answer after visiting the Särestöniemi-museo (Särestöniemi Museum) and hear what director Ms. Anne Koskamo had to tell about Reidar. There is a number of things one could

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Posted in BONUS DIAMOND, Levi / Kittilä, LIFE

Of all the Saunas in the Arctic, Särestöniemi Sauna Is the Diamond

The Prince of Spain found his way to the Särestöniemi estate. He must have been an admirer of Mr. Reidar Särestöniemi’s art. The Finnish president was also a fan. He also visited. They both had the opportunity of taking a

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Posted in BONUS DIAMOND, Levi / Kittilä, LIFE

Arctic Cartoons Long before Disney

People, Man, or as plant prodigy Carl von Linné named us, Homo sapiens sapiens came to being some 200.000 years ago in Eastern Africa.  About 50.000 years ago, people started migrating to the rest of the world. At that time

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Posted in Alta, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD

People Weren’t Allowed to Live in Houses in the Capital of Wilderness

We are in Jokkmokk. It is just above the Arctic Circle. Jokkmokk is Saami for “river and bend”, the nearby river is bending. The municipality of Jokkmokk is in some regards the capital of national parks in Sweden. It is

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Wild West of the Arctic – Saami and Settlers

Roughly 150 years before the Homestead Act (1862) in the United States, the Swedish government encouraged people to move to the north and start farming. The incentives were 15 years of tax amnesty and no military service. Ájtte – Svenskt

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Posted in Jokkmokk, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD

Forrest Gump II – Run Forrest, Run to Laponia

Forrest Gump, the Oscar winning movie of 1994 has several paramount messages to the moviegoer. One is dispatched several times by Forrest. I think it was something like this: “My mumma always said life is like a flying feather, you

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Posted in Jokkmokk, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD

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 Fables of Arctic Maps

I love maps. From the summer of 2014 until early 2015, Arktikum had a temporary exhibition of old maps: Mapped Beauty. A collection of maps made between the 16th and the 19th century. According to the rest of the world,

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Posted in Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

The Five Arctic Circles

There are five different types of Arctic Circles. They are all important boundaries of life. They are of interest to curious people. And they are all changing. A globe at the Arktikum in Rovaniemi is showing these important lines of

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Posted in Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD
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