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World Class Art on the Arctic Circle

By southerners the area above the Arctic Circle has traditionally been regarded as wilderness: A land of nature. On our Diamonds of the Arctic Tour of 2014, Angelo and I visited a number of art galleries. People living in a

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Posted in LIFE, Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

The Things You Love – The Trees You Have

I had been talking with Ms. Sanna Kärkkäinen, director of Rovaniemi Tourist Information. I explained our mission. Angelo and I were doing the Diamonds of the Arctic Tour 2014. We were touring the road between Rovaniemi and North Cape. We

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Posted in LIFE, Rovaniemi, SANTA'S ROAD

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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Posted in LIFE, SANTA'S ROAD, Sodankylä

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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Posted in Enare, LIFE, SANTA'S ROAD

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

Arctic Cloths Talks in Volumes

All cultures have languages. The human cultures have intricate systems of communication, how to send and receive messages. In order to be a perfect decoder of messages in a culture, you have to be exposed to the very culture from

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Posted in Karasjok, LIFE, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD, SANTA'S ROAD

What the Gunmen of the Wild West Had in Common with the Reindeer Herders

We had just driven into Karasjok, the administrative capital of the Norwegian Saami people. Karasjok is an important village on the Santa’s Road and the Midnight Sun Road to North Cape. We had made a very short stop two years earlier.

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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 Coal Maker – The Best Barbecue Coal

When you drive to the north a lot of the scenery is trees. When Angelo and I were driving along the Midnight Sun Road the trees were abundant to the point of being boring. We saw a lot of forest between the

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Posted in Älvsbyn, LIFE, MIDNIGHT SUN ROAD
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