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We Made it to Finnish Lapland!

Travel definitely takes a bit longer when the population is sparse. We’ve been moving since 9:00 this morning. First, a 1.5 hour flight from Helsinki to Ivalo – the gateway to Lapland – followed by the most expensive 10 kilometre taxi ride I’ve ever taken, from the airport to Ivalo Town (population 5000), followed by a 2 hour wait for the bus that would take us to Lake Inari.

Where we are right now

Where we are right now

On the plus side, we had a great and inexpensive lunch buffet in Ivalo, and surprisingly, there’s free wifi, all over the place. I guess Laplanders like to feel connected.

We made it to our hotel around 4:30, and now we are (im)patiently waiting for nightfall. The skies are crystal clear and completely devoid of clouds, and joy of joys, the aurora made an appearance last night!

Will we get lucky and fulfill a long dreamt travel wish tonight?

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  1. Hallie #

    Isn’t Lapland where Santa is? Keep a look out… (if I’m correct on that). hehe

    February 21, 2014
    • Haha, apparently it is. There’s so many Santa vacation packages here at Christmas time. Haven’t seen him yet, but I’ll keep an eye out for you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      February 22, 2014
  2. So beautiful!! Enjoy your trip! I look forward to hearing more ๐Ÿ™‚

    February 25, 2014
    • That day was really, really beautiful. It’s amazing what a difference a little bit of sunshine can make! It’s been so grey and cloudy since then, we’re getting depressed. I would never survive a Polar Night!!

      February 25, 2014
  3. Very cool…or should I say “cold”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    March 4, 2014
    • Haha. But sadly, it WASN’T cold. Just on 1 day where it was -27. The rest of the time was disturbingly warm and grey. It shouldn’t be +5 Celsius in February in the Arctic Circle, should it?

      March 8, 2014
  4. I wonder what the answer is. Hmmm…

    March 7, 2014
  5. Well?!! Did you see them??? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seeing northern lights ranks high on our to-see wish list!!!

    March 9, 2014
    • Heh heh…you’ll have to be in suspense about it! ๐Ÿ˜€ But yeah, it was at the top of our wish list too! ๐Ÿ™‚

      March 11, 2014
  6. Even quite in the South in the town called Oulu.

    Think You have to rein the reindeer Yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy and safe travels!

    June 16, 2016

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