After spending the night at the Kemi Snow Castle near Oulu Finland, we were heading North to Lapland, in the hopes of seeing the Northern Lights.
Our first stop on the road was for lunch. Clare can’t stay away from Trip Advisor, she’s very highly rated on there, so did some quick research to determine the best restaurant to stop in. Turns out that restaurant is located in Santa’s Village. His official workshop!
After lunch we were well and truly stuffed, we got back on the road.
We originally had 2 nights booked all the way up North but I booked the wrong days on airbnb. I booked Thursday till Saturday instead of Friday to Sunday. Worst part is I didn’t even know until we arrived.
Long story short we did not get along with our airbnb host at all, and after one night we decided we would leave and head South again.
So we did.
Driving back down to Rovanemeini, Clare found us a cabin for the night with a sauna and loft and we stopped into town to sign up for snowmobiling and husky sleighing.
With a couple of hours before the snowmobiling we headed to our place and Clare and I sat in the sauna while Kyle took a nap.
SNOWMOBILING ON A FROZEN RIVER
And we were off..! Booking a 7pm-10pm slot, we had to meet in town and it was just a short walk down to the river where the snow mobile was stored. Within minutes everyone was geared up to go and we set off, I was bringing up the rear on my own and good thing because I was back there goofing off and speeding around. It was so fun!
Even crossed a few roads. I ran into a couple in front of me at one point and almost died laughing. They were not amused but I was on the road and there was a car coming so I just tried to get off the road and the people in front of me weren’t moving fast enough. In fact all the people we were going with were complete duds. No one was looking for speed exhilaration, except the 3 of us.
One of my favorites because of the light from the road.
It was Clare’s idea that we all bring the makings for s’mores and so while our guide served piping hot berry juice from a thermos and warmed up sandwiches with smoked cheese and dried meat, we passed around mallows, grahams, and bits of chocolate and started with desert.
After a long stop and everyone was thoroughly warmed up, we headed back into town mostly along the river.
When we got back to our place we played a game of hearts and Kyle and I wrestled because I’m a sore loser, then we headed out to drive to the top of town to see these Northern lights! There was a break in the cloud coverage and the stars were shining through.
However, when we climbed all the way to the top of this bank, it appeared that the clouds were rolling back in and that the Northern lights would not be visible. We’d missed them again.
The next morning it was another early start to the day. We were bused to the husky farm where 98 dogs live and work every day.
The back left dog, Puja was very excited to run, to the point where he would fight with all of his pals when we were stopped. Jumping up and down he was so aggressive that they ended up changing partner’s with him twice during our 18km circuit.
As soon as we started everyone was going to the bathroom so they could set into the rhythm. As the dogs would pull us I would watch them run close to the embankment where they would take gulps of snow without slowing the pace.
We had a flight back to Helsinki late that night so after finishing with the husky’s we drove back to Oulu to drop off our car and go back to Helsinki so we could fly out to Rome early the next morning.
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