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Cross-country skiing

Even though it is already my third time in Lapland, I still experience new things every day. After our great snow shoe hike yesterday, today it was time for cross-country skiing.
Cross-country skiing is very popular up here in the north. It seems as if everybody is doing it, from little kids who have just learned how to walk to elderly people. So it was just natural that Jana and I wanted to give it a try.

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It was my very first time standing on these… sticks. Jana had at least some experiences with skiing in the Alpes. We just went to the ski tracks without any instructions and tried our best. It was a lot more exhausting than I could have imagined – it always looks so easy and smooth if you watch the locals. Especially if you have to go up a hill. No idea how they manage it with this facility. Way down is quite fun, only the first two hills were a bit scary, especially as I have absolutely no idea how to stop with skis. Jana’s approach was to use her face 😉 but we survived and managed to go more than 6 km. This time it was not only my hairs that were freezing, but also the inner part of Jana’s jacket.
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We also have to make an important decision. My dear aunt invited us to go to a restaurant here in Saariselkä, the only condition is that it should not be McDonald’s. But there is another place which we think looks very promising 😉

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Currently, we are sitting at home and checking the sun activity every half an hour. Unfortunately, we still did not see the aurora, but we won’t abandon hope.

Introduction to Finnish

Sometimes people ask me to say something in Finnish. So here is a little basic course 😉

easy:
hei – hello / hallo
banaani – banana / Banane
tomaatti – tomato / Tomate
posti – post / Post
bussi – bus/  Bus
pullo – bottle/  Flasche (Pulle)
tee – tea / Tee
jogurtti – yoghurt / Joghurt
poliisi – police / Polizei

As you can see, Finnish is not difficult at all. Let’s continue with some less obvious words.

intermediate:
kiitos – thank you / danke
olut – beer / Bier
kahvi – coffee / Kaffee
sohva – sofa / Sofa
kukka – flower / Blume
lumi – snow / Schnee
poro – reindeer / Rentier
hirvi – elk / Elch

And now that you are already quite familiar with Finnish expressions, let’s have a look at some advanced stuff. The beauty about this language is that you can combine words and make them very long, similar to German.

advanced:
maitokahvijuoma – coffee drink with milk / Milchkaffeegetränk
talvikävelyreitti – winter walking route / Winterwanderweg
maitosuklaakeksi – whole milk chocolate cookies / Vollmilchschokoladenkekse
jäävuorisalaatti – iceberg lettuce / Eisbergsalat
sähköpostiosoite – E-mail address / E-Mail Adresse

So why should you waste 13 words if you can put the same information into four? It is just awesome!

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Hiking

The day started with a quick breakfast and -14 °C. Good that we had put our car’s engine heating cable 😀 though it did not prevent ice crystals from growing on the tyres

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After having scratched most of the ice from the car windows, we drove to Kiilopää Fell Centre from where we started a short hike through Urho Kekkonen national park. Meanwhile, the temperature had dropped to -18 °C. I have to admit, in the first minutes this might feel a bit uncomfortable despite all the layers of clothes. But once you have walked some hundred metres – which is not an easy task if you sink into deep snow every few steps – you start to get warm. Anyway, the stunning view over the fells makes you forget that it is bloody cold. I hope our small selection of fotos helps you to get an impression about the beauty of Finnish Lapland.

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One day more

Today is a great day for mankind as my first blog entry ever is about to be released into the world 😀 and what could be a better occasion than returning to Finland? As my bags are packed, I can now just lean back and enjoy the anticipation, being slightly amused about the fact that probably for the first time in her life Jana is worrying more about the cold than I do. The forecast predicts comfortable seven to twelve degrees below zero for Saariselkä.

I just can’t wait to get out of the plane tomorrow and to take a breath of this incredible fresh air. Looking forward to a week with long walks on the glittering snow, listening to the amazing Finnish language, relaxing in our private sauna and hopefully watching auroras at night – let’s keep our fingers crossed for a clear nocturnal sky.

Miriam

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