At the turn of the year 2002/2003, we were in Laponia. Or more precisely, in Rajamaa in the village Muonionalusta, located on the island Pitkäsaari in the border river Muonio - near the Finnish town of the same name and 200km north of the Arctic Circle. The island is already on the Swedish side. Lars Malmströn was our host in Rajamaa and accompanied us throughout the days (his Finnish wife Kaisuu cooked very well). The reason for the trip was the 50th birthday of Astrid's sister Birgit at New Year's Eve. We were able to celebrate the turn of the year twice, which was a "specialty" of this trip: First in Finland on a Finnish island in the river Muonio (before that, we had a great meal in Rajamaa), then again in Rajamaa in Sweden. This trip included a dog sled ride in Muonio and a visit to a Lappish reindeer herder in Finland. The temperatures were between -15 (rarely) and -36 degrees Celsius (mostly between -20 and -30 degrees). We were able to see the Northern Lights twice.
See also: rajamaa.com/en/about-rajamaa
BTW: End of June 2003, we visited Rajamaa for a second time, having nearly "tropical" temperatures. This time, the sun did not go down...
|Laponia, December 2002/January 2003 - Minolta Dimage 7i|
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