Laponia 2002/3 - Part 2

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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.

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BTW: End of June 2003, we visited Rajamaa for a second time, having nearly "tropical" temperatures. This time, the sun did not go down...

Next day (New Year's Eve): Huts in the morning light

Birgit looks at her birthday presents

The main building in the morning...

... and out hut

Landscape in the morning

Let's go for a walk in the island!

Our hut from farther away

And once again, ...

...the main building

Lars' snowmobile

Island landscape


Looking at the frozen Muonio river





A last fire at the slogbod...

Slowly it's getting dark...

The main building...

...and the street

Close to an old cemetery

During the New Year's Eve dinner

Lars prepares the dessert

On a finnish island in preparation of the turn of the year

The year 2002 has ended... least, in Finland

Way back to Sweden with lights showing the border to Sweden

New Year: A final walk

Old log hut

Once again at the cemetery

Old stable

Lonely bicycle

Recovering from the walk

Departure day: Our hut in the morning

Waiting for the bus to arrive

(Nearly) final look at Rajamaa...

And off we go!

Panorama of Rajamaa

Laponia, December 2002/January 2003 - Minolta Dimage 7i

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