Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Northern views

Cottage at moonlight

It has been an active week at Lapland during polar night, when sun stays below the horizon all the time. Temperature has been varying from freezing -27 degrees to pleasant -3 degrees. Although the freezing temperatures at lower altitude, the inversion has been keeping the sedentary warm air on the slopes of the Ylläs-fell and it has been possible to ski every day.

Ski tracks

Ski tracks were in excellent condition although it was snowing heavily couple of days. Preparers were on the move during the nights and prepared the ski tracks for the skiers after snowfall. Thanks to all of you!

Early morning and rabbit footprints on the surface of the snow

Roughly 150 km was the total distance of skiing exercises and it was definitely enough for me, especially when I had a cold two weeks before this trip and had not been skiing at all during this period.

"Kahvikeidas" - lean-to next to ski tracks

New year eve was a bit different one from the typical firework activity. This time there were lots of lanterns sent to the sky in the middle of Äkäslompolo village. The sky was full of burning and flying lanterns! Really beautiful view and atmosphere indeed.

Lanterns on the sky

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