Being different in the case of Finnish Lapland means that a long winter doesn’t affect the mood of the people. Friendly, open and outdoorsy is the attitude of the Finns that chose to live around the Arctic Circle. In summertime you only get the feeling for long, dark times, when entering their cosy homes or huts, where a fireplace lights up your eyes and your heart right from the beginning.
Over the river, you can see Sweden. It’s so close, but swimming wouldn’t do. Then you should rather get into a boat and raft down the rapids.
Welcome to traditional Whitefish dinner. The scepsis haunting our faces changed to pure pleasure as soon as we’ve tasted the delicious white flesh of the fish that reminds the palate more of chicken than of fish. The light outside turns from a cold grey to a warm blue and suddenly you feel at home in this lovely little hut right by the riverside of Kukkolankoski. The lanterns are on. The fire is cracking. What else to wish for? Oh yes - sparkling wine.
The first frost hasn’t knocked on the door yet. That means: We are just fine exploring the area around the arctic circle. But people there are aware that the snow will come. And with it the darkness will hold its very long breath. 2 months of almost complete darkness are ahead. Regardless of this prospect, spirits are up and landscape is as pretty as it can be. Finland gives Indian summer a whole new face.
…apparently consists out of a hell lot of morning mist, some small lanterns, a slightly different, heart-warming french toast and coffee that strongly tastes like an Americano. The spiderwebs are splashed with dew and the magic unfolds.
We packed our stuff and went right into nature to do what every Finn does, who is in the right state of mind. From toddler to granny Finn: Everybody gathers together in fall to pick some berries. So let’s join them.
Extraordinary culinary creations can be eaten in Rovaniemi, where you get reindeer tartar, flourishing salmon and many other goodies for foodies.