Last Ice Disappearing – Swimming Season Opened! Some Impressions from Inari and Abisko

Midnight sun in Inari
Midnight sun at lake Mutusjärvi, in Inari

A sudden temperature change finally melted down the snow and ice, making the waters easily accessible for swimming – without the need for an ice driller or an ice saw. That is – not yet everywhere in Lapland: While this was true for Inari, at the higher elevated Abisko for example, the lake Torneträsk was still frozen last week. Nevertheless, this year the spring – or actually rather summer arrived pretty early. I experienced this surprisingly warm weather in several places in Lapland … Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Walk to One of the Oldest Buildings in Lappi: The Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church

On the way to Pilpajärvi ..The polar day has arrived, and yet the amount of mosquitoes can still be counted easily on one hand. Being for a short visit in Inari, a walk to the Pielpajärvi Wilderness Church seemed very inviting. Not because of visiting a Christian sanctuary of course, but because the walk there is really nice and can also be managed if you don’t have much time. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article

Short Visit to Inari. Just Long Enough, for Sauna and Northern Lights.

Inari
Northern Lights Above Inari

In December in Rovaniemi, the sun doesn’t stay out long, for two days the sun doesn’t show up at all. Not long enough for a friend and me, so we decided to head North to Inari for a few days, to enter total the Arctic night and the total absence of direct sunlight. We rented a cottage in order to get some pleasant sauna turns in the frosty winter landscape, just under the beautiful moon light. And, as if this wouldn’t have been enough, some Northern Lights enhanced the basic brightness provided by the moon, to brought us most a pleasant and delightful atmosphere. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article