Since about two weeks the temperatures are mainly below freezing. However, because of the dry weather, there is not really any snow yet. As much as I am waiting for making use of my skiers, I enjoyed another short bike trip on the Pahtajärvi Trail – this time at about -10 degree Celsius. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article
For more than two months, the sun has not been setting and daylight dominated the region. However, after 64 days, the sun finally set again last week, and slowly the nights became a bit darker again. this was reason enough to go with a few people up on Jyppyrävaara, Continue to the photo gallery and the full article
On a nice early May evening with some friends we wanted to make a fire and grill some food at the lean-to shelter on the top of Jyppyrävaara, in Hetta. Since the melting of snow and ice continues fast, not every passage that has been maintained as a skiing tracks is snow covered any longer. Thus, I needed to take my bike for a short ride, with the skiers attached to my backpack, to reach a spot where the tracks were still in bearable conditions. After a short trip with the skiers I arrived on Jyppyrävaara, where we enjoyed some grilling action in a bright and almost cloudless night. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article
Mathematically, the sun should be back in Enontekiö since 5th of January, however, it took until the 19th, when I was finally walking again in direct sun light for the first time since Kaamos (= polar night) is over. Unfortunately, that day the walk to the bus station – which brought me into the natural brightness of the big yellow thing – took me just a few minutes, so I haven’t been able to spent a long time in the sun. Nevertheless, after I have been away for a week, I gratefully took out my regular cross country skiers, for a short run in the sun when it returned. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article
The days are getting shorter quickly and the Arctic night seems to become tangible. Currently the day length decreases by ten to eleven minutes every day (The headline, by the way, I stole from todays weather forecast site of the Finnish meteorological institute).
The other information I found on that site, which however also was obvious by looking out of the window, was that today was a clear sky. Continue to the photo gallery and the full article