Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 6, 2012

Beyond the Arctic Circle1 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico1 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique1

In English:

Arctic Circle.

Last August we passed our vacation in Lapland. Lapland is how we call the most Northern part of Finland. Our first stop was Rovaniemi, which is from Helsinki 827 km / 513 mi. The distance to Arctic Circle from Rovaniemi is about 10 km / 6 mi to the North.

First leg we made from Helsinki on car carrier train. Thus we were full of life and energy in the morning at Rovaniemi. Our blue car was “fully loaded” and with that I mean for example camping equipment, travel fridge, camping table, two chairs, reserve gasoline, fresh water and of course all that what two people need when travelling.

The weather was not at its best. Many times it was raining, cold. Normally in August the weather is quite warm and sunny even in Lapland, but this time we were not lucky. It didn’t hampered our car vacation, we enjoyed our life. There was so much to see which compensated the cold and rainy weather.

Arctic Circle is the gateway to Lapland. The place is a little bit “commercial”, but does it matter? Welcome to travel with us and to experience all what we saw through my images. The adventure begins.

En español:

Círculo Polar.

En agosto pasado pasamos nuestras vacaciones en Laponia. Laponia es como se llaman a la parte más septentrional de Finlandia. Nuestra primera parada fue en Rovaniemi, que es de 827 kilometros de Helsinki / 513 millas. La distancia al Círculo Polar Ártico de Rovaniemi está a 10 km / 6 millas al norte.

Nuestra primera etapa hicimos de Helsinki en el tren de coche portador. Así estabamos llena de vida y energía por la mañana en Rovaniemi. Nuestro carrito azul estaba “lleno cargado” y con eso me refiero, por ejemplo, equipo de camping, reserva de gasolina, el agua dulce y por supuesto todos los que lo necesitan dos personas para viajar.

El tiempo no estaba en su mejor momento. Muchas veces se llueve, hace frío. Normalmente, en agosto el clima es bastante cálido y soleado, aun en Laponia, pero esta vez no tuvimos suerte. Eso no estorbaba nuestra vacaciones de coches, disfrutamos de nuestra vida. Había allí mucho para ver lo que compensó el frío y lluvioso tiempo.

Círculo Polar Ártico es la puerta de Laponia. El lugar es un poco “comercial”, pero qué importa? Bienvenido a viajar con nosotros y para experimentar todo lo que hemos visto a través de mis imágenes.

En francais:

Cercle arctique.

En août dernier, nous avons passé nos vacances en Laponie. La Laponie est la manière dont nous appelons la partie la plus septentrionale de la Finlande. Notre premier arrêt était à Rovaniemi, qui est de 827 km d’Helsinki / 513 milles. La distance à Arctic Circle de Rovaniemi est d’environ 10 km / 6 milles au nord.

Première étape nous avons fait à partir d’Helsinki sur le train porte-autos. Ainsi nous avons été pleins de vie et d’énergie dans la matinée à Rovaniemi. Notre voiture a été “pleine charge” et avec ce que je veux dire par exemple l’équipement de camping, de l’essence de réserve, l’eau fraîche et bien sûr tout ce que ce que deux personnes ont besoin lorsque vous voyagez.

Arctic Circle / Círculo Polar Ártico / Cercle arctique

Arctic Circle / Círculo Polar Ártico / Cercle arctique

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Where is my umbrella?

Where is my umbrella?

I found it!

I found it!

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Arctic Circle in winter

Part 2 / parte 2

59 Comments »

  1. Great post! I really like your photos showing the landscape. It’s interesting how many signposts there are…

    Comment by megtraveling — January 6, 2012 @ 13:26 | Reply

    • Hello megtraveling.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. You made interesting point of view about signposts. I did not calculate, but if You follow my travel story, then You’ll see more of them and find that they are different.

      Have great start of this year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 6, 2012 @ 13:50 | Reply

  2. I can’t wait to go on this trip with you! I am fascinated by the arctic, and I look forward to seeing it through your eyes and camera lens. Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — January 6, 2012 @ 16:20 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      You are so kind. Thank You. Okay, this was just the start and You can wait to see landscapes of the North, making a cruise on a very Northern huge lake, wooden art of course, presentation of log houses, hiking and much more. This much I can reveal now. So welcome to travel with us! In or car there is always room for one more!🙂

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 6, 2012 @ 16:28 | Reply

  3. I think this is my first glimpse of the Arctic Circle. I think it’s neat that the position of the Circle is marked on the pavement. The buildings are rustic, and beautiful. They remind me of some of the villages outside our national parks. I look forward to seeing more pictures from this region.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 6, 2012 @ 17:58 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I am glad that You will follow this series of mine. I am sure that You’ll find something close to Your heart.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:13 | Reply

  4. Hello Matti,
    Nous allons être nombreux à suivre ce feuilleton “outre cercle” !😀
    Santa Claus Village est un peu l’entrée d’un univers magique où l’on trouve même de très jolis phares (ce parapluie me plaît !😉 )
    A très bientôt.

    Comment by Marion B. — January 6, 2012 @ 18:59 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire. Cette fois, je n’ai visité pas á le village de Sainte Claus, peut-être quelquefois plus tard. Ce parapluie est acheté à Kiel en Allemagne 2010. Malheureusement, il a été rompu à l’automne dernier dans le vent trop fort á Helsinki; soupir.

      Bonne fin de semaine!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:26 | Reply

  5. Even tho the weather was not as its best, the photos are great🙂 Well done, I enjoyed this post🙂 Oh & a late Happy New Year to you & your family😀

    Comment by wolke205 — January 6, 2012 @ 20:00 | Reply

    • Hello Wolke205.

      Thank You commenting. It was nice to read that my photos pleased to You and that You enjoyed the first part.

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:28 | Reply

  6. I would love to visit this place. Did you see any reindeer?

    Comment by Northern Narratives — January 6, 2012 @ 20:22 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      Thank You commenting. You made excellent question. Yes and yes. At the end of my series there are a lot of gorgeous pictures from reindeers. They are beautiful and noble animals without fear of people.

      This place is easy to visit from Helsinki, by flying or by trains. Personally I love the night train, because in its cabins are also showers. So the night train is a “mobile” hotel. We used the same train, but our car was loaded on it. It is very popular to use train to there and then drive back all the way as we made.

      Santa Claus village is worth for visit. There it is possible to make a reindeer sleigh rides. for example.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:43 | Reply

  7. I absolutely love some of those little cabins. Looking forward to more photos of your trip to Lapland!

    Comment by kateri — January 7, 2012 @ 04:11 | Reply

    • Hello Kateri.

      So nice Kateri that You made Your comment. Thank You. When travelling more You’ll see more and more lovely small and big log cabins. Our fist night we spent in a log cabin which was equipped with Sauna, of course.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:47 | Reply

  8. That is great! Have a great New Year!

    Comment by travelwithlaughter — January 7, 2012 @ 05:23 | Reply

    • Hello Travelwithlaughter.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      I wish to You and Yours a very happy new year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 09:54 | Reply

  9. Oh Sartenada, it’s so great when you write French and English, so I read both and I could improve my language skills! And fantastic shots!
    Peace
    xandi

    Comment by xandimusic — January 7, 2012 @ 11:17 | Reply

    • Hi Xandimusic.

      Thank You commenting. Well, well, my English is bad and what comes to Spanish and French my skills are really poor. I still continue using them, because I am learning every time more and more when making translations in them. They are my language lessons.🙂 One reason why I am posting only once a week is that translations take time from me, but I love to do them. So, be careful when reading my blogs in Spanish and French because You can “learn” wrong grammar. To me it is many times easier to speak these languages, than to write complete correct language.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 7, 2012 @ 12:44 | Reply

      • oh, this doesn’t matter, my english isn’t better🙂

        Comment by xandimusic — January 7, 2012 @ 13:17 | Reply

        • Hey Sartenada, I scheduled your Music-Suggestion for tomorrow😉

          Comment by xandimusic — January 11, 2012 @ 20:38 | Reply

  10. Ohhh… This is magical ! Visiting this wonderful place must have been a fantastic experience ! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a lovely weekend Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — January 7, 2012 @ 16:09 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my post! Thank You commenting.

      Have lovely Day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2012 @ 09:33 | Reply

  11. I would really like to crossthe arctic circle – especially in the summer to experience the “midnight sun”! But I have just a little note to the images about Santa Claus: Santa Claus lives in Greenland (in other words, in Denmark – as long as Greenland remains a part of the country😉 )!!!!

    Comment by truels — January 7, 2012 @ 22:41 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      Midnight sun is gorgeous to see. To sleep during nights or let us say white nights is for some tourists “annoying” for some first nights, because they are not accustomed to sleep in daylight. No problem, soon one does not notice at all, if it is day or night.🙂

      What comes to Santa Claus I feel very sorry that You received the wrong information since Your childhood!🙂 Many say that Santa’House is in North Pole, Alaska. Wrong.🙂 You say in Greenland. Wrong again.🙂 Actually Santa Claus lives in Korvatunturi.🙂 There he is making Christmas presents for all kind children assisted by Christmas gnomes during 364 days a year without overtime pay.🙂 At this point You might wonder where I missed one day. I did not miss one day, because that special day he is travelling around the world distributing presents.🙂 How much does Santa Claus will receive salary for this? He gets only good feeling in his heart! I’ve wondered myself, when the labor authorities get involved with this huge work session.🙂

      Why he has office in Arctic Circle? He is very modern and understands the promotional value. Also there he can “sniff” the most new development plans for modern gifts. Product development is for Santa Claus also the keyword. Who is the Santa Claus in the Christmas village at Arctic Circle is a secret to us adults. Maybe the real Father Christmas hired someone who reminds him completely, doppelganger. Well, to get the right answer You have to come and find out it Yourself.🙂

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2012 @ 10:08 | Reply

      • LOL! I think your theory about the doppelganger in Finland at the Arctic Circle is right – because the REAL Santa Claus IS in Greenland😉 !!!! But to eliminate any doubts: I better plan for a visit to investigate this BOTH in Finland AND in Greenland!😉

        Comment by truels — January 8, 2012 @ 18:12 | Reply

        • Hi Truels again.

          Well, well, I think that we could change opinions from this matter many hours, but Your idea is great to check both places. Anyway this is not for humorless and that is why I love your opinion!🙂

          In Finland Santa Claus visits in homes – inside personally. He gives a ring at the door bell and asks from children if there are any kind children in house. Santa also has a small chatting with every child. After that children are singing some Christmas song for Santa. This a must. It is a very exciting moment for those smallest. After that Santa finally gives presents to children.

          So every Finnish child has seen Santa with their own eyes during many Christmases and thus they are eye-witnesses that Santa is real and lives. LOL.

          Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2012 @ 19:42 | Reply

          • Yes, Matti – the humor is (also) so important here: Santa Claus – what would he be without humor?!
            That’s why I like your comments too🙂
            Anyway – Santa also visits our homes here December 24, when my children were younger he ALWAYS came here bringing presents for the kids🙂

            Comment by truels — January 8, 2012 @ 20:17 | Reply

  12. Wow, I hope I could make it this far to this Arctic Circle when I go to Helsinki next week.
    Thanks for your links about Helsinki pictures.
    I have checked all of them.
    And I have planned my walking tours in the city already.
    I would like also like to see Suomenlinna, it’s a UNESCO site.

    There are quite a few free museums in Helsinki.🙂
    I am staying at Katajanokka Skatudden.
    I think I can get the ferries to Tallinn easily from there.
    But I checked the journey time, it’s rather long in the winter, up to 3 hours…
    In the summer, it’s shorter, about 1.5 hours.
    Maybe I should go back to Finland in summer.

    Oh yes, what food must I try in Finland?
    My travel books didn’t introduce a lot about Finnish food…

    Comment by London Caller — January 8, 2012 @ 15:41 | Reply

    • Hi London Caller.

      Wow. We just came from cold and snowy Helsinki. There was light show which I wanted to photograph. Photos from that I’ll present before next Christmas. Katajanokka is in the high center of Helsinki. There is one obligatory thing that You must do in Finland.

      Go to Sauna!!! Do not think to leave Finland without having a Sauna bath!!! In every hotel there might be a Sauna. Then in every indoor swimming pool there are. They are great, that I can say. Those Saunas in indoor swimming pool are my favorite.

      If You remember I have a Sauna post:

      Finnish Sauna.

      Read it, please.

      About food, I suggest fish and especially salmon. In Finnish restaurants You have no language problems, because English is talked widely. All restaurants in Helsinki have Finnish food, so just ask what they recommend.

      If You have time, then visit Rovaniemi and Arctic Circle. I think that it is an adventure for You. There are plenty of snow; about half a meter. Check night train time table. Here in English:

      http://www.vr.fi/en/index.html

      So welcome!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2012 @ 19:56 | Reply

  13. This is a great introduction to your trip there. I love the buildings and their style and especially like the signposts and the way they really orient the location and put it into perspective!

    Comment by montucky — January 8, 2012 @ 18:09 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. You will not be disappointed with the continuation; I am sure from that.

      Have nice Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 8, 2012 @ 20:00 | Reply

  14. Oh, my. Steven and I were talking about the Arctic Circle just last night… and I recall first having read about Lapland in my grade school geography book long, long, long ago. So I’d always wondered about it, and here you and Anja were both there. Wow.

    Thanks for sharing your adventure, Matti. Maybe next time the weather will be better.

    Oh, oh! Will you be sharing photos from the Christmas exhibition? And what about the post office? What’s it like inside?

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — January 9, 2012 @ 17:42 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Coincidences.🙂 Thank You! Those things You mentioned, so sorry, I am not presenting. Maybe we visit someday again there and present at same time the town of Rovaniemi. Next Friday our trip continues with new photos and items.

      Until then.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 9, 2012 @ 18:48 | Reply

  15. How exciting, I’ve always wanted to go to Lapland!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — January 10, 2012 @ 18:51 | Reply

    • Hi Ducky’s Always Hungry.

      Thank You. Now You have “unique” possibility to follow our travel in Lapland during some weeks, in a small part of it, but anyway.

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 11, 2012 @ 08:13 | Reply

  16. I love your trip to the Arctic Circle! Awesome! Great photos! I feel like I’ve been there! Thanks for posting!

    Comment by Judy — January 13, 2012 @ 22:35 | Reply

    • Hi Judy.

      Thank You. When saying so, I feel very happy and that I managed with my Arctic post.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 11:54 | Reply

  17. Muchas gracias por compartir tu viaje, por lo que veo en tus fotos es un sitio precioso, ¡me encantaría ir!, bueno quizás algún día, sobre todo por mis hijos que aunque ya son mayores 12 y 14 años les encantan todo lo relacionado con la Navidad. Muchos besos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — January 14, 2012 @ 12:52 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos. Siempre es bueno de saber que estes sitios existenten. Possiblemente algun dia…

      Abrazos.

      ¡Que tengan un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 12:58 | Reply

  18. C’est un très beau départ en vacances, même sous la pluie. J’aime ces constructions de bois rustiques et ces grands murs de pierres rouges. Une amie revient de Laponie, elle va m’apporter des épices et herbes de là-haut pour la cuisine. Je suis curieuse de les goûter. Quelles belles décorations florales à Rovaniemi ! Merci pour ce voyage au-delà du Cercle Polaire🙂

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 31, 2012 @ 21:57 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Je me rejouis que tu as visité mon blog. Eh bien, dans le nord, est une baie appelée Plaquebière. Elle pousse dans les marécages et la saveur est excellente. Une autre baie est Rubus arcticus. Rubus arcticus, je pense que Rubus arcticus a une saveur encore meilleure. A partir de les deux baies se fabrique d’liqueur, et cuand tu voyages, apportez un bouteille, c’est un parfait souvenir!!! Les deux sont vendus à l’aéroport d’Helsinki.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2012 @ 08:32 | Reply

  19. Rovaniemi, i´d like to be there to visit joulupukki. it must be great. every year in december i am watching on internet joulupukki😉

    Comment by gogolinchen — February 26, 2012 @ 17:12 | Reply

    • Hallo Sonja.

      In Rovaniemi there is really Joulupukki’s land. When Father Christmas is leaving his home to distribute presents for children, it is televised worldwide. I did not think that it can be seen also in Internet, but naturally.

      Viele Grüße.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 26, 2012 @ 17:44 | Reply

  20. from the beginning of december until the middle of january it is to see in internet🙂
    http://www.santaclauslive.com

    viele grüsse🙂 and thanks again for all those beautiful photos

    Comment by gogolinchen — February 26, 2012 @ 21:39 | Reply

  21. Thanks for visiting my blog. I find all of your photos fascinating, especially the size and shape of the small cafe and cabin. I will check back on your adventure. Enjoy!

    Comment by Wings of Wonder — April 15, 2012 @ 20:20 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am very glad that You did find something interesting “Beyond the Arctic Circle” although it is so in the North.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 16, 2012 @ 06:57 | Reply

  22. I love your pictures 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, and 29 and the Santa associated pictures – I can almost feel him coming around the corner! You do a great job in showing this beautiful place to people.

    Comment by luchaniktravel — June 1, 2012 @ 07:31 | Reply

    • Hi Luchaniktravel.

      I appreciate You comment very much. Thank You!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 1, 2012 @ 07:39 | Reply

      • You are welcome! Have a fantastic Friday, and a fabulous weekend!

        Comment by luchaniktravel — June 1, 2012 @ 08:13 | Reply

  23. what a beautiful place to visit! you take wonderful photos

    Comment by Karen — December 28, 2012 @ 15:23 | Reply

    • Thank You Karen for Your kind words. Taking pictures inside is very challenging. All my inside photos I took freehand.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 28, 2012 @ 15:49 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Your comment made my day! This post is very important to me. We made a car holiday by car and the Arctic Circle was first stop. We travelled up to the Norway visiting some nice places and towns. I made if I remember 14 posts from our trip. The place is beautiful, but when we were there it was raining, but it happens.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 28, 2012 @ 16:59 | Reply

  24. These are so fantastic! I’ve seen pics of ice hotels and chapels in CA but none seem as elaborate as this one! When you go back in Feb you must post an update!

    Comment by SmallHouseBigGarden — December 28, 2012 @ 19:22 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Oh, thank You for Your kind comment. I think, that my newest post presenting this castle, You must wait until next year’s autumn or to early winter. That is due to my plan to present a series of photos from our unique Poor-man wooden statues. They are beside of old churches and as said already they are unique in the whole world. Some are found in Sweden, but in Finland we have Poor-man statues 107 and one Poor-woman statue. At same time I show those old churches, chandelier, altars, pulpits and war memorials on graveyards. There will be 14 posts which each presents four Poor-man statues. Some only three or two, but in those cases churches are so gorgeous that I had to shoot plenty of photos from them.

      My posts are not religious, but cultural historic. I can say that my series of them is unique! Welcome to follow it starting on Friday 4th, January 2013.

      Have a great week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 29, 2012 @ 12:21 | Reply

  25. Great photographs! I should go there to visit Santa later this year!🙂

    Comment by mskatykins — February 11, 2013 @ 12:50 | Reply

    • Hi Katy.

      I am happy that You like my photos from our car trip Beyond the Arctic Circle. There are nice place for visit in Lapland. If You have time someday, then check my posts. There is always links back and forward. I am sure that You will love Lapland. There are also three posts South of Arctic Circle on our return trip and there are some surprises.

      Here is example; get amazed:

      Dancing scarecrows

      Have a wonderful start of the week.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2013 @ 13:56 | Reply

  26. Oh my goodness thank you for taking us to Lapland. What a beautiful place. I’d love love love to go there!
    Does Santa pose for pictures at Christmas village? I was interested to learn that its popular to put your car on the night train for the first leg of the journey. I’ll be back to see your posts of the rest of the trip.

    Comment by dearrosie — April 15, 2013 @ 18:03 | Reply

    • Hi Rosanne.

      Thank You for Your interest and leaving so nice comment.

      Yes, You can meet Santa for photos of course. Night train is very practical way to go to the North. Of course one can visit Arctic Circle by plane in 1½ hours; direct flights.

      My series which I presented last year was a success to me, so I find them. There were 14 posts beyond the Arctic Circle and 3 South of the Arctic Circle. What we did see during on our road trip? Some examples: huge amount of carved animals, visiting bear’s nest stone, driving alongside between Norway and Finland in a long valley alongside the Tana river, visiting the Northernmost village in Europe Union (Finland), making lake cruise on a Finland’s Northernmost lake, exploring Norway in two posts, looking awesome log houses, hiking to the top of some Arctic hills and much more.

      Visiting South of the Arctic Circle might sound dull, no not at all. Here is my post from that road trip which might astonish You:

      Dancing scarecrows.

      It is one of my favorite posts. It also includes short video made by my wife Anja.

      If and when You check my posts Beyond the Arctic Circle, I have given the link to the next post after my photos before comments.

      Here is the second post:

      Beyond the Arctic Circle 2.

      In this post there are plenty of carved animals which are popular in Finland and our first night’s log house.

      Welcome to take a road trip thru my photo.

      Have a wonderful day!

      P.S. I am posting only once a week at Fridays. So next post Arctic Circle in winter.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 16, 2013 @ 07:50 | Reply

  27. Awesome pics cant wait to go back there😀

    Comment by texasroadies — July 16, 2013 @ 21:06 | Reply


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