Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 13, 2012

Beyond the Arctic Circle 2 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico 2 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique 2

In English:

Carved animals and our log house

From the Arctic Circle our holiday on our blue car started concretely. Before finding bed for next night, we found plenty of carved animals in two places. Our first stop was in Kitinen were I found few friendly looking carved bears. There are nine photos. Our next stop was in Porttipahta and more carved animals with 29 photos.

Rest of photos are showing log houses. First four photos different log houses and the rest from that in which we stayed our night. The place is called Kiilopää. Total mileage 250 km / 155 miles from Arctic Circle. There are inside photos including also four Sauna photos. The log house in which we stayed overnight is called Kelo log house. Kelo is a Finnish term for old, arctic pine trees or naturally circular trunks which are dead on site on upright position in Lapland. Houses made from Kelo logs are expensive, but they are the best ones. Later in my series You’ll see plenty of Kelo log houses, so remember the name, please.

We made also a stop in the small town called Sodankylä, but photos from there I’ll present in next post.

En español:

Animales tallados y nuestra casa en Madera

Desde el Círculo Polar Ártico comenzó en concreto nuestras vacaciones en nuestro carrito azul. Antes de buscar la cama para la noche siguiente, encontramos un montón de animales tallados en dos lugares. Nuestra primera parada fue en Kitinen donde encontramos algunos amistosos osos tallados. Hay nueve fotos. Nuestra siguiente parada fue en Porttipahta con más animales tallados incluindo 29 fotos.

El resto de las fotos le muestran las casas hechas de árboles muertos en pie. Primeras cuatro fotos diferentes casas de madera y el resto de aquel donde alojamos nuestra noche. El lugar se llama Kiilopää. El kilometraje total fue 250 km / 155 millas del Círculo Polar Ártico. Hay fotos del interior como también cuatro fotos de Sauna. La casa de madera en el que nos hospedamos una noche que se llama Kelo Casa de troncos. Kelo es un término finlandés, de edad, los árboles de pino ártico o troncos de forma natural y circular que han muerto en el sitio en la posición vertical de Laponia. Casas hechas de troncos de Kelo son caros, pero son los mejores. Más tarde, en mi serie Ustedes véra un montón de casas de madera hechas de Kelo, por favor, recuerde el nombre de Kelo.

Hicimos una parada también en un pequeño pueblo llamado Sodankylä, pero las fotos de allí voy a presentar en el próximo post.

En francais:

Animaux sculptés et notre maison en bois rond

Du cercle polaire arctique nos vacances a commencé concrètement dans notre voiture bleue. Avant de trouver un lit pour la nuit suivante, nous avons trouvé beaucoup d’animaux sculptés en deux endroits. Notre premier arrêt était en Kitinen oú j’ai trouvé quelques sympas ours sculptés. Il y a neuf photos. Notre prochain arrêt était au Porttipahta avec plus sculptés des animaux avec 29 photos.

Le reste de photos montrent á Vous des maisons en bois rond. D’abord quatre maisons en bois rondes différentes et le reste de celui dans laquelle nous avons passé notre nuit. L’endroit est appelé Kiilopää. Kilométrage total 250 km / 155 miles de Cercle arctique. Il y a des photos d l’intérieur incluant également quatre photos de sauna. La maison en bois dans laquelle nous avons passé la nuit est appelé Kelo maisons en rondins. Kelo est un terme finnois ce qui signifie les anciens de pins arctiques ou des troncs naturellement circulaires sont morts sur le site sur la position verticale en Laponie. Maisons en rondins de Kelo sont cheres, mais ils sont las meilleurs. Plus tard dans ma série Vous allez voir beaucoup de maisons en rondins de Kelo, donc n’oubliez pas le nom, s’il vous plaît.

Nous avons fait également un arrêt dans une petite ville appelée Sodankylä, mais les photos à partir de là je vais vous présenter dans mon prochain post.

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Carved bears in Kitinen

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta (it maybe a huge Kuksa)

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta (it maybe a huge Kuksa)

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

Wooden carved art at Porttipahta

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

On the way to Kiilopää we saw some log cabins

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää (our first night here)

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää (our first night here)

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - on the way to Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - on the way to Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää - Sauna

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Wooden log cottage at Kiilopää

Part 1 / parte 1
Part 3 / parte 3

47 Comments »

  1. This friendly little house, the interior nice and I like wood.These wooden bears, there is the same in Savoie (France).

    Good day to you.

    Comment by Sylvie — January 13, 2012 @ 12:50 | Reply

    • Bonjour Sylvie.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. Finnish people love these wooden carved bears. I have many posts in which I have presented them and many of them I found around my country.

      Bon week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2012 @ 13:05 | Reply

  2. Cute bears!

    Comment by Debra Kolkka — January 13, 2012 @ 13:47 | Reply

  3. It looks like trees are abundant there. The bears and other sculptures are beautiful. I like the Pepsi signs, too!

    Comment by megtraveling — January 13, 2012 @ 15:21 | Reply

    • Hi megtraveling.

      At his level there are trees indeed. The “secret” is that in the Northern parts of Norway, Sweden and Finland there are trees quite up to the North due to Gulf Stream. It is coming alongside the Eastern coast of U.S, then passing accross the Atlantic Ocean and reaching finally the Western coast of Norway. Its water is “warm.” In the most Northern parts of Norway there are even no bushes. Many years ago I drove to the North most place of Europe in Norway called Nordkapp. Great place. It is easy to reach from Finland by car.

      Trees are suffering, because they are not as tall as in the South. When climbing to the top of some hill, then trees end slowly, then bushes and finally bare top of Arctic hills. In my next post after one week, You’ll see it. Thank You for stopping here and leaving Your nice comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2012 @ 15:37 | Reply

  4. Oh, very beautiful photos, like them!!
    greetings
    xandi

    Comment by xandimusic — January 13, 2012 @ 15:55 | Reply

    • Hi Xandimusic.

      So nice to read that You liked my “Arctic” photos.

      Happy Week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2012 @ 16:50 | Reply

  5. I’m very impressed with the carvings you’ve pictured. There are obviously many talented artists in Finland. I like your cabin. It looks very cozy.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 13, 2012 @ 17:07 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You very much commenting. I appreciate Your comment, because I know that in the States there are great artists. Kelo log cabins are very popular in this part of Finland (Lapland). They are all modern equipments and Sauna as You saw in my photos.

      Here in the Southern part of Finland we have also log houses, but not so many Kelo log vacation houses, because they are very expensive.

      Happy-week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2012 @ 17:16 | Reply

  6. All that wood carving is gorgeous!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — January 13, 2012 @ 17:49 | Reply

    • Hello Ducky’s Always Hungry.

      I am very glad that You like them. Thank You commenting.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 08:41 | Reply

  7. You are right. Those are friendly looking bears and excellent sculptures! All of the carved art is wonderful to see. It displays as well a kind, gentle and humorous attitude of those who created them.

    I love the log cabins. There are a lot of them in this area too. If I had it all to do over again, I would have built our house that way.

    What a great series of photos! Each is interesting and I have looked at them all several times. It’s like exploring the places myself! I can imagine what that places might look like when the winter snow is piled up deep!

    Comment by montucky — January 13, 2012 @ 19:00 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I like humorous attitude also in art, in wooden art. It was so nice to read that You have log cabins in Your area too. You are right when thinking winter and summer differences. They must be big.

      In 2010 we spent our holiday in May, just to the South of this place. We had here in the South nearly summer, but there at Ruka arctic hill in Kuusamo, it started to snow. I was afraid to drive, because I had summer tires on my car, but happily all went well.

      Here is my post with photos with another Kelo log cabin, landscape with snow:

      Arctic hill of Ruka.

      Happy week-end to You!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 08:55 | Reply

      • Thanks for that link. I enjoyed those photos also. That was quite a climb!

        Comment by montucky — January 15, 2012 @ 06:23 | Reply

        • Hi Terry.

          I am very glad that You checked my link. You are right, quite a climb and it was snowing at same time although snowing stopped, then at the top.

          Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2012 @ 08:58 | Reply

  8. Wonderful carvings. Some people here like to carve bears too. I like the sauna in the cabin.

    Comment by Northern Narratives — January 13, 2012 @ 22:23 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      Thank You for Your visit on my site and leaving Your comment. You may know that Sauna is very important to us Finns. When outside is extremely cold, then it is so nice to enjoy from the heath of Sauna and to relax.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 08:59 | Reply

  9. We have several artists here in Alaska too who carve animals and other creations out of wood. The carvings in your pictures are beautiful and really well done.
    I love the log cottage too. It would be wonderful to spend a day or two in a cottage like that.🙂
    Have a great weekend!!

    Comment by alskamom — January 14, 2012 @ 01:23 | Reply

    • Hello Alskamom.

      Thank You. On holidays like this, it is enjoyable to spend some nights on log cabins like these some nights. On this holiday we spent only one night in a hotel in Kuusamo. All other wooden cabins were small and cozy. Also one night in Norway we wanted to stay in a wooden cabin which was actually as big as a small house. Later photos from Norway too.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 09:04 | Reply

  10. The log cottage looks so warm and cozy. The picture with the cone-shaped building, with the roof covered in sod, is intriguing. Is that a cabin where someone would live? It looks very warm, but perhaps also very dark inside. Ia m loving going on your trip with you! Happy weekend, Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — January 14, 2012 @ 05:32 | Reply

    • Hi Janet.

      So nice that You made Your comment. Thank You. I think that the cone-shaped building is used as garden equipment storage. I think that its form tries to imitate in some way Laplander’s hut, which is called in Finnish “Kota”. When having a garden it is needed many kind of tools to take care of garden. Also we have a storeroom for all tools and one for firewood. This might be used for firewood storage also, I think.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 09:13 | Reply

  11. Preciosas imágenes, se ve un lugar relajante y hogareño, ¡que sitios más bonitos nos muestras! besos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — January 14, 2012 @ 12:55 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Muchas gracias por tu palabras tan amables. El Norte parte de Finlandia esta lleno de cosas y sitos interessantes.

      Besitos y abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 13:02 | Reply

  12. I like the bears… wonderful wood carvings ! A funny series Matti ! Have a lovely weekend🙂

    Comment by Tamara — January 14, 2012 @ 14:31 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You for Your visit and telling that You liked wooden carved animals.

      Happy week-end to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 20:12 | Reply

  13. Your photos are always so interesting. It is nice to see other parts of the world. Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Comment by Karen — January 14, 2012 @ 15:24 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      I am so glad that You like my photos from this part of the world. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2012 @ 20:13 | Reply

  14. We’ve seen lots of carved bears, eagles, etc. in the Smoky Mountains, a few hours north of us. Wood carving is an amazing talent to possess. Thanks for sharing!!!

    Comment by Juliette Adams — January 14, 2012 @ 21:17 | Reply

    • Thank You. So nice to know that this kind of art is popular there also. I really do love this “rustic” art.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2012 @ 09:00 | Reply

  15. Bonjour Matti,
    Je viens faire une pause au cottage, en n’étant pas sûre de vouloir en repartir (c’estun endroit vraiment charmant !), mais en laissant ma place de sauna (le supporte très très mal…😦 )
    Merci pour ce deuxième épisode encore bien sympathique !
    Bises et bonne semaine.

    Comment by Marion B. — January 16, 2012 @ 16:20 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire. Peut-être tu pourrais passer très bien dans Sauna, parce que elle peut être chauffée aussi chaude que on le veut.🙂

      Bises et bonne semaine á toi aussi!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 16, 2012 @ 16:37 | Reply

  16. I love your log house!
    I hope to see some when I go to FInland next week.🙂

    Just got back from Switzerland & France yesterday.

    Comment by London Caller — January 17, 2012 @ 00:07 | Reply

    • Hi London Caller.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment. You are welcome! If I could suggest to You for Your winter time visit in Finland, then come in February. Helsinki is Helsinki, but travel to Lapland. Go to Rovaniemi (Arctic Circle) and a little bit to the South to

      Kemi

      where World’s Biggest Snow Castle will be opened. Great openings are on January the 28th. Best month for visit is February, I think so. If You visit only in Helsinki, You miss much. Well, in case of lack of time visit then by bus in

      Charming wintry Porvoo,

      this is only 50 km to the East of Helsinki. Anyway, You are welcome!

      If You are adventurous, then why not

      Cruising on the Icebreaker Sampo in Kemi.

      It includes also swimming/floating in the sea in appropriate survival suits. This is an adventure of “once a life”.

      P.S. I have been planning to go to see the Snow Castle on Wednesday the 15th in February by night train. So, following day early in the morning in Kemi, return on Friday the 17th in February by day train. One day in Kemi and in Snow Castle is enough and sufficiently.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2012 @ 08:57 | Reply

  17. Matti, who carved (carves) the animal figures? I just love the cabins and cottages! And the carved woman with the hat on the side of her head is priceless!

    What a sight to behold!

    Thanks again for allowing us to visit a slice of your world.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — January 17, 2012 @ 00:12 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Well, I have no idea who carved them. There are so many “popular artiest” in Finland who make them and sell also. I love that carved woman with hat – she is charming indeed. Thank You for commenting and visit.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2012 @ 09:01 | Reply

  18. My favorite photos this time are those with the NICE wooden houses, I love them!
    Have a nice week, Matti!

    Comment by truels — January 17, 2012 @ 01:06 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      So nice to read that You like these Kelo log houses. Later, I have a post in which there are many and many of them in my post and they are awesome. Thank You commenting.

      Ha a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2012 @ 09:05 | Reply

  19. Me encantan los osos y el hombre-árbol! Tus fotos son geniales.
    Me gustaría poder visitar las cabañas y pasar alguna noche en ellas, me parecen muy acogedoras.

    Comment by Esther — January 17, 2012 @ 03:22 | Reply

    • Hola Ester.

      ¡Que alegría al leer tu comentario tan amable! También pienso que que el hombre-arbol es espléndido. Si sigues leer mis mensajes luego Ustedes veás cómo Laponia parece en verano. El verano no es demaciado frio. Tal vez Usted visitare allí algún día, lo espero.

      ¡Que tengan un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2012 @ 09:14 | Reply

  20. Now that is a real log cabin! So rustic and charming. Loved looking at all the wooden sculptures. Some of them are amusing. It looks like a place I would love to go.

    Comment by kateri — January 22, 2012 @ 16:15 | Reply

    • Hi Kateri.

      That is real log cabin indeed. I am glad that You liked these wooden sculptures also. Thank You very much for Your visit and comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 23, 2012 @ 08:06 | Reply

  21. Très sympa toutes ces créatures sculptées le long de votre route de vacances. Et quels sculpteurs talentueux ! J’aime aussi les fleurs sauvages (12) et votre jolie cabane de rondins (log house). Ca fait envie d’y aller. Merci pour tous ces détails, informations et belles photos.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — January 31, 2012 @ 22:05 | Reply

    • Salut Isa.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire si gentil.

      Peut être t’as remarquée, que j’aime sculptures en bois et particuliement des ours sculptés en bois. Sauna était excellent dans cette maison en rondins.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2012 @ 09:13 | Reply

  22. The workmanship in the carved bears is lovely. Is that you with the big bear who’s caught a fish?

    Comment by the eternal traveller — April 1, 2016 @ 12:13 | Reply

    • Yes Carol it is me. Finland loves bear and generally woodcarvings. Can You imagine that we have:

      Bear carving contest1.

      I could not, but it was great experience.

      Thank You having interest towards my country.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 1, 2016 @ 12:24 | Reply


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