Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

February 10, 2012

Beyond the Arctic Circle 6 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico 6 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique 6

In English:

Tana river – border river between Finland and Norway.

Our vacation continued from Inari to Nuorgam via Utsjoki alongside the lush green of river Tana.

Tana (in Finnish Teno) river is flowing between along the Finnish–Norwegian border. Its length is 256 kilometers / 159 miles in this upper course. Total length of it is about 800 kilometers / 497 miles.

Tana is popular among salmon fishermen and kayaking. I asked from one of my friends which side of river it is better to drive and he said that Finnish side. So when looking at my photos, You see mostly the Norwegian side. I had high expectations of seeing Tana all the way, but I was disappointed. Since my friend drove the same route few years ago, he told that Tana could be seen quite well alongside it, but now in many places alongside the river, bushes prevented visibility. Sigh.

Another thing was the lack of good resting-places. So I start my photos showing one resting-place where no benches, tables or seats were available. Well no problems, we used again our car or better said its trunk as coffee table. We had our thermos full of hot coffee made in the morning and some delicious sandwiches. So we stretched our legs at same time when we enjoyed our light breakfast. We are used to do so, even in Germany on our many car holidays there! I let my photos talk more.

En español:

Río Tana – . rio frontera entre Finlandia y Noruega

Continuamos nuestro viaje de Inari Nuorgam a través de Utsjoki junto a la exuberante vegetación del río Tana.

Tana (en finlandés Teno), río fluye a lo largo de la frontera entre Finlandia y Noruega. Su longitud es de 256 kilómetros / millas 159 en el curso superior. Longitud total de la misma es de unos 800 kilómetros / millas 497.

Rio Tana es muy popular entre los pescadores de salmón y el kalos palistaslos remerosyak. Le pregunté a uno de mis amigos en qué lado del río es mejor para conducir y me dijo que en lado finlandes. Así al mirando en mis fotos, visteis geneneralmente el lado noruego. Tuve altas expectativas de ver Tana hasta el fin durante todo el viaje, pero me decepcionó. Mi amigo ha recorrido la misma ruta ya hace unos años, me dijé que Tana se podía ver muy bien según él, pero ahora en muchos lugares a las orillas del río, arbustos impidió la visibilidad. Suspiro.

Otra cosa era la falta son buenos lugares de descanso. Comienzo mis fotos Vos mostrar un lugar de descanso donde no hay bancos, mesas o asientos estaban disponibles. Así no hay problemas, hemos utilizado una vez más nuestro carro, o mejor, de su tronco como mesa de café. Tuvimos nuestro café caliente hecho lleno en termo por la mañana y algunos deliciosos bocadillos. Por lo tanto, estiramos las piernas al mismo tiempo, cuando disfrutamos de nuestro desayuno ligero. Estamos acostumbrados a hacerlo, incluso en Alemania, en nuestras vacaciones de carros muchos veces allí! Dejé que mis fotos hablan más.
En francais:

Le Teno – fleuve frontière entre la Finlande et la Norvège.

Nos vacances ont continué d’Inari à Utsjoki aux côtés de la verdoyante rivière de Tana tout le chemin vers Nuorgam.

Tana (en finnois Teno), une rivière qui coule entre de la long frontière finno-norvégienne. Sa longueur est de 256 km / 159 miles dans ce cours supérieur. Longueur totale de celle-la est d’environ 800 km / 497 miles.

Tana est très populaire parmi les pêcheurs de saumon et les pagayeurs. J’ai posé une question à un de mes amis de quel côté de la rivière, il est préférable de conduire et il m’a dit que sur le côté finlandais. Alors quand on regarde mes photos, vous voyez surtout le côté norvégien. J’attendais beaucoup de voir Tana tout le chemin, mais j’ai été déçu. Depuis que mon ami a conduit la même route il ya quelques années, il a dit que Tana pourrait être bien vu de ce côté de la rivière, mais maintenant, dans les nombreux endroits au long du fleuve, les buissons ont empêchés la visibilité. Une autre chose est c’est que je manque est les bons lieux de repos.

Alors je commence par montrant mes photos d’un lieu de repos où il n’y avait pas des bancs, des tables ou des sièges. Eh bien pas de problèmes, nous avons utilisé à nouveau notre voiture ou mieux dit de son tronc comme une table à café. Nous avons eu notre thermos pleine de café chaud fait dans la matinée et quelques sandwichs délicieux aussi. Nous avons donc tendu nos jambes au même moment quand nous avons pris notre petit déjeuner léger. Nous sommes habitués à le faire, même en Allemagne sur nos vacances en voiture en conduisant là! Je donne mes photosà parler plus.

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Part 5 / parte 5
Part 7 / parte 7

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38 Comments »

  1. Gorgeous photos! I didn’t see your blue car at the car park. The gardens are closed just now. I will have to go back on my next visit.

    Comment by Debra Kolkka — February 10, 2012 @ 09:01 | Reply

  2. Hi Debra.

    Thank You. That is true, because we’ll visit my mother on next week. So sorry for girds, but I did not know it. Now it is opened, it is sure, because there was short news about its opening. I am sure that now You recognize my blue car. Its color is special and it is only in this model.

    Have a lovely day!

    Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2012 @ 09:12 | Reply

  3. Oh, Matti! The video was inspired! Anja did such a superb job of keeping the camera steady, too!

    The photos were gorgeous as always. I especially enjoyed my walk with Anja down to the water. That was so much fun! And the reflection of the sky in the water enhanced your photos even more.

    Kudos!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — February 10, 2012 @ 16:42 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      You cannot guess how glad I am, that You looked at the video also. Yes, she has learnt how to shoot video with her steady hands. The road was not so good, as You saw. She started to shoot videos when we were in Germany many years ago where I wanted drive fast on highway. Then my war was “brand new” and Anja took video from my car’s speedometer at the speed of 242 kilometers / 150 miles. Her hand is incredible steady in that video.

      She is still learning how to shoot videos from TV. We discuss many times what was good in some program and what wasn’t. Watching is learning and then comes doing. They reinforce each others.

      I am happy that my photos pleased for You too.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2012 @ 16:58 | Reply

  4. Thank you for including the video — it was very good. Your car makes a wonderful coffee table; I’ve used our car in the same way. The river is beautiful and the valley through which it flows is very lush. In a couple of your pictures I think I spotted a red cottage on the Norwegian side of the river. That would be a wonderful spot for a vacation home.

    Comment by seniorhiker — February 10, 2012 @ 17:45 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      To put a video with my post was a test. Thank You watching at it. Maybe it completed my photos. First time we used our car as coffee table was in Germany. There are incredible huge areas at Car Plazas and all the seats were occupied, and then our car served as table for the first time. Later we learned that it is actually great way, because we can stress our legs after long drive and at same time to drink coffee. The river was quite dry and it seemed that in the summer it has not rained much. The place is ideal for fishing in Spring time. I love those small red cottages also.

      Thank You leaving Your comment. Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2012 @ 18:03 | Reply

  5. It is so beautiful! I am learning so much about the region through your pictures and stories. Thank you!

    Comment by megtraveling — February 10, 2012 @ 18:31 | Reply

    • Hi Megtravelling.

      Thank You. Isn’t fantastic that so far in the North, so lush green landscape.

      Happy Week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 12:43 | Reply

  6. I really enjoy seeing your photos. That’s a beautiful river and I find the surrounding hills fascinating. The vegetation is so different from here. I’d love to fish that river! The video added a very nice perspective to the whole series!

    Comment by montucky — February 10, 2012 @ 18:54 | Reply

    • Hi Terry.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my photos from this river. Also it is warming my heart that You liked my short video.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 12:45 | Reply

  7. This desolate and magnificent scenery must be another “must go” place visiting Finland!
    And the beautiful blue car can be used for many purposes, I can see😉

    Comment by truels — February 10, 2012 @ 19:25 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      There will be later a place where You should come for visit. Just wait. So, did You ever think that car can be used also as coffee table?🙂

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 12:53 | Reply

  8. I really like the addition of the video – makes me feel even more like I am traveling there with you. Driving along, I feel like your car and the two of you could be the only people in this part of your world. The river is beautiful. The landscape looks like it was carved by glaciers – very similar to parts of Ireland I biked through some years ago. Thanks for a great start to my weekend. Janet

    Comment by harpingjanet — February 10, 2012 @ 19:59 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      How nicely said. For a long, long time ago, Ice age passed here. It has left its traces even here where I live, in the Southern part of Finland.

      Thank You for commenting.

      Have nice week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 12:50 | Reply

  9. The river is so beautiful. Is the water cold?

    Comment by Northern Narratives — February 10, 2012 @ 22:42 | Reply

    • Hi Northern Narratives.

      Yes, it is cold. Summer is so short that it is not warmed. I checked from Internet and found that during summer its temperature varies from 7 °c / 44.6 ºF to 14 °c / 57.2 ºF. To me, that I can swim, the temperature of water must be at least 20 ºC / 68 ºF.

      I feel easily cold anyway.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 13:02 | Reply

  10. Beautiful pictures!!! Love all of them.

    Comment by deniosores — February 10, 2012 @ 23:38 | Reply

    • Hi Deniosores.

      Thank You. I am so glad that You loved my Arctic photos.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2012 @ 11:54 | Reply

  11. Wow your blog is my new way to learn Spanish before I travel South America in a few months. Thanks for commenting on my blog and for posting such interesting info and pics on yours.

    Comment by cazbag — February 11, 2012 @ 01:48 | Reply

    • Hello Cazbag.

      My Spanish is not so good, because correct grammar in Spanish is not so easy! I find it much easier to speak, but when writing and then all the errors are revealed.🙂

      To where are heading in South America? There are so many interesting places to visit. I have been Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. To me, as a Finn, the most interesting place has been in Brazil in Penedo (near to Rio de Janeiro. There is small Finnish colony which has old Finnish traditions yet. Some examples: There are every Saturday Finnish dances on a club and there is played old Finnish popular songs. In many hotels there are real Finnish Saunas! I have enjoyed there from both of these wonders. Many people from Rio come to spend week-end to there and to enjoy some Nordic exotics.🙂

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 13:14 | Reply

  12. The place is so calm and serene. The pictures with the reflection of the green trees is gorgeous, i can sit there doing nothing for hours…I would love to be there right now!

    Comment by Hellopalz — February 11, 2012 @ 05:14 | Reply

    • Hello Hellopalz.

      It is really calm place to enjoy nature and serenity.

      Thank You commenting!

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 11, 2012 @ 13:19 | Reply

  13. Hello Matti,
    Nous nous fais vraiment rêver !😀
    Des paysages variés le long du Teno, avec des passages plus encaissés que d’autres, des rivages de sable puis de galets, de beaux reflets, une végétation riche ou inexistante sur la montagne la plus haute certainement balayée par les vents (brrr !!).
    Tu vois, les plages de cocotiers et les croisières sous les tropiques ne m’ont jamais attirée, mais ces contrées là, OUI OUI OUI !!!😀
    Merci pour ce beau moment d’évasion.
    Bises et bonne fin de journée

    Comment by Marion B. — February 11, 2012 @ 15:32 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Très interessant ta opinion concernant ces régions arctiques. Je les aime. Je pensais que tout le monde aime les régions tropicales, des plages ensoleillées etc. Contre le froid on peut “battre” avec de bons vêtements. C’est pas promlem! Beaucoup de français sont qui visitent en Laponie et encore plus loin. Sur ce chemin de voiture, nous sommes allés jusqu’à Kirkenes en Norvège. Kirkes est le site le plus septentrional oú on peut conduire une voiture en Europe. Si jamais Vous viendrait en voiture à ces paysages paisibles et nordique, alors je Vous recommande une balade en voiture par la Finlande jusqu’à Nordkapp, Norvège.La route de retour vers le sud á traves par Norvège. Les paysages sont à couper le souffle, mais les routes sont très sinueux et le voyage est très lent.

      Ensuite, après fatiguant avec des routes sinueuses, vous devriez revenir à travers la côte ouest de la Finlande. Lá, les routes sont presque rapides de conduire et pleines de la vieille culture et historiques de temps lorsque la Finlande était sous la domination suédoise .

      Considérez un voyage exotique au nord, que ne peuvent pas être oubliér.

      Ou voyage à Kirkenes peut être vu dans la neuvième partie.

      Belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2012 @ 10:15 | Reply

  14. Between Finland and Norway?
    Wow, I can imagine it must be very, very far away from Helsinki, in the very north!
    Is it safe to go there in the summer because I know you have bears in your countryside!!!

    I heard that people usually carry bells or something to make loud noise so the bears are aware of people approaching to them.
    But I don’t really like this. I enjoy the silentness in the wood, so bells are such nuisance.
    Do you know any other ways to prevent bear encounters with a silent method?

    Comment by London Caller — February 12, 2012 @ 14:55 | Reply

    • Hello London Caller.

      Yes, it is safe. You have heard nice urban legends which have nothing to do with real life!!!🙂 Believe me. Bears are living more to the South and in woods. From Finnish Internet, freely translated: “During the last hundred years, a bear once killed a man. This happened Ruokolahti 1998, when he got lost on his jogging track. Then the bear defended its cups”.

      The fact that bear is dangerous, is true, but bear is dodging a man. It has very developed sense of smell and due to it a man cannot see bear generally speaking. Another situation in which bear can be dangerous, is when hunters awakes a bear from its hibernation! Also in that case hunters have violated bear’s home peace!🙂 Any one of us would annoyed when after sleeping long winter months and hunger is hard!

      So, You can come here in without any fear and enjoy nature.

      Thank You commenting.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 12, 2012 @ 17:09 | Reply

  15. Very interesting location again… I always wonder where you are going to take us🙂
    It must be a fantastic place to spend some summer holidays… Refreshing water, a lot of green… everything we like !
    Have a lovely weekend Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — February 12, 2012 @ 16:00 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You for Your interest towards my blog and leaving nice comment. Well, I am taking You to Norway and then back to the South, but of course not in the same places. That is totally 14 posts. When continuing to the South of Arctic Circle, then 3 posts more. So, the total number of posts is 17 from our holiday.

      Happy week-end to You.

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

  16. I loved every bit of your adventure..Thank you!

    Comment by Roberta — February 13, 2012 @ 06:03 | Reply

    • Hello Roberta.

      I am glad that You visited Beyond the Arctic Circle and enjoyed it.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2012 @ 09:11 | Reply

  17. As always, the photos are gorgeous. Tana River looks amazing and peaceful and beautiful!

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — February 14, 2012 @ 03:01 | Reply

    • Hi Ducky’s Always Hungry.

      I am glad that You are not disappointed with my photos.🙂 Tana River is peaceful indeed. Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2012 @ 08:04 | Reply

  18. What wild and wonderful countryside this is. So you were just a few metres from Norway? It looks like you could have waded across the water to reach it.

    Comment by Janice — February 14, 2012 @ 16:25 | Reply

    • Hello Janice.

      Thank You. Well, maybe I could have waded across indeed. What comes to Norway, do not worry, because there will be two posts from there.🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 14, 2012 @ 16:55 | Reply

  19. Good evening Matti,
    A very beautiful landscape that encourages travel to. I also liked the video very well. In between, I looked into several blogs, including yours, so I do not miss the connection. Please look into today’s e-mail. We wish you and Anya, afterwards all the best and above all, quite a lot of health for the new year 2012.
    Dear greetings from Christel and Detlev

    Comment by Christel — February 16, 2012 @ 22:46 | Reply

    • Hallo Christel.

      How nice to read that You remembered me. I hope that someday You continue with Your posts. I am waiting for Your email eagerly. Regards from Kemi, from where I came last evening.

      All the good to You and Yours!!!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 18, 2012 @ 08:54 | Reply

  20. I’ve given you a blog award: http://hearttoharp.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/wow-my-first-blog-awards/
    harpingjanet

    Comment by Heart To Harp — February 17, 2012 @ 07:09 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      Oh, thank You. Are You sure that I deserve it? I’ll check Your link soon. I was in the wintry North in Kemi photographing World’s biggest Snow Castle. Photos from it You can see in next December.

      I wish a very lovely day to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 18, 2012 @ 08:57 | Reply


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