Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

March 16, 2012

Beyond the Arctic Circle 11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico 11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique 11

In English:

On the way from Kirkenes, Norway to Saariselkä, Finland with a stop in Inari.

When leaving Kirkenes, we headed to Saariselkä via Inari (266 kilometers / 165 miles). I had big expectations for this route, which runs alongside the Lake Inari in many places. The route was disappointment, because there were only few places where to admire the Lake Inari; the route map promised more than in real life. There was mainly a wilderness on both side of the road.

Anyway I found something to photograph. Last photos are showing again some beautiful carved bears in Inari which we found in front of one market. After a break we continued to Saariselkä which is a popular tourist destination. More from Saariselkä in my next post.

En español:

Desde Kirkenes, Noruega a Saariselkä, Finlandia.

Al salir de Kirkenes, nos dirigimos vía Inari a Saariselkä (266 kilómetros / millas 165). Tenía grandes expectativas para esta ruta, que bordea el Lago Inari, en muchos lugares. La ruta me fue la decepción, porque había pocos lugares donde se puede admirar el lago Inari, el mapa de la ruta prometida más que en la vida real. Era principalmente un desierto a ambos lados de la carretera.

De todas formas encontré algo que fotografiar. Últimas fotos muestran a Ustedes una vez más algunos osos hermosos tallados en madera en Inari que encontramos frente a un mercado. después de una pausa continuamos a Saariselkä que es el lugar turístico muy popular. Más de Saariselkä, en mi próximo post.

En francais:

De Kirkenes, en Norvège à Saariselkä, Finlande..

En quittant Kirkenes, nous dirigions à Saariselkä via Inari (266 km / 165 miles). J’ai eu de grandes attentes á cette route, qui va à côté du Lac Inari en de nombreux endroits. La route était une déception pour moi, car il n’y avait que peu d’endroits où admirer le lac Inari, la carte de route a promis plus que dans la vraie vie. Il y avait principalement un désert sur les deux côtés de la route.

Toute façon j’ai trouvé quelque chose à photographier. Dernières photos vous montrent à nouveau quelques beauxs ours sculptées en bois à Inari où nous les avons trouvés en face d’un marché. Après une pause nous avons continué à Saariselkä, qui est une destination touristique populaire. Plus de Saariselkä dans mon prochain post.

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Beyond the Arctic Circle11 / Más allá del Círculo Polar Ártico11 / Au-delà du Cercle arctique11

Part 10 / parte 10
Part 12 / parte 12

32 Comments »

  1. You are correct when you say wilderness………but as usual with all your photographs you capture the beauty

    Comment by Sean Fraser — March 16, 2012 @ 10:33 | Reply

    • Hello Sean.

      I think that to be honest for my readers, it is time to show that all is not as beautiful as in “fairy tale” countries. Yes, this area is wilderness indeed. There was not so much to present, but anyhow I did find something. To me photos from stone fields are great.

      All six remaining posts are presenting interesting things, landscapes, hiking trails and something from our near history. Three beyond the Arctic Circle and three from South of the Arctic Circle. Maybe they are best from our car trip, who knows.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2012 @ 11:24 | Reply

  2. I really like the water shots with the reeds sticking up into shapes…like triangles etc.

    Comment by Travel Spirit — March 16, 2012 @ 13:30 | Reply

    • Hello Sherry.

      How glad I am that You liked my post finding something…

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2012 @ 13:38 | Reply

  3. You got beautiful pictures of the lake when you could see it. The reflections you captured in the water are marvelous. The area definitely qualifies as a wilderness, but the trees had some fantastic shapes, with branches going every way.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 16, 2012 @ 16:13 | Reply

    • Hello George

      I agree with You with photos from the lake. In Lapland some trees are dying upright and the tree I photographed looked from me quite special.

      Thank You commenting. Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2012 @ 16:20 | Reply

  4. I love the photos! And I was especially pleased to see Lake Inari. When I was younger, I used to do the German crossword puzzles with my dad’s help and one of the oft repeated questions was “Lake in Finland.” I got used to writing “INARI” in the spaces, but I had never seen an actual photo of it, so this is a special connection for me. I’m so happy to see these photos. I wonder if the fishing is good there. It looks like a trout lake.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 16, 2012 @ 17:56 | Reply

    • Hello Anneli.

      Thank You for Your comment. What a coincidence! My wife has been learning German during many, many years and she is filling German crossword puzzles yet today. Every time when we visit in Helsinki she buys “Freizeit Revue” in which there are plenty of crosswords and they are not easy to solve. General knowledge of our planet must be at quite high level to solve them. If I cannot help her, then she is looking answer from a huge crossword puzzle book which we bought from Frankfurt.

      I am very happy that my post gave to You a possibility to take a look at lake Inari.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2012 @ 08:55 | Reply

      • Yes, it was a little special thing, seeing that lake. It brought back so many memories and associations. How interesting that your wife does these same crossword puzzles. The funny thing is that they’re in German and yet they’re called Schwedenraetsel, and I believe you’re Finnish, right? Anyway, thanks for the post.

        Comment by wordsfromanneli — March 17, 2012 @ 18:16 | Reply

        • Hi Anneli.

          Here is the link to

          Freizeit Revue.

          It is magazine published once a week. My wife has been learning German more than 15 years. She is listening to it while driving, when at computer, she has at background some German station and of course she has weekly German course.

          I am learning French, not exactly same way, because I am reading books in French. My language exercises began in 1975 when I bought first French book in Paris. Now I have them about 1500 and I have read them thrice. Last summer I started fourth tour to read them. Yes, I am Finnish as my wife, but maybe not just ordinary family, I think.

          Happy Saturday evening!

          Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2012 @ 19:15 | Reply

  5. Beautiful photos. I love the bear carvings 🙂 Judy

    Comment by Northern Narratives — March 16, 2012 @ 18:14 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      Thank You. I am glad that You noticed my favorite art – carved bears.

      Have a lovely day!

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

  6. That’s a disappointment that there weren’t more places along the lake that you could stop and get good pictures. The lake is beautiful though, very peaceful

    Comment by Ducky's Always Hungry — March 16, 2012 @ 18:53 | Reply

    • Hello Alisa.

      Well, it happens sometimes. Lake Inari is beautiful indeed, although it is so far in the North.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2012 @ 09:00 | Reply

  7. Your photos show what’s there and for those of us who have never seen it, they are wonderful! Of course I love to see the bears: these are exceptionally nice! I liked the Heritage House too and those photos of the forest!

    Comment by montucky — March 18, 2012 @ 03:33 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Your words made my mind so glad. Before publishing this post, I thought that this is the worst part of our trip and is it worth to publish it. You made my day!

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 18, 2012 @ 09:07 | Reply

  8. I’m impressed by these trees… they are really gorgeous ! A very nice series again !
    Have a lovely sunday Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — March 18, 2012 @ 15:33 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      So nice to read that You liked them. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy Sunday evening!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 18, 2012 @ 18:06 | Reply

  9. I loved the photos of the trees with their arms reaching up to the sky. And the rocks strewn across the ground. So very striking. The lake is beautiful. You found beauty, and I’m glad you shared it.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — March 20, 2012 @ 03:50 | Reply

  10. Hello Janet.

    Oh, thank You. I start slowly after many positive comments to understand that there was something to see in my post.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2012 @ 08:50 | Reply

  11. En ocasiones se ve un paisaje lunar y desértico, pero tiene su encanto. Saludos desde España

    Comment by trapatroles — March 21, 2012 @ 00:52 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles!

      Gracias, es un gran placer tener tus comentarios! Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos.

      ¡Que tengan un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 21, 2012 @ 15:38 | Reply

  12. What a beautiful place! Hard to pick a favorite in this group–love the water shots and also the twisted, sculpture -like dead trees.

    Comment by kateri — March 22, 2012 @ 04:35 | Reply

    • Hello Kateri.

      I am glad when You visited my blog and left Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2012 @ 08:13 | Reply

  13. I think those views of the lake were worth the wait – especially image 17 with that vast sky and the perfect reflection in the water.

    Comment by Janice — March 22, 2012 @ 21:41 | Reply

    • Hi Janice.

      Very nice to read that You liked this Northern lake. The place where I took this photo was near to where we enjoyed again our “morning coffee” and stretched our legs by walking a little.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2012 @ 08:14 | Reply

  14. Matti! What are you talking about? The scenery is spectacular; its browns and the grays, most appealing.

    Why are a couple of the bears holding the stainless-steel dish, or whatever it is?

    And the two-story abandoned house? The stories it could tell, eh?

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — April 9, 2012 @ 18:54 | Reply

    • Hi Deli.

      Thank You asking from those stainless-steel dishes. They are ashtrays with covers. Well, not so beautiful, but much more efficiency if people throw away their butts of a cigarette on the street.

      The abandoned house could maybe tell stories about unemployment and poverty. More likely is, that its residents moved to the South to some town / city to get a “broader bread” and to get something on the bread (to get something else than the upper lip on top of bread).

      Thank You for visit and comment with questions.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 10, 2012 @ 07:28 | Reply

  15. Matti, beautiful as all the other pictures you have shown till now. that tree i like a lot, very interesting. and the reflections in the water , a good photographer are you🙂

    Comment by gogolinchensonja — June 10, 2012 @ 19:48 | Reply

    • Hi Sonja.

      How nice to read that You liked my photos.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 06:32 | Reply

  16. Parece que esta entrada me la había perdido…
    Me gusto’ todo pero esos espejos de agua…no los olvidare’ !…………

    Comment by 76sanfermo — May 22, 2014 @ 15:20 | Reply

    • Hola Anna.

      Muchas gracias. Este post fue la parte 11 de nuestro viaje en 2011. En esta serie nos fuimos en el centro de Finlandia hasta el punto situado más al norte de Finlandia y Europa. También visitamos Noruega que presenté en 3 posts de esta serie.

      Buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 22, 2014 @ 15:27 | Reply


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