Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

January 30, 2018

Winter village / Pueblo de invierno / Village d’hiver / Aldeia de Inverno

In English:

Nallikari winter village for the whole family.

Where? In Oulu, Finland. How fast to get to Oulu from Helsinki? By air 1 hour, by rail about 5 hours and 25 minutas, 8 hours by bus and by car 7 hours. Where exatly in Oulu? Very near the sandy beach of Nallikari. From Oulu city center there is a beautiful walking and cycling route, which passes through the island Pikisaari. Distance from the centre of Oulu is about 4 km / 2.5 mi. This winter village was intended for families and children. Children had possibility to participate in sledge rides with snow mobile, sledge rides with reindeer, sledge rides with huskies, snow tube rides, traditional rotating whipsledge rides etc.

This happening is arranged every winter from February to April. Easy to reach from Helsinki by air in one hour, by rail in six hours and by car in seven hours.

Because whip sledge may be unknown to many, I tell more about it. When I was young boy, I had possibility to ride on it on lake’s ice. On ice, it rotates easily and fast, by one or two persons. My three photos show a young girl riding on it pushed by two adults in the snow. The idea is “similar” which was seen in the James Bond movie Moonraker – centrifuge.

Whip Sledge has been mentioned in our literature in 1956. Definition of whip sledge: Whip sledge is on ice or snow in the periphery of the rotating sledge, which is rotated by man power. Can You imagine how fast it rotates pushed by four adults? After photos, I show a short video (35 seconds). After seeing this small movie, I could say that Finnish style centrifuge on ice and those people are crazy.

En español:

Nallikari pueblo de invierno para toda la familia.

¿Dónde? En Oulu, Finlandia. ¿Cómo rápidamente para llegar a Oulu desde Helsinki? En avión 1 hora, por ferrocarril cerca de 5 horas y 25 minutes, 8 horas en autobús y en carro 7 horas. Más precisamente, ¿dónde en Oulu? Muy cerca de la playa de arena de Nallikari. Desde el centro de la ciudad de Oulu hay una hermosa ruta para caminar y ir de bici, que pasa por la isla Pikisaari. La distancia desde el centro de Oulu es de aproximadamente 4 km / 2.5 mi. Este pueblo de invierno fue destinado para familias y niños. Los niños tenían la posibilidad de participar en paseos en trineo con móvil de nieve, paseos en trineo con renos, paseos en trineo con perros esquimales, paseos en tubo de nieve, paseos en trineo rotatorio tradicionales, etc. Este evento se organiza todos los inviernos de febrero a abril.

Debido a que el trineo látigo puede ser desconocido para muchos, vos explicare sobre ellos más. Cuando era niño, tuve la posibilidad de montarlo en el hielo del lago. En hielo, gira fácil y rápidamente, por una o dos personas. Mis tres fotos muestran a una niña montada empujada por dos adultos en la nieve. La idea es “similar”, que se vio en la película de James Bond, Moonraker, centrífuga.

El trineo látigo ha sido mencionado en nuestra literatura en 1956. Definición de trineo látigo: El trineo látigo está sobre hielo o nieve en la periferia del trineo giratorio, que gira con la fuerza del hombre. ¿Puedes imaginar qué tan rápido gira empujado por cuatro adultos? Después de las fotos, vos muestro un video corto (35 segundos). Después de ver esta pequeña película, podría decir que la centrífuga de estilo finlandés en hielo y esas personas son locas.

En francais:

Nallikari village d’hiver pour toute la famille.

Où? À Oulu, en Finlande. Combien de temps il faudra pour atteindre Oulu de Helsinki? Eh ben, une heure par air, en train environ 5 heures et 25 minutas, 8 heures en bus et en voiture 7 heures. Où à Oulu exactement? Très près de la plage de sable de Nallikari. Du centre-ville d’Oulu, il y a une belle route avec de l’itinéraire de marche et de piste cyclable qui traverse l’île Pikisaari. La distance du centre de Oulu est d’environ 4 km. Ce village d’hiver était destiné aux familles et aux enfants. Les enfants ont eu la possibilité de participer à des promenades en luge avec des motoneiges, des promenades en luge avec des rennes, des promenades en traîneau avec des huskies, des promenades en tube à neige, des tours d’une luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace ‘whip sledge’, etc. Ce happening est organisé chaque hiver de février à avril.

Parce que la luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace peut être inconnu pour beaucoup d’entre vous, je raconterai plus sur ce sujet. Quand j’étais jeune garçon, j’avais la possibilité de tourner sur d’elle sur la glace du lac. Sur la glace, elle tourne facilement et rapidement, par une ou deux personnes. Mes trois photos montrent une jeune fille chevauchée au-dessus de celle-ci qui a été pousseé par deux adultes dans la neige. L’idée est “similaire” qui a été vue dans le film James Bond Moonraker – centrifugeuse.

La luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace a été mentionnée dans notre littérature en 1956. Définition de la luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace: La luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace est sur la glace ou la neige dans la périphérie du traîneau tournant, qui est tournée par la puissance humaine. Pouvez-vous imaginer à quelle vitesse elle tourne poussée par quatre adultes? Après les photos, je vous montre une courte vidéo (35 secondes). Après avoir vu cette courte vidéo, je pourrais dire que la centrifugeuse sur la glace á style finlandais et ces personnes sont fous.

Em Português:

A aldeia de inverno Nallikari para toda a família.

Onde? Em Oulu, na Finlândia. Como rapidamente para chegar para Oulu de Helsínquia? Por via aérea 1 hora, de trem cerca de 5 horas e 25 minutos, de ônibus 8 horas e de carro 7 horas. Mais precisamente, onde em Oulu? Fica muito perto da praia de Nallikari. Do centro de Oulu, há uma bela estrada com percurso a pé e ciclovia que atravessa a Ilha Pikisaari. A distância do centro de Oulu é de cerca de 4 km / 2,5 mi. Esta vila de inverno destinava-se para das famílias e das crianças. As crianças tinham a possibilidade de participar de passeios de trenó com móveis de neve, passeios de trenó com renas, passeios de trenó com cachorros, passeios de tubo de neve, passeios de trenó rotativos tradicionais na neve e no gelo etc. Este acontecimento é organizado a cada inverno de fevereiro a abril.

Porque o trenó do chicote pode ser desconhecido para muitos, vou dizer-vos mais sobre isso. Quando eu era jovem, eu tinha a possibilidade de montar sobre isso no gelo do lago. No gelo, ele gira facilmente e rápido, por uma ou duas pessoas. Minhas três fotos mostram uma jovem que monta sobre ela empurrada por dois adultos na neve. A idéia é “similar” que foi vista no filme James Bond Moonraker – centrífuga.

O trenó do chicote foi mencionado em nossa literatura em 1956. Definição de trenó de chicote: o trenó do chicote está no gelo ou na neve na periferia do trenó giratório, que é girado pelo poder do homem. Você pode imaginar o quão rápido ele gira, pressionado por quatro adultos? Depois de fotos, mostro um pequeno vídeo (35 segundos). Depois de ver este pequeno filme, eu poderia dizer que a centrífuga de estilo finlandês no gelo e essas pessoas são loucas.

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Awesome video / Asombroso video / Vidéo impressionnante / Vídeo incrível

Whip sledge at high speed / Trineo látigo a alta velocidad / Luge traditionnelle tournant sur la glace à haute vitesse / Trenó do chicote em alta velocidade

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102 Comments »

  1. Great fun in the snow

    Comment by 365dniwobiektywielg — January 30, 2018 @ 08:13 | Reply

    • Hello 365dniwobiektywielg.

      Thank You commenting and loving my post. Did You watch the short video? Believe me, it is awesome and funny at same time.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:09 | Reply

  2. Oh. I want to come to Oulo now. I would be out there in the snow playing all day sliding down the slope on the tubes!!

    Comment by Forestwoodfolk — January 30, 2018 @ 09:13 | Reply

    • Hello Amanda.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Well, if You really consider to visit winter Oulu, then best time is on the first Saturday after mid-February, because the there is an unique happening in the world, Reindeer race. It is free for everybody.

      In nearby towns there are much to see, for example snow and ice art.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:17 | Reply

  3. Now I imagine “winter holidays in Oulo” as dreaming!

    Comment by kanaconnie — January 30, 2018 @ 09:25 | Reply

    • Hello Connie.

      I am glad that You loved my post and its photos. Thank You. BTW, did You watch the short video? It is worth for seeing, because it present our habit / culture dating back decades and it is a bit funny also. Thank You.

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:25 | Reply

  4. Beautiful photos in Oulu Matti. I hope I get an opportunity to go there sometime. Only one week now until my little trip to snowy Tampere! Have a good week!

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — January 30, 2018 @ 11:01 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. I hope that You watched the short video! It is awesome and funny at the same time. I wish and I am sure that Your visit to Tampere is successful. Welcome.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:29 | Reply

  5. impressionnante, cette vidéo, ça va très vite! merci matti pour ces jolies photos de jeux! j’aime beaucoup les sculptures; elles sont faites avec de la neige comme le toboggan? je vois qu’il faut porter un casque pour la moto-neige 😉
    merci encore et belle journée!

    Comment by malyloup — January 30, 2018 @ 11:22 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      Merci pour votre gentil commentaire et surtout en regardant la petite vidéo. Ça me réchauffe le coeur. Les sculptures sont faites de neige et de toboggan aussi, oui. Eh bien, les motoneiges vont très lentement et la neige est mou,mais bonne observation!

      Bonne Journée â vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:47 | Reply

      • les casques seraient plus utiles pour la luge! 😉

        Comment by malyloup — January 30, 2018 @ 14:18 | Reply

  6. Every time I am amazed by the wonderful nature of your country. The children seem to be very happy.Have a good day(^^♪

    Comment by wakasahs15th — January 30, 2018 @ 11:39 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      I am very glad that You love my photos and found them beautiful. Thank You. Did You watch the video?

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 12:57 | Reply

  7. Yes, I saw it. The first video was interesting. Both of them seem to have their eyes turning.

    Comment by wakasahs15th — January 30, 2018 @ 13:34 | Reply

    • Thank You. I meant the first video.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2018 @ 13:43 | Reply

  8. Your bright and cheerful images tell the story very well. Tourists coming to Oulu are going to have lots of winter fun.

    Comment by Peter Klopp — January 30, 2018 @ 14:09 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Thank You for Your kind words. Every tourist coming to Finland want to see Helsinki, but I showed that, ” there is life outside Helsinki” also. 🙂

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 08:42 | Reply

  9. Beautiful photos! Snow in the bright sun with the long shadows always looks so beautiful. How cold would it have been when you took these photos?

    I’ve never heard of a whip sledge before. He was really moving! I can imagine that falling off would be a very bad thing!

    Comment by Joanne Sisco — January 30, 2018 @ 14:32 | Reply

    • Hello Joanne.

      I am glad that You visited my post and loved my photos. The temperature was -13℃ / 8.6℉. My wife checked it from our daily diary! 🙂 Thank You for Your kind comment and asking the temperature.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 08:52 | Reply

      • -13C is still pretty chilly. Very pretty though 🙂

        Comment by Joanne Sisco — February 2, 2018 @ 03:27 | Reply

        • Hello Sisco.

          Well, the temperature itself do not tell how cold it feels. In Finland, we are used to check from our phones not only the temperature, but also the real feel. One example: if the temperature is -13 °C and the wind is 5 meters in second, then the real feel is -21.2 °C on the skin.

          Happy upcoming weekend.

          Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2018 @ 10:15 | Reply

          • Yes, I always check the windchill before planning an outdoor activity too. It can make a huge difference.

            Comment by Joanne Sisco — February 2, 2018 @ 14:00 | Reply

            • Very good Joanne. I am glad about it. Happy weekend!

              Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2018 @ 11:01 | Reply

  10. The Winter Village looks like a lot of fun for the entire family. The snow sculptures are beautiful. Snow tubing is popular over here, although we don’t have nearly as much snow as you do. I hadn’t heard of a whip sledge before, and although I find it interesting, I don’t think I would like to try it.

    Comment by seniorhiker — January 30, 2018 @ 15:20 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You for Your kind words. I am glad that You watched the video and thus got an idea about when in action. James Bond, agent007, in the movie Moonraker from 1979 was in a centrifuge, which has the same idea than Whip sledge. Which went faster? 🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 09:42 | Reply

  11. What a fun event! The whip sledge looks pretty crazy – I sent the video to my son the snowboarder.

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — January 30, 2018 @ 15:28 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank You commenting and having interest of the video. I am glad that You loved it.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 09:44 | Reply

  12. Beautiful photos. Love the snow sculptues.

    Comment by equipsblog — January 30, 2018 @ 15:59 | Reply

    • Hello Pat.

      I am glad that You visited my post and loved it. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 09:46 | Reply

  13. bbrrrr! (but “NEET”). your post/experience is quite similar to winter resorts here in Colorado — we were just visiting our son in Steamboat — and put on snowshoes for the first time in two years. however, your post ‘enthusiastically’ demonstrates how much fun and ingrained the “enjoy winter ethic” was on your trip ~

    Comment by betunada — January 30, 2018 @ 17:54 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Thank You. Winter is great time. When it is, man must enjoy about it.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 09:51 | Reply

  14. Gorgeous photos and I loved the video – it seems like a lot of fun.

    Comment by HesterLeyNel — January 30, 2018 @ 17:59 | Reply

    • Hello Hester.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment, I am glad that You loved my photos and the video.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 09:57 | Reply

  15. It looks very fun!!

    Comment by 洋子 — January 30, 2018 @ 18:09 | Reply

    • Hello August.

      I am glad that You loved my post. どうもありがとうございます。

      こんばんは.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 10:45 | Reply

  16. What a gorgeous winter wonderland! I love seeing the reindeer and everyone having such a good time in the snow. Beautiful photos!

    Comment by montucky — January 30, 2018 @ 18:35 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Reindeer rides and other winter fun are “must” when in winter. 🙂 Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 10:48 | Reply

  17. Wow, I can hardly believe that whip sledge! It goes so fast! Thank you for sharing the video, I had no idea what it was. The winter village looks wonderful, and so much fun!
    Have a nice week, Matti.

    Comment by Emily — January 30, 2018 @ 21:15 | Reply

    • Hello Emily.

      Thank You. Maybe next year You can visit there when participating in reindeer race. 🙂 This year winter village it is open between 10th February 2018 – first April 2018.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 10:59 | Reply

  18. Good Lord! After watching the video I must say: they are ex-tre-me-ly fast!! 😀
    Matti, I enjoyed your wonderful photos of the Nallikari winter village so much! The snow, sunshine and blue sky, friendly, bright colours – it’s a dream. And the idea of building such a winter village for the whole family is simply great. Sculptures, the reindeer and the sleighs, the kind of bobsled run or perhaps tube – and of course this very special (high speed) whip sledge! Fantastic!
    Thanks a lot for showing! I immedialty could start to Oulu and Nallikari. ^^
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — January 30, 2018 @ 23:37 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. Winter Finland offers some happening, which are worth for a visit. Maybe You have seen the movie Moonraker from 1979 (007) and seen which trouble he had when being in a centrifuge. Well, which one went faster centrifuge or Whip sledge? LOL.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 11:56 | Reply

  19. Love the sculptures! Oh my but the whip sledding would get me in a green dizzy predicament. Thanks for sharing the fun times.

    Comment by Deb — January 31, 2018 @ 04:09 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank You. Very nice that You checked the whip sledge video. When being Young, I was dizzy after been in a whip sledge. 🙂

      Have a god day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 12:04 | Reply

  20. There is lots to do in the snow, it all looks fun. The whip sledge is rather fast on the video, I would try it slower though!

    Comment by utesmile — January 31, 2018 @ 09:38 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      I am glad that You left Your comment here and loved my photos and the video.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 12:07 | Reply

  21. I’ll pass on the Whip sledge at full speed, that was almost hard to watch. Is this village something that people visit for a day or a weekend?

    Comment by Photography Journal Blog — January 31, 2018 @ 09:51 | Reply

    • Hello Photography Journal Blog.

      This village very near to the town of Oulu is built every winter. This I copied from winter village’s official page: “Open in 2018 between 10.2.-1.4.2018 on Sat-Sun 11-16. Also week 10 every day 11-16.”

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 31, 2018 @ 12:18 | Reply

      • Seems like a lovely winter outing, certainly the children in your photos seemed to be enjoying themselves 🙂

        Comment by Photography Journal Blog — February 1, 2018 @ 09:14 | Reply

        • Hello Photography Journal Blog.

          As sure as fate. 🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2018 @ 10:05 | Reply

  22. The village looks beautiful Matti, and lots of fun and those sculptures are great. That whip sledge goes pretty fast too, you may need a seat belt to strap you in. 😉

    Comment by amindfultravellerblog — January 31, 2018 @ 13:05 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I am glad that You checked the video also.

      Have a wonderful day

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2018 @ 07:56 | Reply

  23. What beautiful winters you have in your country! I am happy for the children (and adults too) who can experience nature in the winter. As always, I love your photos too. All our best wishes 🙂

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — January 31, 2018 @ 18:32 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      There is life also in winter, as You saw. 🙂 Thank You praising my photos.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2018 @ 08:04 | Reply

  24. Hello (^ ^)
    I watched a short video. I think that everyone is enjoying it even in cold weather and it is wonderful.
    The bright expression of children and the friendly expression of reindeer are good.

    Comment by saganhama — February 1, 2018 @ 03:15 | Reply

    • Hello saganhama.

      Winter is beautiful and when there is snow, and sun shines, then both parents and kids have possibility to enjoy fresh air and have fun. Thank You watching the video.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2018 @ 08:09 | Reply

  25. Wow what a beautiful, winter day! Seems like the kids had a lot of fun. We’ve had very little snow here in Poland this winter..

    Comment by Pooja @lostinprettyeurope — February 1, 2018 @ 11:58 | Reply

    • Hello Pooja.

      Thank You. Just now in Helsinki, there is snowstorm. In Oulu, we have 55 cm snow. In Kuusamo, there is 82 cm snow. Winter with snow is here.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 1, 2018 @ 12:07 | Reply

  26. I don’t have children, but if I see these pictures, I would like to come here on holiday and enjoying myself like a child… 😀 😉
    With kind regards, Heidi

    Comment by mariposa — February 1, 2018 @ 20:23 | Reply

    • Hello Heidi.

      After two weeks on Saturday 17th, there is in Oulu unique happening – Reindeer race. It is free for everyone! Participants come from many countries. I have been there twice, which means two posts. Oulu is easy to reach by train in 5 hours and 24 minutes from Helsinki. Next Sunday winter village is open for everybody. Distance from the market square is about three km. If You want more experiences, then take a train from Oulu to Kemi, where is world’s biggest snow castle. Here are collection of my photos from some years: Best Snow Castle photos. Train from Oulu to Kemi takes about one hour. If this is not enough to have winter experience, then take the train from Kemi to Rovaniemi. Trip takes 1 hour and 35 minutes. The Arctic Circle is from Rovaniemi only 8 km. Here is one of my post from there: Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle. Photograph with Santa is must for tourists. If these suggestions is not possible this winter, then next year same places wait for You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2018 @ 08:40 | Reply

      • The reindeer racing is on my birthday February 17th 🙂 Unfortunately I can not be there 😦 We have a difficult time at the moment, because my mom has been in the hospital and rehabilitation center for a few months and I have to undergo surgery again. I hope that it might be possible to go to Finland on a winter holiday next year! Thanks in advance for the invitation! I will certainly talk to my husband about it 🙂 I have already mentioned it but I will have to convince him. Maybe it will work if I show him your pictures 😉
        Best regards, Heidi

        Comment by mariposa — February 2, 2018 @ 17:24 | Reply

        • Congratulations for Your future birthday Heidi. I am sorry for Your mother. I wish you a quick healing for both of you!

          Best regards, Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2018 @ 13:04 | Reply

          • After I posted my comment I saw that I wroted a mistake. That has to be: “because my mom has been in the hospital and rehabilitation center for a few months and she (not I) have to undergo surgery again.” I am fine 🙂

            Best regards, Heidi

            Comment by mariposa — February 3, 2018 @ 19:09 | Reply

            • Hello Heidi.

              How nice it is to hear that you are well. Thank You telling it. Happy Sunday!

              Comment by Sartenada — February 4, 2018 @ 08:54 | Reply

  27. This looks like glorious winter fun. I wish we could wave a magic wand to be there to try all of the activities. We have snow tubing in Canada at many of the ski hills. We love doing it. So hoping one day we find ourselves in Finland. Your blog has certainly inspired us to do so.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — February 2, 2018 @ 05:30 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Thank You for Your kind words. Welcome. If You will come in summer, Finland offers different options for active vacation (biking?) Lapland (northernmost part of Finland) is in its beautiful in autumn, end of August / early September. Examples: North of the Arctic Circle 3 and Cruise on Lake Inari, which is 318 kilometers north of the Arctic cirle. In summer midnight sun is visible everywhere in Lapland. Summer Finland could be distributed into three part. Wildernesses on eastern region. Then there is Lakeland area. We love it, because there are small towns and villages for visits. Examples: Medieval castle of Olavinlinna and World’s biggest wooden church. Lakeland area offers cruises from its towns. This link shows our culture how to live by the Lake Saimaa – small cottages and everyone has own Sauna: Cruise to Rock paintings.
      Southern and western coastline offers beautiful old small towns. For example biking from Oulu to Kotka offers beautiful landscapes and history. Two examples: Naantali and Hanko.

      If You consider really to come someday, then tell, me and I find You interesting sites for Your visit.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2018 @ 10:59 | Reply

      • That is so very kind of you! Definitely if we come I will be in touch long prior to ask for advice around planning. I’m not sure if we would cycle or perhaps rent a car and travel about. Do you think it is possible to rent bikes for a day ride here and there in your country? I’m sure there are many wonderful walks to be done as well as I have seen through your blog. I appreciate your assistance very much.

        Comment by Sue Slaght — February 2, 2018 @ 16:33 | Reply

        • Hello sue. Thank You.

          I think that this site is best to get information about Finland. In Finland, we have good connections between towns (air, rail and bus). Renting car offers to You more possibilities to explore my country. You fly to Rovaniemi from Helsinki (near the Arctic Circle), rent a car there and start exploring easily. We have made thee road trips in the north and love all of them. When in southern Finland, traveling between towns is easy. I quick checked possibilities to rent bikes, nearly in every small town it possible. This official page helps You very much then when it is time to start planning. http://www.visitfinland.com/. One interesting thing to me is to know what You want to see. I have excellent list in my About me page. It tells than choice is huge, because You cannot see / explore in one visit.

          Do You know how our Arctic fells were born? They are extremely old. Here is translation from Finnish page:

          Arctic fells

          Here is evidence from our day hike:

          North of Arctic Circle 11 .

          Happy weekend.

          Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2018 @ 12:59 | Reply

          • Thank you for these links and all of your helpful advice. Great to know about the rental cars and bikes too! I will save this information for time ahead when we might make such a trip. Thank you!

            Comment by Sue Slaght — February 4, 2018 @ 16:29 | Reply

  28. What a lot of fun everyone is having in your photos. It all looks great.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — February 2, 2018 @ 10:32 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      How glad I am when reading that You loved my post. Thank You.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 2, 2018 @ 12:22 | Reply

  29. My favorite photo is crawler bike.
    かっこいい!(groovy!)

    Comment by キース — February 3, 2018 @ 09:02 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Excellent choice! コメントありがとうございます。

      幸せな週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 3, 2018 @ 13:07 | Reply

  30. If everything is going ok, next June with my son’s godfather I’ll go to Nortkapp! I’m excited to travel by car (an oldtimer 1980) for two weeks in Scandinavia…
    From Nortkapp Norway, we are then traveling to Utsjoki, Rovaniemi, Kokkola (Rauma) and Turku before taking the ferry to Stockholm.
    I will visit your beautiful land!
    Have a lovely weekend :-)claudine

    Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — February 5, 2018 @ 21:43 | Reply

    • Hello Claudine.

      Wow. We are glad when reading your comment. Sounds great! We drove to Nordkapp from Finland some years ago and can say that it is fantastic trip. Our road trip to feed Your imagination:

      Road trip to Nordkapp

      Is it okay, if I give some highlights on Your trip from Rovaniemi to Turku? There are some places where to stop, not to pass by.

      Thank You. Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 6, 2018 @ 08:49 | Reply

      • Of corse, please, I’ll be very happy to receive some hints and tips… It’s very kind of you, thank you very much. You may write at my e-mail address: claudine.Giovannoni@ticino.com
        See you around :-)claudine

        Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — February 6, 2018 @ 09:36 | Reply

        • Hello Claudine.

          The joy is on our side. I will write You and collect information about some cool places where to stop and how to find them easily.

          Best regards. Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — February 6, 2018 @ 09:51 | Reply

  31. Splendid winter activities,interesting info!Whip sledge must be fun.Your fascinating photos made me feel as if I were there.Btw,I was thinking of you the other day and yesterday as I read that it was the day you honour Finland’s National Poet,Johan Runeberg and on the 6th of Feb,- it was Sàmi National Holiday.Hope you enjoyed both.Have a nice day.

    Comment by DG MARYOGA — February 7, 2018 @ 15:13 | Reply

    • Hello Doda.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. I know Runeberg and Sámi. I have to confess, that Runeberg is to me more known Sami people. I love very much Lapland where Sami people live, but in practice, I see them very seldom. Sigh.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 8, 2018 @ 12:07 | Reply

      • My pleasure,dear Matti 🙂 Thank you for your informative response.I usually appreciate a country more when I know a few things about their culture and their heritage,Have a spendid winter day 🙂

        Comment by DG MARYOGA — February 8, 2018 @ 13:55 | Reply

  32. Thanks for the views of your beautiful part of the world.

    Comment by Lignum Draco — February 9, 2018 @ 12:20 | Reply

    • Hello Lignum Draco.

      Thank You visiting my post and commenting.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2018 @ 08:33 | Reply

  33. Oh, que chulada !!! Menuda diversión tan guay, aunque fresquita. Con el movimiento se entra en calor y si el paisaje es tan bonito, merece la pena.
    Fotos estupendas, como siempre Matti.
    Saludos !!!

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — February 15, 2018 @ 17:15 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras, me dan mucho ánimo. Nos encanta que los niños puedan disfrutar de oportunidades de invierno y diversión.

      Feliz fin de semana!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2018 @ 09:39 | Reply

      • Los niños y los mayores Matti, que al final somos niños grandes.
        Feliz finde !!!

        Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — February 16, 2018 @ 13:33 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras, me dan mucho ánimo. Nos encanta que los niños puedan disfrutar de oportunidades de invierno y diversión.

      Feliz fin de semana!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 16, 2018 @ 09:39 | Reply

  34. Very nice photos with such beautiful, white snow. I love to see the animals, too. What was the temperature that day? Everyone looked quite comfortable.

    Comment by karenincalabria — February 19, 2018 @ 20:29 | Reply

    • Hello karenincalabria.

      Thank you for Your praising comment. It warmed my heart. Temperature are -10℃, which meant that excellent winter day!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 20, 2018 @ 08:21 | Reply


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