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March 12, 2019

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

In English:

Winter fun for children

Where? In Oulu. Where in Oulu? At the market square. When? On first Sunday after mid-February. How fast to get to Oulu from Helsinki? By air 1 hour, by rail about 5 hours and 25 minutes, 8 hours by bus and by car 7 – 8 hours, depending on Yours stops. This time I let my photos to talk.

En español:

Diversión de invierno para niños

¿Dónde? En Oulu. ¿Dónde en Oulu? En la plaza del mercado. ¿Cuando? El primer sábado después de mediados de febrero. ¿Qué tan rápido para llegar a Oulu desde Helsinki? En avión 1 hora, en tren aproximadamente 5 horas y 25 minutos, 8 horas en autobús y en automóvil de 7 a 8 horas, dependiendo de sus paradas. Esta vez dejé que mis fotos hablaban.

En francais:

Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants

Où? À Oulu. Où à Oulu? Sur la place du marché. Quand? Le premier samedi après la mi-février. Comment se rendre à Oulu depuis Helsinki? En avion 1 heure, en train environ 5 heures et 25 minutes, 8 heures en bus et en voiture 7 à 8 heures, selon vos arrêts. Cette fois, je laisse mes photos parler.

Em Português:

Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Onde? Em Oulu. Onde em Oulu? Na praça do mercado. Quando? No primeiro sábado depois de meados de fevereiro. Como rápido para chegar a Oulu de Helsinki? De avião 1 hora, por via ferroviária cerca de 5 horas e 25 minutos, 8 horas de ônibus e de carro de 7 a 8 horas, dependendo de suas paradas. Desta vez, deixei deixo que as minhas fotos falam.

Winter fun for children 2 / Diversión de invierno para niños 2 / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants 2 / Divertimento do inverno para crianças 2

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d'hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

Winter fun for children / Diversión de invierno para niños / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants / Divertimento do inverno para crianças

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Winter fun for children 1 / Diversión de invierno para niños 1 / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants 1 / Divertimento do inverno para crianças 1

Winter fun for children 2 / Diversión de invierno para niños 2 / Plaisirs d’hiver pour les enfants 2 / Divertimento do inverno para crianças 2 /

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  1. It’s always a pleasure to see your photos. Especially the ones of the reindeer. I would love to see on in real life one day. Have a great week Matti 🙂

    Comment by a mindful traveler — March 12, 2019 @ 07:56 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle.

      Thank You commenting so nicely. You can meet these reindeers only when there is a winter festival in Oulu. Normally on the first weekend after mid-February. Otherwise on the Arctic Circle nearby the town called Rovaniemi during winter. My post will come later.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 09:05 | Reply

  2. Gorgeous photos Matti, I just love seeing the reindeer they are so photogenic. I really must make a visit to Oulu next time I’m in Finland.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — March 12, 2019 @ 08:56 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      Very good. Meeting reindeers in winter and early spring, then You must travel to the Arctic Circle, which is near to the town of Rovaniemi. Oulu gets these reindeers only when there are winter festivals on the first weekend after mid-February. Thank You commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 09:12 | Reply

  3. It is so lovely that they have such great ideas for children to have fun…. I like that scooter like ski thing, I would love to try that really !

    Comment by utesmile — March 12, 2019 @ 09:26 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank You commenting. It is a modern version of kicksled or spark. I had one when being young boy. My Saku dog had a harness and it pulled me – fast. 🙂 At that time our roads were snowy!

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 09:34 | Reply

  4. Some of that looks like fun for grownups too. Lovely photos as ever!

    Comment by Stella — March 12, 2019 @ 09:27 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      To visit this winter festival, is also a great fun for adults and families. We love it and that is why I shot so many pics. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 09:39 | Reply

  5. Hello! It looks like the kids are having fun with snow. If Japanese children have the opportunity to play with reindeers, they will be most pleased. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — March 12, 2019 @ 09:50 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      I am glad that You visited my post and loved my photos showing winter festival in Oulu. Everyone loves reindeers, because they are cute animals. They roam free on our Arctic Fell, when hiking there: 🙂 Thank You commenting.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 09:54 | Reply

  6. oh des trottinettes sur patins! c’est génial, je n’en avais jamais vues! les traîneaux, les glissages, que de jeux et de joie pour petits et grands!
    joli partage de bonne humeur, merci Matti
    bises et belle journée

    Comment by malyloup — March 12, 2019 @ 11:00 | Reply

    • je veux dire que je n’ai jamais vues ces trottinettes en france mais peut-être qu’elles existent dans les stations de ski françaises 😉

      Comment by malyloup — March 12, 2019 @ 11:03 | Reply

    • Coucou Maly.

      Bounjour. Voici un lien vers Wikipedia:

      Voici un lien vers Wikipedia

      https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trottinette_des_neiges

      J’avais un chien, appelé Saku, qui avait tiré ma trottinette des neiges. Phote de Saku at moi:

      Saku et moi

      Je suis content que tu aies aimé mes photos. Merci.

      Bonne journée et bises,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 12:22 | Reply

      • oh vous êtes magnifiques tous les deux! merci matti! c’était un berger allemand?

        Comment by malyloup — March 12, 2019 @ 13:15 | Reply

        • Merci Maly.

          C’était un mélange de Chien d’ours de Carélie et Spitz finlandais. Il m’a aimé, comme tu peux le voir sur la photo. 🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 13:29 | Reply

          • un beau métissage de chiens différents! nous avons eu un chien, Rafale, issu d’un croisement entre une rottweiler et un labrador noir: il était magnifique et nous l’avons eu pendant 15 ans 🙂

            Comment by malyloup — March 12, 2019 @ 13:46 | Reply

  7. Hello Matti,
    It is wonderful to see children enjoy the beautiful winter in this beautiful town Oulu. It seems also a great opportunity for children and adults to appreciate nature 🙂

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — March 12, 2019 @ 11:47 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      I am glad that You enjoyed my photos of winter fun for families. To me shooting these photos was a great joy also. Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 12:38 | Reply

  8. Precioso Matti.
    Llego tarde para Febrero 2019, esperemos poder verlo en directo otro Febrero.
    Feliz Semana. !!!

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — March 12, 2019 @ 12:12 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      Sería bueno si algún día pudieras visitar Oulu o el Círculo Polar Ártico en invierno. Estoy seguro de que todo sería maravilloso para ti. Muchas gracias.

      Ten un día maravilloso

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 12:42 | Reply

      • Hola Matti, desde que veo tus maravillosas fotos ya lo he pensado más de una vez.
        Creo que ya se está colocando en mi “bucket list”.
        Feliz día, para tí también.

        Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — March 12, 2019 @ 13:11 | Reply

  9. How wonderful to see so many families making the most of winter, Matti! It’s a real treat to see the reindeer “up close” though your photos (especially their wide feet, which fascinate me). But I think my favorite photo of this set is that of the child in the yellow snowsuit with panda bears on it. The smile on that little face says it all! Thank you for inviting us to travel with you.

    Comment by Heide — March 12, 2019 @ 12:58 | Reply

    • Hello Heide.

      I am very glad that You visited my blog and left Your praising comment. Yes, this child knows how to take pleasure out of winter joy and how to enjoy it. This winter festival continued for adults, because everyone could participate in a reindeer race, which is free. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 12, 2019 @ 13:21 | Reply

  10. The first reindeer looks like it might be wondering if it will be a sled robe in the future…Nice fun photos!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — March 12, 2019 @ 15:32 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn,

      Well, yes so it maybe… I am glad that You commented and loved my photos. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 07:43 | Reply

  11. A winter wonderland for children like in a fairy tale!

    Comment by Peter Klopp — March 12, 2019 @ 15:44 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      Real winter wonderland for children indeed. After these reindeer rides it was time for reindeer races, which are open for everybody and they are free? Thank You commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 07:47 | Reply

  12. This looks like a lot of fun for children of all ages. The smile on the face of one of the children on a sled is adorable.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 12, 2019 @ 15:52 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Happy smile on the lips – we adults need it also! Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 08:00 | Reply

  13. Lovely photos, Matti! It’s almost like being there myself. I’m determined to see reindeer before we leave Finland. In the mean time, thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Emily — March 12, 2019 @ 16:30 | Reply

    • Hello Emily.

      Wise words Emily. Most easily You can meet them at the Arctic Circle. Take a plane and fly to Rovaniemi (1-hour and 20 min.) Take a taxi to the Arctic Circle. Spend a night in Santa Clause Holiday village. There are many kinds of possibilities to spend a night. Here is one link:

      https://santaclausvillage.info/accommodation/

      Some years ago, we were there one night when ending our road trip far beyond the Arctic Circle and returning to our home. They are well equipped. Another possibility is to take a night train and spend a night in a cabin, but it takes long time.

      Photo with Santa and reindeer ride are must. I have shown the Arctic Circle in my many posts and I will post one in one month. Visiting Eleanor Roosevelt’s log cabin at the Arctic Circle is must for You. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) visited there in 1950 and she was the wife of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945). I show inside photos of this modest cottage, but it is historic. Best time to get winter / snow experience there is between mid-January and the beginning of April. This period guaranties snow and reindeers. Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 08:23 | Reply

      • Matti, you are a wealth of information! I did not know Eleanor Roosevelt had a cabin in the arctic circle. Now I really must visit! Knowing the best time to go (recommended by a Finn) is incredibly helpful. I know Santa’s village is always booked around Christmas, and I’m terrible at planning far in advance, but January-April sounds reasonable. Is it possible to see the northern lights then as well?

        Comment by Emily — March 13, 2019 @ 10:19 | Reply

        • Hi Emily.

          To see them is possible, but the weather is something that cannot be predicted. Many times weather prophets fail, I have noticed. I remember when they promised warm and sunny weather to the eastern part in middle of Finland. Okay, I drove 500 km and weather was poor. Then they said in radio that the western coast will be warm and sunny. I drove to Oulu and the rain was so heavy there that people said in hotel, that it has not rained so much for years. After this case, I am sceptic to the weather forecasts. Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 11:01 | Reply

  14. Great photos! Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Mz&Cho — March 12, 2019 @ 16:47 | Reply

    • Hello Mz&Cho.

      Thank You praising my photos. I am glad that You loved them.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 08:34 | Reply

  15. Que bonitos son los trineos! -Rebecca

    Comment by fakeflamenco — March 12, 2019 @ 17:38 | Reply

    • Hola Rebecca.

      Soy yo la que te da las gracias por tus amables palabras.

      ¡Tenga un buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 08:39 | Reply

  16. This looks like so much fun. My kids would have loved this when they were little. Here in Arizona today it is a grey day with some rain but mostly it has been sunny and warm this past week. Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing.

    Comment by ourlittleredhouseblog — March 12, 2019 @ 18:21 | Reply

    • Hello ourlittleredhouseblog.

      Thank You leaving your nice comment. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:19 | Reply

  17. Reindeer and kids are so lovely.

    Comment by 洋子 — March 12, 2019 @ 18:58 | Reply

    • Hello 洋子.

      Thank You praising my post.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:28 | Reply

  18. Matti, wonderful photos of children having fun in the snow. Reminds me of snowbound Maine winters as a kid. We loved it! 🎶☃️ Christine

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — March 12, 2019 @ 21:08 | Reply

    • Hello Christine.

      Thank You. How nice to read that my photos reminded You of Your childhood. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:31 | Reply

  19. It does look like everyone was having fun in the snow. So many reindeer too!

    Comment by the eternal traveller — March 12, 2019 @ 22:40 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      When having winter fun, You do not notice, if it is cold or not. 🙂 Thank You leaving Your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:41 | Reply

      • Our average maximum winter temperatures are usually between 15 and 17 degrees C and it rarely goes below 0 for a minimum. I think we would feel the cold, snow and ice even if we were enjoying ourselves. I would like to experience it one day.

        Comment by the eternal traveller — March 13, 2019 @ 22:16 | Reply

        • Hello Carol.

          I understand this very well, Winter fun for adults will follow in my next post. It is reindeer race which is open for everybody and it is free.

          Have a wonderful day!

          Comment by Sartenada — March 14, 2019 @ 07:41 | Reply

  20. Right out of a fairytale…

    Comment by Timothy — March 13, 2019 @ 01:31 | Reply

    • Hello Timothy.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:45 | Reply

  21. That looks like fun for children of all ages! The Reindeer are so beautiful!

    Comment by montucky — March 13, 2019 @ 05:19 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      How nice to read that You loved my photos! Reindeers cute and human friendly animals. We do love them. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:49 | Reply

  22. Your wonderful photography beings Oulu to life. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by Welcome to Wales — March 13, 2019 @ 09:55 | Reply

    • Hello Elisabeth.

      Thank You praising my photos. I am glad that You loved them and left Your comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 09:59 | Reply

  23. Sartenada, Good evening. Oulu
    This is the name of the first city to hear.
    Finland. The snow scene seems to be cold, but the scenery which is not in Asia Japan is seen and it is fresh!
    (^ ^)/ Thank you always ^ ^

    Comment by ❤ちえたん — March 13, 2019 @ 12:16 | Reply

    • Hello Tietan.

      I am glad that You left Your kind comment. When winter, then it is time to enjoy snow and reindeer rides. 🙂 Thank You.

      すばらしい日を過してください

      Comment by Sartenada — March 13, 2019 @ 12:20 | Reply

  24. Hello (^^)
    It seems that Oulu’s children survive the winter cold well without losing the cold.
    I thought children were attracted to the kind eyes of reindeer.

    Have a naice day!

    Comment by saganhama — March 13, 2019 @ 14:25 | Reply

    • Hello saganhama.

      Very kind words! Well said, I love it. This happening in Oulu is popular there, but it is a pity that they do not advertise it generally in the whole country. I have tried to give information about it during the years in my blog. Thank You.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 14, 2019 @ 07:38 | Reply

  25. I didn’t know that reindeer could have white fur until I looked at your photos.

    Comment by Michelle Cole — March 14, 2019 @ 00:39 | Reply

    • Hello Michelle.

      The white color is for many animals that live in snow-covered areas is a protective color. For example, rabbits are white in winter. In general, the color of the reindeer varies from white to multicolored. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 14, 2019 @ 07:49 | Reply

  26. Hello! It’s a great reindeer! You went out. Is a sleigh comfortable to ride? The children are very happy. I also want to play with you.
    Have a nice day.

    Comment by tiara — March 14, 2019 @ 06:21 | Reply

    • Hello Tiara.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. in Next post I present photos of reindeer races from 2018, which are open for everybody. Those races are also free of charge. This year, I had possibility to participate in it. The feeling was awesome.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 14, 2019 @ 07:54 | Reply

  27. Love the reindeer photos! They look like such gentle characters. When I lived in Alaska and was leading wilderness treks into remote area, the caribou would come bouncing up to us, curious as all get to and not a bit scared. –Curt

    Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 14, 2019 @ 19:52 | Reply

    • Hello Curt.

      Thank You leaving interesting comment. Alaska – it is my dream to visit there one day. I have “been” in Anchorage in 70s, when our air plane, on the way from Tokyo to Copenhagen, made a technical stopover there. I remember well, the big mountain which was visible, when our plane took off. Now I do not remember its name.

      Reindeers are semi-domesticated and they can be met everywhere when hiking on our Arctic fells. In fact, they dodge from humans when encountered. This winter’s reindeer race showed that they have feelings as us. I shot a photo in which a reindeer “kisses” its owner.

      Happy upcoming weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2019 @ 08:10 | Reply

      • I had some cousins living in Alaska in the 50s and 60s but didn’t make it up there until the early 80s where I worked out of Anchorage. The mountain you saw would have been Mt. Denali (Mt. McKinley at the time), the highest mountain in North America, Sartenada.
        Fun on the reindeer kiss. Thanks. Enjoy your weekend as well. –Curt

        Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 15, 2019 @ 16:51 | Reply

        • Hello Curt.

          Thank You clarifying the name of that mountain Mt. McKinley. I searched and search the name but I did not find. When You mentioned it, I remembered it immediately. I also remembered the year, it was 1970. Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2019 @ 08:44 | Reply

          • That was a while ago, Matti. Mt. McKinley was named after a not-so impressive American President who was responsible for the purchase of Alaska from Russia. The new name, Mt. Denali, is derived from the native name for the mountain, and I think much more appropriate. The National Park where Mt. Denali is located is also named Denali. I have backpacked in the park and one year I organized a cross country ski trek into the park where we camped out in 30 degrees F below freezing. It was a bit cold. 🙂

            Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 19, 2019 @ 20:37 | Reply

            • Hello Curt.

              Thank You telling about Denali. In Finland we know very well this purchase. Also, we know many U.S. presidents. There is most probably one thing which You do not know about a certain president’s wife who visited the Arctic Circle in Finland. I have one post in which I mentioned about her, but in next month, I will tell more and show some inside photos.

              In this post, I mentioned her for the first time:

              Roosevelt log Cabin

              Have a good day,
              Matti.

              Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2019 @ 08:16 | Reply

              • Eleanor Roosevelt was the most impressive first lady the nation has ever had, at least from my perspective, Matti. Thanks for sharing. –Curt

                Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 20, 2019 @ 20:36 | Reply

                • Hello Curt.

                  Thank You leaving Your kind words. In my country we have had in our TV “History: First Women”. It was a documentary in four parts introducing the first women in the United States and the way they left the White House and beyond. It was awesome and very interesting.

                  Regards,
                  Matti

                  Comment by Sartenada — March 21, 2019 @ 07:48 | Reply

                  • In some ways, Matti, being the “First Women” provides an incredible opportunity to do good and make a difference for those women so inclined. –Curt

                    Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 21, 2019 @ 18:35 | Reply

                    • Yup, I understand. Thank You. Matti

                      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2019 @ 07:39

  28. What delightful photos!
    The Kick spark sleds are interesting, I haven’t seen something like that before.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — March 14, 2019 @ 22:36 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Oh, I thought that it is wide spread in those countries where is snow! Thank You commenting.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 15, 2019 @ 08:14 | Reply

  29. Delightful to see to children ,adults playing together ,enjoying a beautiful day!

    Comment by Deb — March 15, 2019 @ 15:36 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      I am very glad that You loved my post. This shows that winter is not dull at all. 🙂 Thank you.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2019 @ 08:34 | Reply

  30. Wao! Good photos!
    great reindeer! I feel finland.
    Thank you!

    Comment by キース — March 16, 2019 @ 08:03 | Reply

    • Hello キース.

      How nice to read Your kind comment, that You loved my photos! Reindeers are cute animals in the nature also. When hiking in the north on some of our Arctic fells, then we meet them, because they roam free there.

      コメントありがとうございます

      よい週末を

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2019 @ 09:13 | Reply

  31. Winter fun for adults too. I’d love to take a reindeer ride!

    Comment by rivergirl1211 — March 16, 2019 @ 13:35 | Reply

    • Hello rivergirl1211.

      I am glad that You loved post and its photos. Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your kind comment. To have a reindeer ride, You can do it every winter from January to the April. Best time is February. This the place:

      a href=”https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/arctic-circle-in-winter-circulo-polar-artico-en-invierno-cercle-arctique-en-hiver/”>Santa Claus Village at the Arctic Circle

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 17, 2019 @ 08:09 | Reply

  32. Maravillosas fotografías. Mi nieto Iker, de seis años, disfrutaría mucho con la nieve y los renos. Me ha encantado.
    Un abrazo.

    Comment by Estrella RF — March 17, 2019 @ 18:47 | Reply

  33. Looks like lots of fun! Great pictures

    Comment by Ann — March 19, 2019 @ 19:56 | Reply

    • Hello Ann.

      Great fun yes, for kids and all families. Thank You commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2019 @ 08:17 | Reply

  34. Bundled up, it looks like the whole family has lots of fun and doesn’t mind the very cold weather.

    Comment by Karen — March 21, 2019 @ 21:03 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Cold is only matter of clothes! This happening to participate in reindeer rides is hold every winter. The town of Oulu thinks families and kids especially when arranging this possibility for winter fun. Thank You commenting.

      Happy upcoming weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2019 @ 07:43 | Reply

  35. I thoroughly enjoyed these festive photos of the Finland winter scene, Matti, thank you so much. It is fascinating to see so much outdoor activity in these cold conditions that you are all so accustomed to, enjoyed looking at what you wear to stay warm, and the social gathering, the snow toys used. Especially loved seeing the reindeer.

    Comment by Jet Eliot — March 24, 2019 @ 17:35 | Reply

    • Hello Jet.

      Thank You. Being sharp-eyed, You have noticed which kind of winter clothes we use. The main idea is clothing in layers and one of the most important is windproof cloths. That’s it. What about winter shoes. We prefer warm boots. Ours are warm even in the very cold weather.

      Happy new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 25, 2019 @ 07:37 | Reply

  36. Bonjour.
    Fameuses découvertes pour moi car j’ignorais qu’il y avait des courses de rennes pour petits et grands.Tout le monde a l’air de bien s’amuser en tout cas.Les balades sous forme de “petits trains” doivent être bien agréables.Vos photos sont superbes.
    A propos des rennes,ont-ils différentes couleurs de pelage ou est-ce une question d’âge?Je n’ai jamais vu des blancs mais ils semblent plus jeunes.Ces animaux sont d’une beauté extraordinaire et ne semblent guère farouches.Il y en a un qui a dû se bagarrer car il lui manque un bois. 😀
    Les enfants s’en donnent à coeur joie et je n’avais non plus jamais vu des “trottinettes” avec des skis.C’est une bonne idée car on adapte tout au terrain.
    Merci pour ce partage hivernal.

    Comment by Harmony — March 26, 2019 @ 16:28 | Reply

    • Bonjour Harmony.

      Cet événement est seulement en Finlande. Les rennes ont beaucoup de couleurs, mais les blancs sont rares. Le renne blanc a été dans toutes les courses et il semble qu’il nous connaisse. Mes photos datent des années précédentes, mais lors de notre visite dans la région cette année, le renne blanc nous a regardés longtemps et il semblait qu’il nous connaissait. Merci pour ce joli compliment.

      Bonne journée à vous.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 10:53 | Reply

  37. All the winter activities look like so much fun. But I am curious-do you still have this much snow? Is this what spring looks like in Finland?

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — March 27, 2019 @ 04:05 | Reply

  38. Wow, Finland is one of our family bucketlist vacation. Hoping we can visit. Btw, thank you for the detailed post.b

    Comment by itsmeee4ver — March 28, 2019 @ 14:08 | Reply

    • Hello itsmeee4ver.

      How nice to read that You enjoyed this post! Thank You. There is also unique experience for adults and kids:

      Reindeer race 3

      Happy upcoming weekend:

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:10 | Reply


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