Travels in Finland and abroad

March 26, 2019

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

In English:

Reindeer race 2018 in Oulu 2018

Where? In Oulu. Where in Oulu? At the market square. When? On first Saturday 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.

Intended for whom? Meant for everyone. Number of departures? Ten. Every departure consists of two reindeer sleighs. In one sleigh, there can be one or two competitors. Can others than Finns participate in the competition? Yes. Length of run? 50 meters / 54.5 yards plus stopping area 10 meters / 11 yards. What is the official name? Reindeer carnival.

The race, which we visited, was hold on Sunday the 18th of February 2018. This was the second time when we visited this unique race in the world. We watched six departures of ten. The speaker interviewed every participant, which revealed that, participants came from China, Germany, India, Iran, Hungary, Mexico and Finland.

Reindeers are fast and due to it, photographing is a challenge. For example, few years ago, the reindeer called Timon Tumma (Timo’s Dark) owned by Timo Vaarala run one kilometer in time 1.13.01. This means the velocity of 13.7 m/s = 49.3 km/h = 30.64mi/h! This world record is from the 2012. In Finland, there are reindeer cups for professionals during winter months.

After the finish line, there were three men assisting competitors to stop the race. Will I see You next year in Oulu?

En español:

Carrera de renos en Oulu 2018

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.

¿Destinado a quién? Destinado para todos. ¿Cuántos de salidas hay? Diez. Cada salida consiste en dos trineos de reno. En un trineo, hay uno o dos asientos para competidores. ¿Cómo es? ¿Pueden otros que los finlandeses participar en la competición? Claro que si, pueden. ¿La longitud de la pista, cuantos es? 50 yardas / 54.5 metros y además el área de parada de 10 yardas / 11 metros. ¿Cuál es el nombre oficial de esta carrera? Carnaval de renos.

La carrera que visitamos se llevó a cabo en el domingo 18 de febrero de 2018. Esta fue la segunda vez que visitamos esta única carrera en el mundo. Vimos seis salidas de diez. El presentador entrevistó a todos los participantes, lo que reveló que los participantes vinieron de China, Alemania, India, Irán, Hungría, México y Finlandia.

Los renos son rápidos y debido a ello, la fotografía es un desafío. Por ejemplo, hace unos años, cuando el reno llamado, Timon Tumma (Moreno de Timo) propiedad de Timo Vaarala, corre un kilómetro en el tiempo 1.13.01. Esto significa que la velocidad es de 1,7 m / s = 49,3 km / h = 3.64mi / h! Este récord mundial es a partir de 2012. En Finlandia, hay Copas Mundiales de renos para los profesionales durante los meses de invierno.

Después de la línea de meta, había tres hombres que ayudaban a los competidores a terminar la carrera. ¿Vos veré el próximo año en Oulu?

En francais:

Course de rennes à Oulu 2018

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.

Destiné à qui? Destiné à tout le monde. Nombre de départs? Dix. Chaque départ se compose de deux traîneaux de rennes. Dans un traîneau, il peut y avoir un ou deux concurrents. D’autres nationalités que les Finlandais, peuvent-ils participer à la compétition? Oui, bien sûr que oui. Il n’y a pas de problème. Longueur de la piste? 50 mètres / 54,5 yards et de plus la zone d’arrêt 10 yardas / 11 mètres. Quel est le nom officiel? Carnaval de rennes.

La course, que nous avons visité, a eu lieu le dimanche 18 Février 2018. C’était la deuxième fois que nous avons visité cette course unique dans le monde. Nous avons regardé six départs de dix. Le présentateur a interviewé tous les participants, ce qui a révélé que les participants venaient Chine, Allemagne, Inde, Iran, Hongrie, Mexique et Finlande.

Mes deuxièmes et troisièmes photos montrent un renne qui a pris un faux départ et comment il a été empêché. Les rennes sont rapides et en raison de cela, la photographie est un défi. Par exemple il y a quelques années quand le renne appelé Timon Tumma (Foncé de Timo) appartenant à Timo Vaarala a couru un kilomètre dans le temps 1.13.01. Cela signifie que la vitesse était de 13,7 m / s = 49,3 km / h = 30,64mi / h! Ce record du monde est de 2012. En Finlande, il y a des Coupes du monde de rennes pour les professionnels pendant les mois d’hiver.

Après la ligne d’arrivée, trois hommes aidaient les concurrents à arrêter la course.

Est-ce que je vous verrai l’année prochaine à Oulu?

Em Português:

Competição de renas em Oulu 2018

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.

Destinado a quem? Destinado para todos. Quantas saídas existem? Diez. Cada saída consiste de dois trenós de renas. Em um trenó há, um ou dois assentos para os concorrentes. Como é que, podem também outras nacionalidades, que não são finlandês, participar da competição? Claro que sim, eles podem participar da competição. O que é o comprimento da pista? É 50 metros / 54,5 jardas e ademais a area de parar 10 metros / 11 jardas. Qual é o nome oficial para esta corrida? O carnaval de renas.

Visitamos a corrida, que decorreu no sábado, 18 de domingo de 2018. Esta foi a segunda vez, que visitámos a esta corrida única no mundo. Vimos seis arrancadas de dez. O apresentador entrevistou todos os participantes, que revelaram que os participantes vieram da China, Alemanha, Índia, Irã, Hungria, México e Finlândia.

As renas são rápidas e devido a ele, para fotografar é um desafio. Por exemplo, há alguns anos atrás, a rena chamada Timon Tumma (Moreno de Timo), o propriedade de Timo Vaarala, corre um quilômetro no tempo 1.13.01. Isso significa que a velocidade de 13,7 m / s = 49,3 km / h = 30,64mi / h! Isso é um recorde mundial é a partir de 2012. Na Finlândia, há copos de rena para os profissionais durante os meses de inverno.
Após a linha de chegada, havia três homens que ajudaram os concorrentes para parar a corrida.

Como é que, nós veremos vôce ano que vem em Oulu?

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

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Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

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Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

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Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos /  Course de rennes  / Competição de renas

Reindeer race / Carrera de renos / Course de rennes / Competição de renas

Reindeer race 2016

Reindeer race 2017

93 Comments »

  1. Very cool! I’d love to see that!

    Comment by hjonasson — March 26, 2019 @ 08:36 | Reply

    • Hello Heather.

      So glad to read Your comment. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 08:44 | Reply

  2. It looks like fun, even children can be part of it. Does it cost or is it just for fun and free?

    Comment by utesmile — March 26, 2019 @ 09:08 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Mainly this race is intended for adults, but kids are welcome. This free for everybody.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 09:42 | Reply

  3. Looks like the kids are having fun… but what about the reindeer? It is not very correct to subject them to this type of effort, which does not exist in nature.
    As long as the weight to be carried is a maximum of ten/twenty kilograms… but on a small animal I saw the sled (which will already be heavy) with several children.
    I have doubts. Like other “amusements” I do not believe that animals should be sacrificed just for fun.
    Best wishes :-)claudine

    Comment by Giovannoni Claudine — March 26, 2019 @ 09:33 | Reply

    • Hello Claudine.

      Thank You commenting. Have You seen reindeers live? Reindeer is very tough animal. It can easily pull easily two adults. Reindeer knows that this is race and they love competition. If You look my previous posts, then You know that they are eager to race. In addition, they love their owners. This winter I saw how a reindeer gave a kiss to its master. It closed eyes and seemed love the owner. It has feelings like any animal and show them.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 09:58 | Reply

  4. More gorgeous photos of Finnish reindeer Matti, thank you for presenting them.

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — March 26, 2019 @ 09:56 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      I appreciate Your kind words very much. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 10:00 | Reply

  5. Is Finland still covered in snow?

    Comment by Timothy — March 26, 2019 @ 10:04 | Reply

    • Hello Timothy.

      Helsinki in nearly bare. Looking out of my window I see some snow here and there, but in the north, there is snow. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 10:43 | Reply

  6. Gran reportaje fotográfico e informativo. Los renos blancos son preciosos.
    Muchísimas gracias por compartir con nosotros esta experiencia.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — March 26, 2019 @ 11:27 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras, es un placer para mi leer tus comentarios.

      ¡Que tengas un buen día! Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 11:43 | Reply

  7. Hello! I’m thrilled with all the amazing photos. The wisdom of the Finnish people who enjoy the hard winter is wonderful. Osaka, where I live has a spring.Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — March 26, 2019 @ 13:17 | Reply

    • Hello Wakasahs15th.

      Thank You. In Helsinki are also near to real spring. Snow has nearly gone away, but in the north, there are yet snow.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2019 @ 13:23 | Reply

  8. Gorgeous, looks like loads of fun 🙂

    Comment by a mindful traveler — March 26, 2019 @ 13:21 | Reply

  9. It’s an exciting event, and how wonderful to see there are international participants too! I hope Spring will visit Helsinki soon 🙂

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — March 26, 2019 @ 14:12 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      I am glad that You enjoyed this post. Actually, this race is unique in the whole World and it is once in the life time experience. Thank You commenting so nicely.

      すばらしい日を過してください

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 08:03 | Reply

  10. Ohhhhhh, ya estoy pensando en ir a la carrera de renos de Oulu. ¡ Que divertido, emocionante y diferente!
    Me encanta este post, querido Matti.
    Estuve en Helsinki hace unos 6 años, pero lo que tu propones es algo muy diferente y siempre pones en mi mente el deseo de volver a la Finlandia que está fuera de la capital.
    Esta carrera me parece muy atractiva.
    Las fotos son excelentes.
    Un saludo.

    Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — March 26, 2019 @ 15:37 | Reply

    • Hola Louisa.

      ¡No sabía que habías visitado Helsinki! Cerca de Helsinki hay muchos lugares que vale la pena visitar, pero nuestras partes del este y del norte ofrecen experiencias. Nos encanta Laponia (parte más al norte de Finlandia). La naturaleza, la gente amigable y el clima puro nos fascinan. En verano el sol de medianoche es una experiencia fantástica. En verano los viajes por carretera son casi obligatorios. Las partes orientales de nuestro país son salvajes y ofrecen sorpresas para un visitante.

      Aquí hay un ejemplo:

      Espantapájaros qui bailan

      Mi siguiente post muestra el círculo polar ártico en invierno. Muchas gracias a ti por tu comentario.

      Un fuerte abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 08:25 | Reply

      • Hola Matti,
        Estoy segura de que me encantaría Laponia, así como las partes más salvajes de Finlandia, las pondré en mi lista de deseos.
        Helsinki me pareció una ciudad hermosa y muy amigable.
        Me encantó el monumento a Sibelius, es muy original.
        Gracias por toda la información y espero tu post sobre el Círculo Polar Ártico.
        Fuerte abrazo para ti también.

        Comment by Si, Soy Gallega — March 27, 2019 @ 13:16 | Reply

        • Gracias. Si estás interesado en el senderismo, Laponia es el mejor lugar. Una vez pasamos una semana allí. Te doy dos enlaces para que me entiendas mejor.

          Nuestra base en Muonio:

          North of the Arctic Circle 2

          Visitamos aquí y sus alrededores conduciendo hasta aquí:

          North of the Arctic Circle 3

          No hay necesidad de comentar, solo de entender. Cada publicación muestra un enlace a la próxima aventura en el área.

          Saludos,
          Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2019 @ 08:11 | Reply

  11. This looks like a wonderful event to see in person. Everyone seems to be having a good time. You got good pictures of the races.

    Comment by seniorhiker — March 26, 2019 @ 16:35 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank You visiting my blog and loving this post. It is important to me and I appreciate it very much.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 10:56 | Reply

  12. Uau muita neve ainda.
    Lindas fotos!
    Deve ser muito divertido.

    Comment by O Miau do Leão — March 26, 2019 @ 16:37 | Reply

    • Ola O Miau.

      Muito agradecido por seu comentário. Eu agradeço.

      Tenha um bom dia!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 10:59 | Reply

  13. Hello Matti, I remember your reindeer posts in the past. Whenever I have a look at your photos I get the feeling that not only young and old participantsof the race are rather excited but also the reindeer seem to have fun! Sometimes – in case of events where animals are involved – you wonder how they might think about the whole story but these gregarious animals are powerful, obviously need to run and are eager to race. 🙂 You can recognize this power particularly on the photo on which the reindeer started to canter.
    Thanks for showing your impressions of this year’s race!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — March 26, 2019 @ 18:30 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      According to Your lovely comment, I felt like you were there! Everything you said is true! Thank You.

      Have a good day,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 11:11 | Reply

  14. The 13th photo is my favorite.
    How cute !

    Comment by 洋子 — March 26, 2019 @ 18:46 | Reply

    • Hello 洋子.

      Thank You. Kid in that photo seems to enjoy this ride with full heart and will remember it all his life.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 11:14 | Reply

  15. C ‘ est un reportage original
    Merci de nous faire connaître cette course de traineaux tirés par des rennes .
    Tous les participants ont le sourire .
    C’ est très sympathique
    Amitié
    Michel

    Comment by fauquetmichel — March 26, 2019 @ 20:45 | Reply

    • Bonjour Michel.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi. Merci pour les beaux mots que vous avez laissés.

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 11:32 | Reply

  16. des photos difficiles à réaliser, car beaucoup de mouvement! alors bravo matti! et que de joie dans ces photos! ça fait plaisir à voir 🙂
    bises et bonne nuit

    Comment by malyloup — March 26, 2019 @ 23:13 | Reply

    • Bonjour Maly.

      Vous êtes le premier à comprendre qu’il n’est pas facile de prendre des photos de cette course. On doit être éveillé tout le temps! Merci de commenter si bien.

      Je vous souhaite une excellente journée. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 11:56 | Reply

  17. What lovely photos you captured, Matti — I love the ones especially in which you can tell that the reindeer are galloping! It looks like some of the males were in the process of molting their antlers, though. As a child I was warned to be wary of deer who are molting their antlers because it can be painful (which makes them unpredictable). But maybe the reindeer are tame enough that it’s not a problem? Either way, very interesting!

    Comment by Heide — March 26, 2019 @ 23:20 | Reply

    • Hello Heide.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. I let Google translate Finnish Wikipedia page telling about reindeers.

      https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fi&tl=en&u=https%3A%2F%2Ffi.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FPoro

      The reindeers are semi-domesticated, but those who compete, seem to be as tame as dogs, though they are very shy.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 12:37 | Reply

      • Thank you so much for sharing that informative page about reindeer, Matti! (Google made some very funny translation errors, but it’s still much better than my Finnish.) And I did learn a lot about these beautiful animals. Thank you for always teaching me something new!

        Comment by Heide — March 27, 2019 @ 16:33 | Reply

        • Hello Heide.

          I understand very well those errors. Finnish is one of most difficult language in the world. Using it in poems gives huge possibility to say nearly everything. One simple example.

          Let us take word: akka, which means old hag, old female, bitch, old woman, old lady, missus wimp, queen.
          Let us add one letter in the beginning: Lakka, means cloudberry, varnish, lacquer, sealing vax, lacker.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Kakka, means poo, pooh, poop.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Takka, means fireplace.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Vakka, means bushel, basket.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Sakka, means sediment, deposit, lees.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Rakka, means fragmented rock.
          Let us add another letter in the beginning: Pakka, means pack, packet, bundle.
          When adding one letter in the beginning and two letters to the end: Jakkara, it means stool, taboret, tabouret.
          When adding one letter in the beginning and two letters to the end: Makkara, it means sausage.

          As You saw Finnish is “easy”. LOL.

          Thank You and have a good day.

          Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2019 @ 08:00 | Reply

          • That’s brilliant, Matti! I can’t imagine going from “old hag” to “sausage” as seamlessly in any other language. 🙂

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

            • Hello Heide.

              Thank You. After this short presentation of my language, You can imagine how awesome Finnish is. We Have long closed compound words, awesome palindromes which are short and long sentences. One classic example is: saippuakauppias, meaning soap merchant. We can write sentences which start with the same vocals. In the same sentence there can be successively same words, but which mean different things. Also sentences in which there are only vocals. There are hundreds of cases, which are only in Finnish. Okay, this ends my talk about Finnish, which is finally very curious and unique language in the world. No need to answer. 🙂

              Happy upcoming weekend!

              Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:24 | Reply

  18. The reindeer race seems to be powerful. It looks very fun. There seems to be some tips to make it run faster. It looks deep. It is also very difficult to raise a healthy reindeer. Thank you for the many photos. Have a nice day

    Comment by tiara — March 27, 2019 @ 06:21 | Reply

    • Hello Tiara.

      Thank You visiting my post and thus having information of this unique race.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — March 27, 2019 @ 12:52 | Reply

  19. Bonjour mon ami Matty, quel beau reportage que cette course de rênes il n’y a que dans ton pays que on peut voir cela et çà plaît sûrement aux petits comme aux grands merci de cette découverte bises à bientôt MA

    Comment by AUDOLY-NOURIAN — March 27, 2019 @ 18:32 | Reply

    • Bonjour Toinon.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi. Merci pour la remarque je saurai la retenir. Je suis content que vous ayez aimé mon pos!

      Je te souhaite une agréable journée!
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2019 @ 10:51 | Reply

  20. Facinating, and their potential running speed is awesome! M 🙂

    Comment by mvschulze — March 27, 2019 @ 19:28 | Reply

    • Hello mvschulze.

      It was a great to read Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2019 @ 11:06 | Reply

  21. That looks like it’s fun for everyone!

    Comment by montucky — March 27, 2019 @ 22:52 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      I am glad that You saw this reindeer race and left Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2019 @ 11:15 | Reply

  22. The reindeer are such a beautiful color! Amazing to have participants from all over the globe. Wonderful post! 💜

    Comment by petiteloulou25 — March 28, 2019 @ 12:22 | Reply

    • Hello petiteloulou25.

      It was a great joy to read Your kind comment on this sunny Morning in Helsinki. Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:03 | Reply

      • Your comments always brighten my day! Have a great one. ❤

        Comment by petiteloulou25 — March 29, 2019 @ 23:30 | Reply

  23. Hello (^^)
    I hope everyone enjoyed the contact with the reindeer.
    In the Kanto region, cherry blossoms and many people go out to see flowers.

    Comment by saganhama — March 28, 2019 @ 13:54 | Reply

    • Hello Saganhama.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. In Helsinki we have to wait nearly two months before we can enjoy Hanami. 🙂

      すばらしい日を過してください

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:07 | Reply

  24. Now, this is what is cool👌

    Comment by mabelfrancis — March 28, 2019 @ 16:44 | Reply

    • Hello mabelfrancis.

      Thank You commenting. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:25 | Reply

  25. I enjoyed the expressions on the people’s faces as much as seeing the reindeer. It’s not hard to believe that reindeer can run being they are in the deer family,love their big dark eyes!

    Comment by Deb — March 28, 2019 @ 18:10 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank You leaving Your praising comment. This happening is a great joy for the people and the reindeers.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 29, 2019 @ 08:27 | Reply

  26. Nice smile photos.
    maybe all your blog watcher being smile, too!
    Thank you so much!

    Comment by キース — March 30, 2019 @ 09:15 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Very kindly commented. Thank You.

      幸せな週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 30, 2019 @ 11:38 | Reply

  27. Looks like loads of fun… and open to anyone. I continue to be surprised at how small the reindeer are. BTW, a herd of black tail deer call our property home. Sometimes they come up to our screen door and put their nose up to it to see what we are doing! 🙂 –Curt

    Comment by Curt Mekemson — March 31, 2019 @ 02:10 | Reply

    • Hello Curt.

      The size of reindeer varies: Reindeer shoulder height is male 107 – 127 cm (42.1 in – 50.0 in), female 94 – 114 cm (37.0 in – 44.9 in). This winter there was a big one, but he bulked too much and thus it was not excellent racer. After one race removed. Oh, how nice to read about black tail deer. 🙂 Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 31, 2019 @ 10:16 | Reply

  28. I love this! I recall your previous posts too. Also really appreciate you sharing the information on where, when and details. Very helpful!

    Comment by Sue Slaght — March 31, 2019 @ 15:07 | Reply

  29. What a fun event! I wonder how a Mexican person ever got involved in a reindeer race in Finland!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — March 31, 2019 @ 16:03 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank You commenting so nicely. Well, I guess, that the person has seen my earlier posts concerning reindeer races and decided to test this once in the life time experience! 🙂

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 1, 2019 @ 07:00 | Reply

  30. What beautiful photos, I love those blue skies. Great action shots! It seems as if great fun was had by all.

    Comment by Tokeloshe — April 1, 2019 @ 00:24 | Reply

    • Hello LInda.

      How nice to read Your praising comment! I am very glad that You loved my photos. Thank You.

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 1, 2019 @ 07:03 | Reply

  31. That look so amazing!

    Comment by Anna — April 2, 2019 @ 00:05 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      Thank You leaving so kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2019 @ 06:36 | Reply

  32. Great pictures of people enjoying themselves. I bet it was cold!

    Comment by SandyL — April 2, 2019 @ 09:41 | Reply

    • Hello Sandy.

      Thank You leaving Your praising comment. Cold, yes it was just that day. This year it was much “warmer”.

      Happy and safe travels!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2019 @ 09:44 | Reply

  33. Such lovely winter photos of the reindeer races and people. We hope to visit Helsinki this August for a couple days. There is 24 hrs. of sun than I believe.

    Comment by maryannniemczura — April 2, 2019 @ 17:05 | Reply

    • Hello Mary Ann.

      Such a lovely surprise to read Your comment. Thank You. You are warmly welcome. August is generally speaking great month to visit Finland. I have to disappoint you with the midnight sun. In August to see midnight sun is over even in the northernmost parts of Finland. Last year midnight sun in Nuorgam started in May 15th. and lasted 75 days. Nuorgam is he northernmost village of Finland and the European Union.

      Finland is long country. Its length is 1157 km / 719mi. Helsinki is situated in the south. Nights in the middle of Finland in Oulu, the place of reindeer race, last short time. It is twilight for a shirt time.

      Helsinki offers some excellent places for a visit. These two are must visit:

      Seurasaari Open-Air museum

      Historic maritime fortress of Suomenlinna

      Optional places for a visit:

      Rock church

      Helsinki Cathedral

      Uspensky Cathedral

      I suggest also to make Helsinki shoreline cruise

      Cruises starts here:

      Helsinki market place

      Nearby Helsinki there are some small towns which are worth for a visit. The best is Porvoo, which is easy to reach by bus in one hour. My winter photos of Porvoo:

      Charming wintry Porvoo

      Well, I guess that couple of days are too short, but Helsinki is different, because it is a place where east meets west.

      If You have question, I try to answer them.

      Welcome!
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — April 3, 2019 @ 07:37 | Reply

      • Thank you one thousand times over for such an informative comment. I will view your suggestions to see what we have time to do during the brief visit. It was so kind of you to take your time. Much appreciated. I’ll certainly write you again if I have more questions.

        Comment by maryannniemczura — April 3, 2019 @ 15:47 | Reply

  34. And I missed all that fun of the reindeer race. 🙂

    Comment by Khaya Ronkainen — April 3, 2019 @ 19:23 | Reply

    • Hello Khaya.

      Thank You. It is awesome happening in Oulu. Maybe some other year. 🙂

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2019 @ 06:31 | Reply

  35. 🙂 The reindeer race looked like an enjoyable experience.

    Comment by Renard Moreau — April 7, 2019 @ 10:42 | Reply

    • Hello Renard.

      Yes, it is. The race is unique in the whole world and it is once in the life time experience.

      Happy and safe travels!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2019 @ 10:48 | Reply

  36. Matti, my favorite place is Rovaniemi in Lapland and especially Santa Claus Village where I have been visiting several times. I wish I had had a better camera. This is one of my videos from Santa Claus Village in YouTube. Santa Claus is not so interested in filming since his focus is on giving gifts to children!

    Comment by rdegand — April 11, 2019 @ 21:18 | Reply

    • Hello Ritva.

      Thank You giving the link to You video. I love it and I pushed the like button. I wish that someday in winter I could spend an evening / night there!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2019 @ 07:47 | Reply

  37. What great fun! No doubt Rudolph wished he’d been there.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — April 17, 2019 @ 15:31 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Oh, Santa was too tired to participate in this race, because he had to travel round the World in Christmas time. 🙂 Thank You.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 18, 2019 @ 07:13 | Reply

      • Great sense of humor! Are reindeer friendly? Easily domesticated? I’d always thought they were brown. They’re beautiful in white. The ones in vanilla-and-Oreo-cookie colors are, too. Wow.

        Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — April 19, 2019 @ 03:00 | Reply

        • Hello Deli.

          Thank You. They are really friendly. When meeting a man in nature, they dodge! Easily domesticated – yes! Although reindeers are cute, very cute, but have You ever seen how Alpacas compete in the high jump?

          Alpaca High Jump Competition in Helsinki

          Happy Easter!

          Comment by Sartenada — April 19, 2019 @ 12:04 | Reply

  38. This is amazing! I like the photos; looks like so much fun! Are you the one who translates your post into all
    these languages? What is your first language?

    Comment by leahsletters — April 22, 2019 @ 19:01 | Reply

    • Hello leahsletters.
      Hello leahsletters.

      Thank You. I love languages and translate them all. I am Finn and speak Finnish, but also some German and Swedish also. When living in a Small country we have to know many languages.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Thank You. I love languages and translate them all. I am Finn and speak Finnish, but also some German and Swedish aslo. When living in a Small counttry we have to know many languages.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 23, 2019 @ 07:39 | Reply

  39. This is so awesome! Looks like you had a great time 🙂

    Comment by Erratic Engineeress — May 12, 2019 @ 23:28 | Reply

    • Hello Erratic Engineeress.

      Yes. It is once in the life time experience. Thank You commenting.

      Happy new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 13, 2019 @ 07:10 | Reply

  40. Your photos are great. They captured the joy of the racers. That looks like a fun way to enjoy the winter.

    Comment by arvitrekking — June 29, 2019 @ 15:32 | Reply

    • Hello Arvi.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. Our winter offers nice experiences for adults and for children. Did You know that at the Arctic Circle nearby the town Rovaniemi, You could visit the log house of the first Lady Eleanora Roosevelt? It is modest, but worth for a visit due to its historic value.

      Reindeer rides and Santa

      Wish a very happy Sunday to You and yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 30, 2019 @ 07:22 | Reply

      • We read about the Eleanor’s Roosevelt house but missed it. Next time we will wee it.

        Comment by arvitrekking — July 6, 2019 @ 00:49 | Reply


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