We are staying in Saariselka in Finnish Lapland. It is absolutely beautiful here. Everything is covered in snow…just barely. It is unusually warm. It could have been minus 30 degrees, but the temperature has not been below minus 4 since we arrived.
Here is the cabin where we are staying.
We have a snowman.
…and our own ski chair device.
There are other ways to get around.
The village is delightful.
There is daylight for a few hours a day.
There was an amazing moon one day. I saw it for a few minutes before a cloud moved up to cover it.
I can downhill ski, but since the area is largely flat, I thought I would try cross country skiing. Unfortunately the day we had chosen for our lesson proved to be less than perfect. It was quite warm, around zero, windy, and snowing. The snow was sloppy because it wasn’t cold enough, but we set off anyway.
I could do little more than stand still, fall over and then struggle to get back up. Nothing would make my skis glide gracefully over the snow. Jim fared a bit better than I did and managed a couple of slides along the track.
This is our little group trying a small downhill slide.
You can just see Jim in the maroon coat in the distance. Here he is on his triumphant return.
I’ll give cross country skiing a miss and wait for the husky safari.