Pics Finland 2013

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This is a contiuation from Sweden. If you haven't viewed Sweden as yet, I suggest you do so first.

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Roughing it aboard the Viking Grace

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A smaller Viking Line ferry.

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The first of the many Finnish islands.

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Elisabeth and Maja

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No comment.

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Anders, Hanna and Maja.

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Ritva, Elisabeth and Anders.

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Najad under way with fewer reefs than the last yacht.

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Park place in Turku

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Turku

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Cathedral in Turku

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Finnish signs are a problem for foreigners.

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Obviously a Down Under Bar!

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Sigyn on the dry dock in the maritime museum.

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Elisabeth loves daisies, but this was too big to take along!

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Turku Castle

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Looking up the hill to the Art Museum

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Finnish signs again

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and again

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Down town Turku

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Old Market building in Turku

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Inside the market

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Mmmm

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Restaurant area set up like an old train carriage.

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Even the closed area of the restaurant.

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What would you like?

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A picnic place we found just off the road heading North.

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Here we met two semi trailers loaded with the blades for a wind turbine. Anders said that they now have then even bigger than these.

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Our vehicle is 6.75 meters long so you can work it out from there what the size of the propeller would be.

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Overnight park place at a hotel in Seinäjoki where we shared the last dinner with the Karlstrom family.

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We have a little more comfort than this fellow.

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Lunch break at a nice little beach and picnic place on the way to Oulu

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We didn't use the sauna, but note the wind generator for power.

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Parked at the harbour in Oulu

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Old wooden buildings beside the harbour in Oulu

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Old market hall similar to the one in Turku.

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Down town Oulu

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with many Finnish clothes shops.

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City hall

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Oulu Cathedral

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Some more elegant buildings down near the harbour.

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View from a park near the harbour.

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We tried to get a camping place at Toppilansalmi just North of Oulu, but they were fully occupied, so we overnighted on the public parkplace beside the beach.

It was much more beautiful anyway.

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We were buzzed several times by this drone with a camera.

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Looking back across the bay to a hotel near where we were parked.

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Sunset, 22.53

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Parked beside a river on the way to Rovaniemi

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Midday pause on a quiet spot beside the river.

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Arctikum, Museum in Rovaniemi

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Photo in the museum.

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Interesting architecture in the museum.

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We made a diversion to Ranua, about 75 kn SE from Rovaniemi to the the local wildlife park at Ranua Zoo

This was our camp place at the camp grounds in Ranua.

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Entrance to the zoo the next morning.

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Polar bear

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One would not want to meet one in the wild!

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Brown bear

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Wild forest reindeer

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White tailed deer

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Fallow deer

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Poro Reindeer

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Parked at Santaclaus Village in Rovaniemi

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Yes, 27° Celcius on the Arctic Circle. Santa was on Summer holidays.

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Reindeer pelts

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This place looked great for an overnight, but we were inundated with tiny flying insects that made it through the insect screens, so we moved on -

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and found this place a bit further North. No insects.

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On the main road to Inari, a meeting?

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I suppose they were here before the road!

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Super roads when they are free from reindeer.

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Outside the Sami museum at Inari

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The museum is very comprehensive and includes an outside section with examples of old buildings and survival techniques.

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Snow owl

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Old Electrolux outboard.

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I didn't take this, it was exhibited in the museum!

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So were these two photos.

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Northern lights

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and an explanation.

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Sami boots made from reindeer skin.

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Boatbuilding

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Mixing the cultures.

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Sauna

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Fireplace for heating and cooking.

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Boat building and sled tecniques

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We found a lovely resting place beside the road West towards Norway.

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Norway is at the end of the road. No bends, but lots of ups and downs.

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