A Weekend in Lapland

After a few years of “separation” with winter Lapland, I got this time a chance to join my parents trip to Saariselkä, a ski resort in the northern Finland quite familiar to us. Although the trees were not covered with loads of snow anymore and the sun barely shone this time, experiencing tranquility of the Lapland was as great as ever. I skiied cross-country three days and enjoyed every kilometer. We even saw the magical Aurora Borealis every night:

Aurora Borealis in Saariselkä, Lapland

(photo by dad)

I took some video before accidentally dropping the camera on day two… so not much to show but I hope it’ll serve as a nice memory. Here’s few clips quickly put together:

If you want to visit Saariselkä, then flying from Helsinki to Ivalo is quite good option (Norwegian, Finnair). 90 minute flight or the whole day in a car/train are pretty much the options.

GoExpo, Veikka G and 29km

Nice and sunny weekend in Southern Finland made me to walk some serious kilometres for a change. A six hour sprint with a semi full backpack to Järvenpää, ~29km, along very icy and uncomfortable roads and partly following skiing tracks and then by train back home, served well in a training purpose. The area around Tuusula lake looked very interesting in a historical and architectural aspect and would have been nice to have more energy left to explore the area more. There was the the cottage where our national author Aleksis Kivi had died, some ateljees, Erkkola house for arts, Lotta Svärd museum and many others.. I definitely have to go back by bike in the summer time!

Antti Rantanen 2012 March walk 01

On sunday I went to visit the GoExpo2012, an outdoor&camera expo where few of my B&W Alps photos were also shown:

(see the original post here)

Antti Rantanen GoExpo Alpit

Antti Rantanen GoExpo Alpit

However, the real highlight of the weekend was to listen Veikka Gustafsson, the man who has ascended all 14 eight-thousanders in the world without the use of bottled oxygen, giving a speech about his 20 years spent in high Himalayan mountains. I’ve never meet him before but now I had a chance to see him “live” for the first time and even shake hands. What an inspirational person!

Veikka Gustafsson