The Sami are the indiginous people fo Lappland - about 6000 of them live in Finland, others in Norway, Sweden and Russia. In the past 20 years there has been a movement to recognize them again and now language and culture are taught in schools and also presented to tourists.
We did not visit any of the "Sami Villages" or "Sami Reindeer Farms" - not sure if it was good or bad, but I am a little reluctant about these what I consider zoo type tourist offers. Please do prove me wrong and I will be happy to visit next time I go to Lapland!!!
Finnish is a language that makes it difficult to just guess, what it could possibly mean.... We were happy to see Swedish "subtitles" on groceries, so we could halfway make up what we were buying!!!
If you are interested, do read about the languages in Finland in the link below - including Finnish, Swedish, Sami languages, Karelian language and Finnish Sign Language! YAY!
Ruska is the Lappish term for Indian Summer - the time when the foliage turns from green to yellow to orange to red. We travelled in September and visited the South of Lapland. The perfect time, since the birch trees were just changing to a bright yellow, while towards the end of our 10 day stay orange and red started to show! Awesome!
Berries and mushrooms are all over the place - all you have to do is pick them!!!
From friends I heard that in the North of Lapland the Ruska season starts a little earlier - so do consider this when wanting to experience this fabulous season!
Girls of Angeli, or as they called today, Angelit are the famous local folk band. They are from the small village of Angeli in Lapland, far away from any place. And of course, they are singing in their native local language, the Sami language of Lapland.
Juhannus is the main summer celebration in finland. Held immediately after summer solstices, it celebrates the longest day of the year.
The preferate place is the mökki (the summer cottage), ideally placed by some lake or by sea.
Grilled sausages, beer, the music and the fun are the main ingredients. But the most important event of the evening is the bonefire (the kokko).
We spent the last Juhannus in Lapland, precisely in Akaslompolo, together with people that we didn't know, but who invited us to join them, just because we were strangers and passing by. It was lovely!
at our last day there we ot the chance to see a family ice ishing - its really cool
they make the hole with this giant tool and the they sit on the frozen water and just wait till they catch something.....so peacfull
if you want you can try ice swiming there, they got holes on the frozen lakes and people come to swim there (for few minutes only)
its supposed to be healthy or something and u do feel good after it
in the pic u can see my friend caspit (a new vt member .....)
at april ( 3-5 when i was there but im not sure its the same days every year)
the have a little thing in inari - alot of reindeers there and all kind of stuff going on like reindeer races and stuff
if you are in the erea u should go and watch the races - its nice
this time most of the hotel are fully booked so ull have to make reservatins as soon as possiable
best way to get rid of the cold that has sneaked into your bones during a day in snow is to go to a good old fashion sauna. you have a choice between different type of saunas, most of them you are probably familiar with...
if you have a chance you should really try smoke sauna... the name sounds scary, and you probably think you’ll spend hours scrubbing off the smoke after you have been there… you’ll be fine as long as you don’t lean on the walls and use something under your seat... smoke sauna has no chimney so all the smoke stays in while the sauna is heated, it takes about six hours to get it ready for use. When the sauna is warm, the door is opened, smoke let out… i can’t explain it but smoke sauna has different kind of heat, its milder but at the same time hotter than in the traditional sauna...
when you feel too hot in there and i’m sure you will, just run out and jump into the nearest snow pile or ice hole even… brrrrr!!! sounds scary at the moment but trust me it isn’t it feels really cool… it feels like millions of needles are sticking into your body when the snow starts to melt on your body…
finland is the home of saunas and sauna culture so you can be sure to get the real thing there…
A log house in Finnish is called mökki.
It is traditionally a very typical form of house.
Since in northern Lapland suitable wood is scarce Sami people (native inhabitants of Lapland) used to live in tipi-like tents.
Nowadays log houses serve as domicile mainly for tourists or as Finns' holiday homes.
If you encounter reindeer in Lapland, you will have good chances in doing so, be aware that they are always owned.
All the reindeer are domestic and very well looked after. There are no wild ones in Lapland although they are free to move almost as they wish to.
Pick and eat -
The every man's right guarantees you the right to pick berries and stay healthy.
Especially during autumn there are various edible berries waiting to be eaten....
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