The name "Ijahis Idja" is Sámi and means "nightless night," which is a good description of what the nights are like as we enter the season of the midnight sun. Placed in the beginning of summer, this is a Native festival which includes lots of joiking, speakers discussing Native music, and also the specially invited performers from other Native...more
Nice hotel. Cozy rooms. Next to a river. The hotel fascilities include a comfortable lounge with...more
Mountain Saana is just by the hiking & camping centre, it has a trek to climb up which is very interesting as you start almost down by the lake in the valley and climb all the way up. At first there is still in the forest but soon after that stage it is starting climbing and as higher you go the colder it gets and the wind blowing harder. I had...more
Pallastunturintie 560, Pallas, Muonio, 99330, Finland
Good for: Solo
Torassieppi is over 150 years old village with old buildings from 19th century. This village did not burn during the World War II and it was chosen to nationally valued tradition Village in 1993.Lapland Manor has stayed in one family from year 1847. Reindeer husbandry has been there over one hundred years as a main occupation. A long time ago...more
The skiing at Levi is awesome!!The whole mountain is joined together over 1 big run, with lots of little runs branching off.The front slope definetley sees the most action, but it is my favorite run of them all!With a kiddie park, a snow park( like a skateboard park, but for ski's), a world cup run + all these little cafes situated half way up...more
I think there is something you must see at least once in lifetime: the midsummer midnight sun in Lappland. This photo of mine has a little lost its colors during the time. It has been taken in 1976 when the sun had just its culminating point on Kemijärvi lake, not rising yet, but not setting anymore.more
I went to the touristinfo to get some information on what to do. They were so helpfull. Even though I was out of the main season and there was not much to do around they provided me with all the info they could find and the lady was very friendly. She even helped me with information on my next destinations.The Informationoffice is No.20 on the map...more
I am not an eskimo but I'd like to be. I don't know the reason but I like water, in all it's elements. We finns have saunas and we swim, but some of us swim all around the year and in all places. I am one of those enthusiats.This boat is an ice breaker (called Sampo) and with that you can have an unforgetable trip to Gulf of Botnia. Try once, but...more
Kauppakatu 16, Kemi, 94100, Finland
Good for: Families
If you are looking for very different place to stay in your honeymoon, try this. There is a honeymoon suite and meny other rooms for accommodation. The temperature is -5, so you have to, hmm... , propably be an eskimo or practice something. Of course the rooms are equipped with sleeping bags.The very special drink "Red Ice Shot", made of Finlandia...more
The old vicarage: Free coffee!
When we got to the restaurant it turned out to be a 100 year old vicarage on the border of the Botnia Strait.
It was closed but the owner gave us coffee and cake (excused himself that the cake was not fresh as he had baked it the day before). He told us about his plans to exploit this place.
A wooden building, 100 years old, is very special because wooden houses don't usually survive very long.
It used to be a vicarage and the some of the vicars (kirkoherra) were quite colourful! One was a drunk, another a smuggler.
Favorite Dish: The owner Ari Hitula would not hear of us paying for the coffee.
He explained that he was going to exploit this restaurant (Ravintola in Finnish). And build a big sauna and summer cottages.
I wrote this tip originally in May 2003, after my visit in September 2002.
Now, in 2008, I looked at the website again and found that Ari did indeed fulfill his plans!
There are cabin cottages on the premises now.
If you click here%L you will find the top photo of the vicarage. And a description of the cabins.Related to:
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How to get to Ranua?
Ranua is only about 80km from Rovaniemi and you just have to follow the one and the same road to get there..not hard at all... it's almost impossible to get lost! You can go there by car or by bus. Buses go many times a day and you can check the best bus for your timetables. (website) I won't stop you if you really want to walk or go by bike but I don't recomment it! :)
Words you may need to know:
lähtöpaikka = departure place (Rovaniemi)
määräpaikka =destination place (Ranua)
lähtöpäivä = departure day
kaikki päivät = all days
hae = search
eläintarha = zoo
linja-auto asema = bus station
lentoasema = airport
If you don't have any special wishes about where in Rovaniemi you want to hop in, just press the button "HAE" again after you press it the first time and there comes this red text:
"Löytyi useita paikkoja. Jatka ehdotetuilla paikoilla painamalla 'Hae' tai valitse muu paikka pudotusvalikosta."
If you want to hop in for exaple in Ruokasenkatu or at the airport and hop out in the zoo or in Simo you may choose them from the lists you'll get.Related to:
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