We were so close to Norway. Right across the river from it, very walkable since the river is frozen, and also close enough to drive there very easily (but not over the river) (we left that for the snowmobiles and dog teams). It had to be done. I wanted to do it out of principle, as I believe did Eric, but it turned out there was good reason to as well. Well, not just out of principle, actually. I was hoping we were close enough that we could take a jaunt to the shoreline, to see if it looked cool. So, on Monday, dinner on the Barents Sea.
No, really. That’s pretty much all we did. Eric knocked on my door at some point after it had been light for quite a while and I had been in and out of sleep. “What time is it?” I called. “2 o’clock!” he answered. “What? 2 o’clock? Really?”
Yes, really. They’d just gotten up, too. I did say we were not to be accused of being early risers, correct? Don’t judge. We’re on vacation. It’s an interesting one, because I’m traveling with at least one night owl and our purpose is to see the northern lights, besides, which, mind you, we can only see after dark. So. Daytime. Pah! Useless to us.
We’re no early risers, the three of us. I’ll just say that now. It’s convenient the breakfast at the hotel ended at 10am. We got there about 9:45, and enjoyed a lovely spread of some familiar and some unfamiliar food, amidst people who were mainly dressed to go skiing. This was strange, coming from a place of ski areas and having no desire to do so here. I forewent the reindeer pate and blood sausage (not an organ meat person) in favor of the more familiar eggs and coffee, but did also indulge in grains (muesli and some gruel of sorts) topped with lingonberry syrup and berries. Apparently pairing reindeer with lignonberries is a thing, as is anything with either of them, plus other berries like cloudberries. Finland. A place of reindeer and berries. Continue reading “Day Two: In Which We Get the Help of Three Firemen (Oh, and See the Aurora…)”
The trip: go to Finland to see the aurora. Why Finland? Factors considered included cost, weather, and northliness. Finland won. Continue reading “An Auroral Adventure”