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This is the last panorama of the evening, I was planning to shoot the rest of the track (about half a kilometer more) but my camera's mirror froze open. Hope you have enjoyed the trail.

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A: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 17 of 20

Af Janne, 80 meter væk

A small descent before the steepest climb of the whole track.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 17 of 20

B: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 3 of 20

Af Janne, 100 meter væk

And after that little hill we descend into this small valley with a 110 kV power lines on top of us.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 3 of 20

C: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 18 of 20

Af Janne, 120 meter væk

And now we are on top of the steep hill. Looks like there's a ice crystal cloud forming up.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 18 of 20

D: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 19 of 20

Af Janne, 150 meter væk

A small info board tells us about the extensive landscaping work done here, this used to be the edge ...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 19 of 20

E: Star trails above the skiing tracks

Af Janne, 160 meter væk

Star trails above the skiing tracks

F: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 4 of 20

Af Janne, 160 meter væk

Here a small path departs from the main track into the esker above. Beyond that hill are the Tarina G...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 4 of 20

G: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 2 of 20

Af Janne, 180 meter væk

Couple of hundred meters into the ski track we have a info point telling us how the eskers were forme...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 2 of 20

H: Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

Af Janne, 200 meter væk

A kettle (kettle hole, pothole) is a shallow, sediment-filled body of water formed by retreating glac...

Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

J: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 5 of 20

Af Janne, 290 meter væk

And now we've entered the golf course part of the track.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 5 of 20

Dette panorama blev taget i Finland

Dette er et overblik over Finland

Finland is the jam. It came from an exploding egg, the egg of a water bird, the top half of which you can still see in the shape of the starry canopy that hangs over the earth.

Finland is the most sparsely-populated country in the EU with only 5 million people. It's also been ranked the second most stable country in the world, after Norway.

Historically, Finland has been a part of Sweden and later, Russia. It was an autonomous Grand Duchy during the Russian Empire's reign and lasted as such until their declaration of independence in 1917. Subsequently Finland survived a civil war and wars against both Russia and Nazi Germany to eventually settle down as an EU member circa 1955.

Finnish language is cool, it's totally unrelated to the whole Latin-root thing. Its closest relative is Hungarian. Linguistic historians estimate that it came from northern central Russia from 3000BC.

If you're in Helsinki, the museum at Suomenlinna has some interesting bunkers and military wreckage, including a submarine!

Caught on camera! Here's your long-awaited proof. Santa Claus comes from Finland.

Apart from Lappland, the other thing most people are familiar with out of Finland is aquavite. Literally it translates to "water of life" but it may make you feel more like you are dying when it hits your throat.

Text by Steve Smith.

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