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And now the ski track turns to a small road next the golf courses.

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A: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 6 of 20

by Janne, 110 meters away

Our path is now crossed by snow mobile track, they're pretty common around here.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 6 of 20

B: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 8 of 20

by Janne, 150 meters away

Ski track is now flanked by these trees and surrounded by golf fields.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 8 of 20

C: Explosion of color, northern lights 2012-03-07

by Janne, 250 meters away

Short burst of very intense northern lights.More images at pallopanoraama.blogspot.com.

Explosion of color, northern lights 2012-03-07

D: Before the aurora explosion

by Janne, 280 meters away

This is photographed just before the most intense period of the northern lights.

Before the aurora explosion

E: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 9 of 20

by Janne, 290 meters away

A tree has fallen next to the ski track.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 9 of 20

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

by Janne, 360 meters away

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

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 5 of 20

H: Tarinagolf offices

by Janne, 440 meters away

Tarinagolf offices

I: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 10 of 20

by Janne, 470 meters away

And now the path enters the forest again.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 10 of 20

J: Tarinagolf

by Janne, 540 meters away

Tarinagolf

This panorama was taken in Finland

This is an overview of 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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