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Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 16 of 20

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The sign tells us that there's only 1.1 km left of the trail.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Finland

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A: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 15 of 20

di Janne, 150 metri di distanza

Info board tells that we are now near Huvikumpu, formerly popular (in the early 1990s, late 1980s) ga...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 15 of 20

B: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 12 of 20

di Janne, 180 metri di distanza

Ha, someone has made a shortcut. That's not very good sportmanship, ain't it?

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 12 of 20

C: Star trails above the skiing tracks

di Janne, 200 metri di distanza

Star trails above the skiing tracks

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

di Janne, 210 metri di distanza

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: Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

di Janne, 210 metri di distanza

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

Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

F: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 13 of 20

di Janne, 270 metri di distanza

We're now deep in boreal forest called Kalettomankangas after a lake nearby (lake Kaleton).

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 13 of 20

G: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 11 of 20

di Janne, 300 metri di distanza

The same snow mobile track crosses the ski track once again. We are in Huvikumpu's forests now.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 11 of 20

H: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 14 of 20

di Janne, 340 metri di distanza

And here we meet the snow mobile tracks once again. This is the furthest point of the ski track, now ...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 14 of 20

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

di Janne, 350 metri di distanza

This is the last panorama of the evening, I was planning to shoot the rest of the track (about half a...

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 20 of 20

J: Frosty winter forest

di Janne, 350 metri di distanza

-25°C and the waxing gibbous Moon is shining on top of the Orion constellation. Near the zenith is th...

Frosty winter forest

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Finland

Questa è una vista generale di 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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