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

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

door Janne, 120 hier vandaan

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

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 12 of 20

B: Frosty winter forest

door Janne, 170 hier vandaan

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

Frosty winter forest

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

door Janne, 180 hier vandaan

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

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

door Janne, 210 hier vandaan

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

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

door Janne, 260 hier vandaan

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

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

door Janne, 260 hier vandaan

And now the path enters the forest again.

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 10 of 20

G: Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 16 of 20

door Janne, 270 hier vandaan

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

Patakukkula 2.1km ski track, panorama 16 of 20

H: Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

door Janne, 360 hier vandaan

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

Kettle lake Huosiainen, Siilinjärvi

I: Star trails above the skiing tracks

door Janne, 450 hier vandaan

Star trails above the skiing tracks

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

door Janne, 450 hier vandaan

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

Dit panorama is genomen in Finland

Dit is een overzicht van 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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