Training Mushing with Young Dog

Since Remu turned one-years-old we started lightly training mushing: first pulling on a snowboard and later on with other sled dogs. Arto has done most of the training, but since he left to Japan, I have taken over. Here’s what I have learned so far. I am going to leave the dogsledding hints to the experts…

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Learning How to Snowboard with a Dog

You know you’ve been active in January when you have only twice been home during the daylight.  As Arto is having the time of his life as a snowboarding guide in Japan, I decided that now is definitely not the time for me to stay home. We were snowboarding in Svanstein (aka Pullinki) during the…

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Saying Goodbye: We’re Moving Again

It’s been a chaos of a week. Not only have I traveled around 2000 kilometers, but I have packed all my property in two different places, stayed in four different places and had high fewer while doing it. When I started my journey to Southern Finland to pack my belongings there I had time and…

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Floral Edition

It seems that our time in Rantajärvi is coming to an end. The feeling of coming home is overwhelming. Whether it’s coming to your parents’ home or coming home to your own after traveling. It’s about the peace of mind that comes from the feeling of pure love. It’s about the calmness of seeing your…

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Some Things Are Better on the Countryside

Last week I talked about missing the city, but there are a lot of things that I feel are better here on the countryside, in a small village and in Lapland. These things are starting to become a reason for me to hesitate moving back to city ever again. Every day here feels like a…

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Summer in Lapland?

Ever since my internship at Svanstein Ski ended, we’ve been planning on moving away from Sweden. We’ve looked for houses/apartments (and I have been looking also for jobs) from Rovaniemi so we could still be in Lapland, but it seems that the prices on terraced houses are pretty high there. We also thought about Jyväkylä,…

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Summer Nights

Living in Lapland has been so far amazing.   Living in Lapland has been so far amazing, though activities tend to change, when the snow melts away and snowboarding is no longer a option. Like I told you,  I miss summer nights in the city: sitting on the bar terrace with friends and listening to…

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What I Miss from the City

I feel that I cannot say that I miss Finland, since by car Finland is only 30 kilometers away, actually just across the river and everyone here speaks Finnish (at least to us). Do not get me wrong, still this has been a great cultural shock for me and I do miss Finland. I have indeed…

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Heatwave in Lapland: Paddling in Tornio River

It was indeed a long week of heat (so nice to have cooler weather for a change). Weirdest thing about everything is that we had winter just couple of weeks ago. Week before the heat wave we still had 30 to 40 centimetres of snow on the ground and all of a sudden it was +24…

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Remu The Powder Puppy

We’ve had the most exciting (and exhausting) week. We finally got the puppy! Remu is a mix of Rottweiler, Finnish Hound, German Shephard, Bernese Shephard and English Setter. He is going to grow strong and weigh about 40-50 kilos. Despite the headline “The Powder Puppy”, he hates the cold. Today was the first time he spent more…

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