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Helsinki

At this point it’s probably time to introduce another of our digital go-to sites; you may have noticed that we’ve been spending roughly two nights out of every three parked up in apparently random places.  To counter this we’ve been paying for ‘proper’ campsites with electricity and showers and wi-fi between times, in the interests …

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Back to Weirdness

You can’t imagine how pleased we were to find that we were about to return to those bits of Finland that the atlas obscura website has something to say about. Beautiful as the wilderness was, after days of seemingly endless forest we were starting to feel trapped in a sort of three-dimensional barcode land as …

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Finland, Finland, Finland

There’s more of it than you might have suspected, but say what you like about Finland, it’s not Scandinavia. The scenery tells you that for a start. It’s all much more subdued than the wild western coastline of Norway, yet it’s a good deal wilder than most of Sweden. Having driven down through the emptier …

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Wilderness Part 3

Yes, well, sorry  about this but there’s yet more wilderness to come.  By this stage you’re probably getting as numb as we were, so here are the key points… Kautokeino is a horrid town in the Arctic tundra.  It once had a ski jumping tower and slope, which as far as we could tell was …

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Wilderness Part 2

Tiring of Norway, we slipped effortlessly into Sweden for a change of nation if not scenery.  Then, getting the hang of this international border crossing game, we transmitted into Finland for lunch, although thanks to an unexpected change of one hour forward in local time we had to rename it high tea before returning to …

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Wilderness Part 1

After two days of travelling through one of the world’s last wilderness areas we can report that it’s been a bit like going through the Australian Outback (see ozhainges.typepad.com for the whole story), but not quite as interesting.  Fair enough, there’s a bit more traffic but instead of being able to lose yourself in a …

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No Language Barrier

Now, most of us can at least get by in Europe with the shattered remnants of our school languages, fortified as they often are with occasional holidays in that region. The Scandinavian collection of languages is an entirely different matter. Since we’ve spent a good deal of the past month in Denmark, Norway and Sweden …

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Lofoten Island Life

Driven by the impish urge to find places with unusual names, the first thing we did after getting off the ferry that took us to the Lofoten Islands was to head to Å.  Well you would, wouldn’t you?  Here it is: I’m told that it has rather a fine Dried Fish Museum, but I’ll let …

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On Useful Things…

The weather’s turned bad on us of late, meaning that we tend to spend more time in the vehicle than we’d like.  Two people and one wet dog in a confined space makes for a ‘friendly’ atmosphere and eventually the dry kit runs out.  Luckily our current hit rate of one night in every three …