Second Trip to Lapland

As promised, a post about our extremely short trip to Lapland. We left Jyväskylä on Thursday night and were back on Sunday morning already. Therefore we didn’t do much besides travelling. We took the (insanely comfortable) night train from Tampere to Rovaniemi, where we were supposed to immediately take the bus to Levi. Due to a combination of misunderstandings and our lacking language skills, however, we missed it and had to wait for 4 hours in Rovaniemi. So we went to see if the places we visited last year were still there. And they were! Here’s just one example:

The View over the *mumble*joki – Less frozen this time

This place is rather special to both of us, because last year I got this there:

A Ring!

But soon we left and caught the bus, as we had booked a night in a glass igloo! We were hoping for nice weather (read, clear skies), as we were hoping to finally see Aurora Borealis. But, the forecast had not been good, and as you can see skies in Rovaniemi didn’t really raise our hopes. But on the way to Levi, the town nearby which the igloos are located, the clouds suddenly vanished and we were driving to a most beautiful and rather long sunset (forgot to take pictures, though -.-).

When we arrived at our accommodation, we were very warmly greeted by the staff (even though we were more than half an hour late and they had to wait for us). The igloo itself was surprisingly spacious, warm and luxurious (it even had a rain shower!).

Glass Igloo From the Inside – Cozy, yet spacious

We booked a “superior igloo” and were a bit disappointed to be in the third row (also because the igloos were rather close together). It wasn’t a problem in the end, though, as we could see almost the whole northern sky. We went to walk around a bit and went close to the first row of igloos:

First Row Igloos – Including view and happy PB

I guess you would have to buy the even more expensive package to get those, and when we were there it seemed like they were not occupied. After that we went for a nap, and when we woke up at around 9pm we saw Auroras! Very faint and low on the horizon, but nonetheless! The photos didn’t turn out, though, so you will have to take my word… We were watching the lights dance across the horizon sitting in our warm and cozy beds until about midnight, when the sky began to cover up again. Perfect! That way we didn’t have to feel guilty about sleeping and we had a restful night’s sleep. It was the right decision, too, as when we woke up the igloo was covered in snow.

After checking out we went to see what Levi is all about. It turns out not much, thought there are several skiing slopes and lifts.

Levi Hill Slopes – From below

Having grown up near one of the (in my very biased opinion) most beautiful skiing regions in Switzerland I wasn’t that impressed, but there was definitely more snow than there is currently in Switzerland. The town itself consists of two main streets with the usual touristy shopping and restaurant options. Architecturally it looks just like a village you would find in the Alps:

Chalet Style Hotel – Felt right at home

As there was not much to see and we weren’t interested in either shopping or skiing, we soon left again for Rovaniemi, where we were to take the night train back. While walking town around a bit we came across this:

Arctic Swimming Contest – *shiver*

They had made a big hole in the ice with a 25m competitive swimming area. As we were passing, they were giving the medals and I could hear that some competitions were for 100m! I was shivering despite wearing very warm clothes. After dinner it was already time to leave Lapland and  head home.

Even though we didn’t do as much as last time and even though we stayed a lot less, I loved our trip! Of course seeing the Aurora had a lot to do with it, but it was also the reason for the trip:

Yup, We Did It – We got registered!

This was not a wedding as such. We went and had our registration at the maistraatti (register office) with our witnesses (two close Finnish friends) and their kids. After that we all went for dinner and that was it. Our families weren’t there and we didn’t exchange rings. All of that is for the big celebration we are going to have after I finish the thesis and have time enough to organize. This time it was just for the two of us.

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13 thoughts on “Second Trip to Lapland

  1. Eifach heimlich heimlich go hürote, tzzzzzz 🙂 Vo Härze alles Gueti, hoff, mir gsehnd eus gli wieder mol, ich vermiss dich nämlich fescht! bisou

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    • Hihihi… 😀
      Merci vielmal! Zit fürds fiire gits uf jede Fall no! Aber für das Jahr hani viel zviel anders ztüe als e grossi Fete in Italie organisiere. 😉
      Bis glii!
      Muntsch

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  2. Congratulations!!!!! That looks like a fantastic trip to commemorate it!

    I lived in Maine for one winter and they had what they called a “Lobster Dip” advertised as happening on High Noon one day, maybe on new years. People would run into the ocean and come back out red as a lobster. Ha ha ha. It was fun to watch. Thanks for the memory!

    I laughed at the cans tied to the back of the car. I had no idea that was done anywhere outside the US. Is that common or were you just having fun?

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    • Thank you!

      The lobster dip sounds hilarious (love the name)! Might have to do something around here next winter…

      I don’t know if the cans are a thing here, in Switzerland and Italy they are not so much (in Switzerland the cars are decorated with wonderful flowers, in Italy there is a car parade with incessant honking). But I guess American culture keeps swapping over, plus we’re an international couple, so it maybe seemed fitting for our witnesses who organized it… (sorry for rambling, I like playing expert in everything :D)

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  3. Oh! Congratulations! We got married in a registry office too (neither of us like dressing up!) & it was perfect! I am so happy for you! And how exciting to do it in Lapland! Amazing! 🙂

    It truly sounds like an incredible trip especially as you got to see the Aurora! I’ve always wanted to do this & I’m so happy that you both got to do so on such a memorable trip! And those glass igloos – wow! If I ever visit Finland, you must draw me a map so we can stay there too!

    Congratulations again! I am SO happy for you! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much!

      It was indeed perfect for us! Even though I like dressing up, I don’t like to be the focus of attention for too long, so a whole day in the spotlight would just stress me out!

      Now that we’ve seen the Aurora we can happily go to warmer places for vacation. 😀

      Whenever you visit, we might make an exception, though. 🙂

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  4. Congratulations! I read Your post with great interest and admired Your really gorgeous photos. You have visited in Glass Igloo. This is place where I have not been.

    Have a nice day!

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