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March 31, 2014

When did you have your last first time? I did today, when I crossed river Tornio and finished the Polar stroll across Finland. During this adventure I had a lot of first times - I went on a multi-day ski-trip for the first time, dragged a sledge for the first time, sle...

March 29, 2014

Interestingly enough I woke up at the same place I went to sleep - in the woods. During the night the wind was rocking my tent, but I slept tight, because I knew that the wind can’t blow my tent away with me in it.

 

The first 8,5 km to lake Miekojärvi I followed a road,...

March 29, 2014

Yesterday I went out. As you normally do on Friday nights. But this time I didn’t go to the theatre, but was simply jumping over my campfire. A very jolly activity, I have to say. While I was entertaining myself, a couple drove past me on a snow mobile and it looked li...

March 28, 2014

This was a surprisingly warm morning - the sun had warmed up the tent to a temperature that was enough to leave the gloves off. Slowly I placed my belongings out in the sun to dry. Although it was a Friday morning I had neither any meetings planned, nor anything else f...

March 27, 2014

Today I got off the road, so the wheels had to go. I took my sledge off the wheeled construction and secured the construction on top of the sledge. In this fashion I crossed lake Sevettijärvi and tried to find the snowmobile track starting at the lakeside. At first I w...

March 26, 2014

This morning I woke up in a small spruce cluster between a supermarket and Mercedes service-center. It wasn’t a particularly scenic location, however it was a strategic one - I had made my camp near metal-shops and a construction supplies store. Early in the morning I...

March 25, 2014

You could say that the day before yesterday was the most important turning point of my adventure so far, and not because I finally met the real Santa-Clause, who wasn’t just my neighbor with a thin beard glued to his face. I instantly knew that Santa was real, because...

March 23, 2014

 I’ve been alone for two days now. Martins has successfully returned to Latvia and is preparing for getting back on track with his everyday life, but I continue laying my tracks in the Nordic snow.

 

Yesterday the morning came with a sensation of stress - Martins was th...

March 20, 2014

The time is 19:30 and we have fixed up our camp, but we still have no fire. Martins is attending to that right now. Perhaps the lack of a pile of wood combusting in a rapid manner is the reason behind the mystery of the evening - how come that this evening -9 degrees f...

March 19, 2014

Last night I got cold feet - literally. The rest of my body was protected by all available clothing in many layers, but the feet got a bit iced. It’s reasonable to assume that the broken zipper on entrance of our tent and the consequential “open doors” situation didn’t...

March 18, 2014

The time is 20:00, and the thermometer shows -12 degrees. But for how long? An hour ago the temperature reading was -8 degrees. So we are experiencing a 4 degree drop in an hour, and there are still approximately 10 hours till the sunrise - you do the math. As they say...

March 17, 2014

It’s a good thing that we spent last night in the accommodations of the alpine-skiing club KORE, because during the night the temperature dropped to a freezing -26 degrees Celsius. I guess there’s no need to say that we would be a bit cold in our tent.

 

In the morning...

March 16, 2014

This evening we reached Suomu ski-resort, where thanks to Laima Kaufiņa we met the members of the alpine-skiing club KORE. At this point there are approx. 100 Latvians in Suomu, because the Latvian and Baltic Alpine-Skiing Championship is taking place here. We are warm...

March 15, 2014

Though I like to say, that the past doesn’t exist, the first part of the day went by remembering the sauna and admiring Heikki’s skillful hands. He is a retired hunter, but his hands are quick with plane, chisel and other carpenter’s tools. A lot of the furniture in hi...

March 14, 2014

It’s 16:40 and we have reached a town called Hirvasvaara.

 

Last night the snowing stopped only around 2:00 making it a 12 hour long snowfall. We have nothing against the snow per se, but its nasty habit of melting in a temperature above zero is deal breaker. Because of...

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