When I was accepted in Finland for my ERASMUS year, I immediately understood that I was traveled a lot around.
Russia, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, everything is close and within range of hands! But I was looking forward for one travel in particular, the Lapland trip. Dreaming like a child to discover the Santa Claus village, reindeers, sled dogs and snow will.
Unfortunately one of my friends was not enough quickly the sign up day to join us for this ESN trip, so we decided to organize by our self on 2 weeks.
It was the best adventure ever, we book everything and we left in Lapland at -12 degrees only with one backpack. After 15 hours of bus we finally arrived in the flat of a smiling Finnish guy in Rovaniemi! The first activity was meet Santa Claus of course! We also hiking a lot, and visiting the natural history museum! After few day, we moved to Levi, the biggest ski station in Finland! We travel a lot, did a lot of activities likes sled dogs, snowmobile, sauna and everything!
Lapland is full of crazy landscape and pink sky! Each day was different and wonderful because of the snow and trees! I have not had the chance to see aurora borealis at this trip but I have seen some already from Turku last summer!
My favorite part was discovered the life of Lapland peoples, it look a bit different of the rest of Lapland, peoples are more traditional and I found some other food that I never taste, stuff like kuksa cup, typical old Lapland close in the museum ! Lapland is really more like an old and cold part of Finland, but still amazing!
I learn a lot about this travel, about the country, the culture but also about myself, and my friends!
Text & photo: Estelle Pollaert