Two weeks ago I went with ESN Uni Turku (Erasmus Student Network) to Levi in Lapland. This was the trip every exchange student was looking forward to. We first arrived in Rovaniemi, the official hometown of the real Santa Claus. After standing 20 minutes in the queue, it was time to meet Santa Claus in real life and they took a picture of us with Santa. But he’s a smart businessman too, because for one digital picture you’ve got to pay 49 euros! Maybe bad Santa does exist.
After that we arrived in Levi and we could enter our beautiful cottages. They were all well equipped and every cottage had an own sauna. The next morning we went cross-country skiing. I had never done it before in my life and it was an exhausting experience. We did the trip of 16 kilometers, and for me it was hell. Luckily I was surrounded by a beautiful landscape but after the trip I was whacked.
But I could comfort myself with the thought that there was a karaoke party that night organized by ESN. The party was really nice because there were only exchange students and everybody danced and singed all night long.
The next day we had to get up for the Husky Safari. We arrived there and the dogs were already excited. Unfortunately the trip was only 1 kilometer so we were back very quick. But nevertheless it was again an amazing experience to see how much fun the dogs had by running in the snow. The woman from the Safari told us that some dogs run more than 250 kilometers a day!
On Saturday there was the Snowmobile Safari that was the activity I was looking forward to from the beginning of the trip. In the beginning we were taught how to drive the snowmobile. Good thing to know: if you’ve crashed the snowmobile you’ve had to pay 850 euros insurance, so everyone was warned! It was a trip of 30 kilometers in the beautiful nature of Lapland and I can recommend everyone to this once in his or her life. It was so nice to drift in the snow.
The next morning the bus was waiting to take us back to Turku. And everybody was exhausted but satisfied.
This trip was one of the most beautiful trips I have ever done in my entire life. I can recommend everyone to visit this beautiful place on earth!
Text and photo: Lars Claessens