Wauw, just got back from the incredible ESN Lapland trip. I am so amazed about it, being a student in Turku gives you such good opportunities to discover Finland!
The fun of the trip already started in the bus. With or group of 14 friends, all together in the same bus. Next morning we arrived early to visit the Zoo with beautiful animals. Polar bear, reindeer, little wolves and many more. Really impressive because I never saw these animals before, in real life. After the Zoo we went for some shopping and ended in Santa clause village (o my god, it’s 15:00 and already dark!!). Of course with the whole group on the picture with Santa clause for some prove. After the journey continued to get to our cottage in Saariselkä.
Day 3. We woke up in our beautiful cottage and got ready to see some husky dogs and to do some husky sledging. It was amazing! The dogs were so strong and the ride was beautiful. After we had some free time to discover the city centrum and we did some more sledging. During the night we visit a Sami village, got the opportunity to ride some reindeer and got some delicious sausages. After we went early to bed because the next day we were going to Norway.
Day 4. Norway!! We started the journey early because it was a long ride to Norway. Only the way to Norway in the bus was impressive. The landscape is so beautiful. Totally different from what I know from the Netherlands. When we finally arrived we got some free time to walk around. After that we went to the sauna and for some cooling down, we jumped in the Arctic Ocean. That was so cold!! When we finished we got some fish soup, really good tasted! It was a very nice trip.
Day 5. We had some free time so we went sledging and discovering more of Saariselkä. Of course we had to eat some reindeer so we did. I really liked it! Around 19.00 we went out for snowshoeing. This trip was so funny. Walking around with these big feet and played in the snow. We hoped for some Northern light but unfortunately we didn’t saw it. We were so happy that are travel guide made some arrangement with the bus driver so he broth us outside the city to try again for the Northern light. We saw it!! Yes it was so beautiful. Not so strong but still very happy that we saw it. Good ending for our trip because this was our last night.
Times fly’s when you’re having fun. This trip went so fast, before I knew I was back in Turku. I saw so many new things what I never saw before. I really recommend other students to go to Lapland. The nature will amaze you and being with your friends in a cottage is so much fun! Let’s continue the fun in Turku!
Text and pictures: Marly Moreau