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Tue, 10 Jul 2007
day 04: rovianiemi and santa park (0 comments)
after getting up in the morning i connected to the open WLAN at the camping site to do some important online-stuff (no, not porn-surfing but doing some real working stuff). after that we headed for rovaniemi, approximately 700km south of the north cape. in rovaniemi is the so called arktikum, which is a museum about the northern arctic regions of the world with a focus on lapland. in there was a stuffed moose. since this was the first "real" moose i saw (despite the ones on television and the like) i was rather impressed and now the moose signs along the roads make more sense to me. unfortunately no photographing was allowed in the entire museum area. after that we drove to santa park, joulupukin pajakylae, which is a park of concentrated disgust and horror. this park offers christmas flair all year long, 365 and a quarter days a year - pure horror! yet we were missing some reindeer and little costume-elves, and santa himself (i think they were afraid of acts of terror against santa or intruding hordes of wham-fans, singing "last christmas"). but at least we saw some female santa's helpers. cute, but of course tall and blond, finnish girls doing interesting stuff in santa's post office. additionally the park is located exactly along the polar circle, which we crossed when leaving this awful place. christmas horror will return in five months anyway, so it was enough for now. on the road to sodankylae we encountered two reindeer crossing, or actually standing on, the road. they seemed a bit confused at first, then ran a few metres along with our camper, and finally they decided it's better to leave the road at all, so they took a turn to the left and disappeared in the woods. after having arrived at the camping site in sodankylae we took a walk to a nearby lake and for the first we have seen the sun after 20:00. to be more precise it was about 22:15 when the sunlight came through the wall of clouds. we will be heading for inari tomorrow, about 350km south of north cape, and most probably we are leaving finland via karasjok tomorrow, entering norway.

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