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Day 4: Saariselkä

Yesterday evening we set out for another night-time walk around Saariselkä.

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We'd spotted a restaurant earlier in the day whose menu looked promising (and not too expensive by Finnish standards). Admittedly, the restaurant looked a little tacky from the outside, with a giant illuminated burger sign...

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...but inside the decor was a lot more tasteful.

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We ended up with a rather special table that resembled a wishing well, decorated with fairy lights.

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Tim ordered a kebab, while I opted for a Hawaiian pizza. Somewhat unexpectedly, when the pizza came it turned out to be drizzled in a yellow sauce. It tasted a bit like the sauce in a carbonara. The overall effect was a bit odd!

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Never mind, it was fun to go out and it was snowing a little bit as we walked back to our cabin. When Tim woke up this morning, he saw a digger coming to sweep up the snow which had fallen overnight and keep the road clear :o

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By the time it had got bright and we set out for a walk outside, the snow seemed to have stopped and the sky was starting to clear up a bit.

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Our plan for today was to explore a winter walking trail which we'd caught sight of yesterday when walking back from the supermarket.

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We weren't actually sure where it went, but it looked really pretty and worth exploring.

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Luckily it seemed like someone had been out with a machine recently to compact the fresh snow and make the surface of the path easier to walk on.

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There was plenty of snow weighing down the trees we walked past; it's hard to believe that they spring back when the snow melts, but they do!

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We passed some really beautiful trees and it was hard not to take photos of all of them.

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The path started off fairly flat, but after a while it began to lead gradually uphill.

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We reached a point where we had to cross over a cross country ski route and realised that we were actually quite high up.

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We could see what felt like miles into the distance, with a view of the endless forests outside Saariselkä.

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In the far distance we could even see that the sky was slightly pink, I guess with sunrise although it must have been 11 o'clock in the morning by this point.

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As we climbed higher, the trees became even more snow-covered!

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This one was my absolute favourite :) 

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The landscape was so white that it's almost hard to make out the trees on some of our photos.

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As we got higher we could see more and more snow-covered hills in the distance...

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...and we realised there were some houses up here, at the top of the hill we were accidentally climbing.

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We didn't make it quite as far as those though, because the path became increasingly difficult to walk on.

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You might just be able to make the path out on the photo below; it's towards the right of the picture, marked by a pole.

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Increasingly often we'd find that the snow wasn't compacted enough to bear our weight, so we'd fall down a hole in the path :D 

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We decided we'd need snowshoes to go any further, so we'd better turn around.

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The good thing was that it was a lot easier walking downhill than uphill and we got back down to Saariselkä fairly quickly :) 

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After a bit more shopping at the supermarket, we went back to the apartment to warm up for a while before hopefully heading out for another evening walk.




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