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Month: February 2015

Norway – Oslo, famous for being the capital of Norway!

Norway – Oslo, famous for being the capital of Norway!

    Wednesday 25th February It’s raining quite heavily in Flam as we catch the Flam valley railway back to Myrdal.  But as gain height in the valley this changes to heavy snow fall ruining our view some what!  At Myrdal we change to the Oslo train and once again the view is mostly obscured by snow.  At Finse (altitude 1222metres) we pass the highest point and can see the blue ice of Hardangerjokul glacier glittering in the southwest (well…

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Norway – Part Deux

Norway – Part Deux

Thursday 19th February Quiet day today so for variety Daz shaves off the goatee and then sulks for ages because bizarrely I find his hairless face hysterically funny!  ( Note to self: Don’t laugh at B/F’s face! – at least not out loud).  The last time he was clean shaven was December 5th, so I’m just so used to the goatee. At 10am we cross the Arctic Circle and have a ship’s ceremony that involves a spoonful of fish oil….

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Norway – Norwegian cruise – Kirkenes to Bergen

Norway – Norwegian cruise – Kirkenes to Bergen

Monday 16th February Today we get on our cruise liner MS Nordlys.  By the time we board I’ve managed to spend my entire terminal grant plus some.  So that only managed to burn a hole for 2 days before I spent it! On board – lovely! 222 passengers – some do the entire cruise south to north and back whilst others do the northern leg and disembark at Kirkenes and others the southern leg embarking from Kirkenes like us and…

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Finland – Last Days of & The Great Escape

Finland – Last Days of & The Great Escape

  Monday 9th February 9am pick up for Seb and Stefi (SS) and 11am for me and Daz.  Daz needs to drive the bus and pick up clients because Erkki and Boss Satu are off to Ivalo to buy more stuff for the cabin because from Tuesday we’re going to be using it. Whilst the SS mob are busy putting the dog teams together, we go to pick up the two clients from hotel Inari, they are from Taiwan.  Inari…

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Finland – Seb & Steffi, a new partnership

Finland – Seb & Steffi, a new partnership

  Thursday 5th February 2015 A day off.  Seb and Stef go off to the farm and we stay home, do our washing, post our blog and catch up on the internet.  That’s it!  However, we end up in PaPaNas at 4pm.  Our lame excuse – internet.  But of course we have to have a pint and then discover cookery programmes on the TV – Top Chef America and Master chef USA interspersed with Frasier and some shit about American…

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Finland – How to set up a dog team!

Finland – How to set up a dog team!

Feb 5th 2015 HOW TO SETUP YOUR DOG TEAM So it’s a long old process for getting the dogs ready for the sledding… here’s how it goes: Collect equipment – leashes, harnesses, snow anchors, sled cleaning kit, and reindeer skins.  Take equipment to kennel area.  Find out which teams are running and which dog you need to fetch.  Take leash and approach your dog of choice who by this stage is very excited and will jump all over you and…

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Finland – Reindeer Roundup

Finland – Reindeer Roundup

Wednesday 4th February 2015   Bizarre day today.  Started with a vague plan to go up north in horse Satu’s car and see the reindeer round-up.  However Horse Satu, who was driving 8 clients to the roundup, spoke to Boss Satu and she said it was a working day for everyone and  Seb and Stef were going to the farm and me and Daz would be given chores by Erkki at 10am.   So Horse Satu left the apartment and then…

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Finland – New Cabin

Finland – New Cabin

Monday 2nd February. Early start today because there are 2 clients for the long tour at 0920. And because Daz has been waking up every hour worrying about oversleeping we get to the farm even earlier than expected!  Chores done and dog team ready BUT no clients.  So we go out sledding. Just me, Daz, Lukas and ‘Team Kazakhstan’. First I drive whilst Lukas drives the skidoo with Daz on the back.  Then Daz and I swap and finally Daz…

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Finland – February is here!!

Finland – February is here!!

February is here, well January 31st then February 31st January. OMG – Double surprise today.  Firstly it’s the first time in over 22 years I woke as a “Civvi”, my disgust was so great I had to shower for over an hour. But fortunately soon realised nothing had changed when we made a timed schedule for our day off, with ETAs and ETDs and NMB timings and started with bed blocks!!!   See – nothing’s changed. Secondly it’s our consecutive day…

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