Sami see, Sami do

Trip Start Sep 02, 2006
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Trip End Sep 27, 2006


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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Today we were still in Rovaniemi and decided to hit the local museum called the Arktikum. The museum is primarily underground apart from a class tubing that runs along the top, above ground, for about 200 meters. It looks fairly spectacular from the road, it has to be said. Inside the museum is a housing for a number of exhibitions. Currently the featured exhibitions include 'Laplands nature and lifestyle', 'Sami culture' and 'Arctic Russian film archives', amongst a number of smaller displays. All of the exhibitions provide a great deal of information in both Finnish and English and on some displays up to 4 languages in total (I guess Russian and Sweedish are the additional languages!). The Sami are the indigenous peoples of Lapland region in the countries of Sweden, Norway, Finland and some of North West Russia. The exhibition had displays of Sami livelihood throughout the years showcasing crafts, dress and music of the 'tribesmen'. We spent a good two hours in the museum including a picture show with photos of the Northern Lights and the Lapland countryside.

As we left the museum we took a walk down a path that goes around the museums perimeter and down to the waterfront. From here we headed up to the Library to make use of the Internet to find out that the terminals were limited to 20 minutes usage per person - great! When we did get on we did a quick price check to see what the cheapest method of returning to Helsinki would be - Either Train or Plane. The train looked the most promising so we nipped along to the railway station not far away and booked ourselves onto the night train. After we had purchased the tickets Bo decided that she wanted to head back onto the Internet so as she wandered back to the library Paul announced he was up for taking a walk around the outskirts of the town so Graham and myself obliged. We walked around for about 2 hours through some suburban areas and along some river banks before circling around and heading back towards the hostel. We cooked in the hostel kitchen for the dinner, due to the restaurants being rather expensive in Finland and we also had a fairly early start the morning ahead so we had a quick route to our beds.
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