In the small store Metsäkylän Kyllkäkup in the village Metsäkylä, Metsakyla, near the town Taivalkoski, in the northern Finland, I got in contact with a local person. We started to talk about the ongoing World Championship in football in Brazil (July 2014), but after a while our conversation switched over to a even more serious subject: Finnish war history. Eagerly he startet to tell me about dramatic events during the Second World War deep in the forest just outside his home. He said: this was the part of the history few Finnish know about or wantet to forget. What happened here in the middle of nowhere?
Anyone with an interest in nature and wildlife should consider a journey to Finland. Finland has a diverse and extensive range of fauna. Some of the wildest places to enjoy wildlife are Kuusamo, Ruka, Rovaniemi, Taivalkoski and Oulu.
Close to the Arctic circle and Russian border, is a natures lover's paradise in the summer. Canoeing in the river Oulankajoki, Oulanka River, in Ruka, Kuusamo, in Finland is an unbelievably relaxing experience, and at the same time very entertaining.
The Santa on the displayed photo is living in a cave in Rovaniemi in Finland. It`s called The Santa Claus Park, which is connected to the Santa Claus Village located nearby. The park was in 2007 awarded by Topworld International and placed as the second best Travel Adventure in Finland. In the huge cave Santa receive eager visitors who make their wishes for Christmas.
Husky driving has become a popular winter recreation and sport in northern Finland. There are two main qualities that are expected of sled dogs: endurance and speed. The dogs are trained for different purposes. Racing sled dogs will travel up to an average 20 mph (32 km/h) over distances up to 25 mi (40 km). That`s what I call real fun on snow!