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I love snowshoeing! More weekends than not I can be found snowshoeing. Fortunately, last weekend was one of those weekends. Although it wasn’t in the Alps, my usual stomping grounds, but on on the Baltic Sea near Oulu in Finland. Crunch, crunch crunch, across the crusty snow covering the sea. We walked, passing locals who were ice fishing. It seemed to be a good day for fishing. One guy had already caught seven and it was only mid-morning. We continued on. Crunch, crunch crunch. Our guide looking for the perfect spot. Really it was just a means to an end. Our main goal was to catch some lunch with the ice fishing gear in our packs. Little did I know that my snowshoeing skills are far superior to my ice fishing ones. Lets just say, if I was relying on my catch, I would have gone hungry!
Between the ice fishing and snowshoeing, I really felt like a Finn – even if it was just for a day. While we did a short trek, Go Arctic! can arrange longer snowshoe treks into the Finnish forest. This is a peaceful but completely different experience than dog sledding, which we did in nearby Iso Syöte. We also did snowmobiling, which while fun, is not nearly as peaceful. I was actually surprised at how scared I was! Perhaps that explains why I needed to drink like a Finn.
Thank you to Go Arctic! for making my visit possible. As always all opinions expressed are my own.