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In the land of the midnight sun with Ruth and Alan

Finland & Norway #7 – Ivalo

Finland & Norway #7 – Ivalo

Goodbye Norway, hello Finland again Day 14 (1 June): We drove back to Ivalo, having another good look at the snowy mountains before heading for the Tana River and crossing the border back into Finland. There, of course, we made the obligatory stop at the Grosbeak cafe. After dinner, we had a last walk to the viewing platform from where we watched a couple of moose in the distance. Day 15 (2 June): I had a last walk around the…

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Finland & Norway #6 – Båtsfjord

Finland & Norway #6 – Båtsfjord

Day 12 (30 May): We drove to Båtsfjord with stops for birding on the way. The road took us along Tana river and we stopped at Tanamunningen before driving over the mountains to Båtsfjord. Just before we started the descent, Ruth spotted a Snowy Owl, a first for her and for most of the rest of us too. Day 13 (31 May): We drove over the mountains again hoping for another glimpse of the Snowy Owl. We did eventually find…

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Finland & Norway #5 – Vadsø

Finland & Norway #5 – Vadsø

Day 9 (27 May): Having stopped again at the Grosbeak cafe on our way past, we drove to Vadsø, watching for birds and finding some very unusual rustic looking toilet stops on the way. We had been told that there may be some Doterel up the mountain just past Utsjoki so we decided to go and see before crossing the border into Norway. We were lucky and saw four of them in a little group. Lunch was at a big…

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Finland & Norway #4 – Ivalo

Finland & Norway #4 – Ivalo

Day 7 (25 May): We drove on to Ivalo where we were to stay at the next hotel, birding as we went. We crossed the Arctic Circle at Tonkopuro and, a while later, we stopped for a walk up to a mountain plateau near Saariselkä. Day 8 (26 May): We spent the day exploring the area. Before lunch, we stopped off at some Reindeer pens and then drove up a mountain. Lunch was taken at what we nick-named the Grosbeak…

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Finland & Norway #3 – Kuusamo

Finland & Norway #3 – Kuusamo

Day 4 (22 May): We drove on to Kuusamo and had great views of another Hawk Owl. Hawk Owls pretty much ignore people and this pair had set up home on the edge of a farm house garden and right next to a country road. We made a stop at a nature reserve at Liminka on the Baltic Coast and we sat and enjoyed our coffee while watching a Black Woodpecker that was nesting in a big tree on a…

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