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Bivouac in Lapland

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We’re spending four days in the wide open spaces of Lapland to take in its beauty and sample its cuisine! While we’re here, a Finnish couple, Roope and Anna, are staying in the van with us.

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We follow their advice and look for “lakka” along the edges of the tracks. These Arctic berries are very rare, and very popular with the locals. By chance, we stumbled across an orange-tinted marsh, covered in these precious berries.

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Roope and Anna had never seen so many at once! With mosquito hats and hiking boots, we were ready to take on the mud and gather the creamy, amber fruit that isn’t too sweet and is slightly bitter. Here we are with three full boxes of the Finnish dessert, but we still need the main course.

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Roope, a big fishing fan, has all the gear we need: rods, all kinds of lures, knives, waterproof clothing, an inflatable boat, etc. He gave Bertrand some advice to find a better rod. Roope dedicated it to him using his knife.

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We’re going to spend the 4 days together fishing and listening to his advice. The result: 3 broken lines for Elsa, no catches for Anna, 1 pike for Bertrand and tons of perch for Roope.

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There are so many things to see and do in these forests. We came across some friendly reindeer, admired the shapes and colours of wild mushrooms, played a bit of guitar, and tried out the rapids with their rafting boat!

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All our camps had a great view: rivers, lakes, pine forests, rainbows and the midnight sun… But the real charm of a makeshift camp lies in its fire. The bright flames warm hearts and bodies, dry clothes, cook sausages and fish, and even ward off the legions of mosquitoes.

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Even if we may soon forget what we learnt in Anna’s Finnish lessons, we’re certain that Roope’s MacGyver-like tips will be very useful on the next legs of our adventure 😉


[On the road, between the 66°42’42.3″N 26°45’58.7″E and the 67°10’09.7″N 24°56’08.8″E]

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