So, since people like pictures so much, I thought I would give you a few to get a feel of what it is like for us in Kilpisjärvi. The following photos were taken by the CONCUR team.
To start is off, the thing that brought us here ICE!
Now, 8 of us are living in a cottage that has many out-buildings and is right on the lake. Luckily we have room for everyone and most importantly, we have a coffee-maker and a dishwasher.
The animals here are very interesting. The various birds are quite astounding. Reindeer are quite common to see. Also, we have noticed that there are giant bumblebees here, maybe it’s their cold-weather coats that makes them so large.
The ice seems to go on forever. The lake is approximately 7.5 km long and 3 km wide, so it makes for a long walk when you want to sample every 50 m, and you can’t use a snowmobile.
When we arrived, the ice wasn’t touching the shore, so a bridge was built (well another was built later to accommodate the widening gap).
When access isn’t possible, a boat is always a good option for transportation, especially when you aren’t the one doing the rowing.
However, when you hit solid ice, it gets a bit hard to paddle, so that is when you push.
A great way to pass the time between measurements is taking photos.
Well, I hope that gave you a bit of an idea of our experience on our lake. There will be more photos and thrilling posts to come.
Now for TWO Finnish words of the blog: pähkinät (nuts, as in peanuts, cashews, etc.) and kasvisruoka (vegetable diet). You can guess our interest in those particular words…
Seuraavaan kertaan! (Until next time!)