I was at the top of the 'F' of Finland.
Flew out on an Airbus A321.
35,000ft at 500mph!
Arriving at the hotel(li) is comforting in this very different land.
The temperature in Lapland rarely ever goes above freezing in the winter months... Brrr
The language barrier was a little problematic at times.
3 house-points to whoever can decipher this catchy little headline!
Levi town centre.
Time to hit the slopes and continue learning snowboarding.
Extra balance is provided from the ears... honestly :]
Me boardin' buddy Andy.
We talk the talk far better than we board... erm... the board?
Warning!!! Extreme crash footage follows.
NOT for the faint-hearted!
When I said "hit the slopes" I meant it!
Serves me right for such temerarious behaviour :)
A very frozen lamp-post up top.
A beautifully barren wasteland of ice, snow and trees.
The main north slopes back down into Levi town.
Reindeer roaming free on the fell.
There are many of these little huts called Kotas dotted around the hill.
Inside there's always a fire burning to warm up by.
This, believe it or not, is a bar!!!
Much to my surprise (and in a Tardis style) I opened the door to see a handful of people merrily drinking beer and even a waitress serving behind a little bar!
Extreme public toilets :0)
By the end of the week, I was riding with the aplomb of a pro boarder... Almost!
Probably one of the most breathtaking experiences of my life!
Witnessing the northern lights - The aurora borealis!
The aurora streaking across the top of the drag lifts
At the top
Against frozen trees
Looking North over Levi
Swirling over the peak
Dancing over the valley mist
Flowing out over the clouds
That's it for part 1 folks.
Don't miss part 2 next week!
Today, I'm Most Angry About: Getting caught blatantly staring at a woman's breasts in today's circuit training class! :
Grrr-O-Meter Rating: 1.1/10
Today's Top Tip: Air travellers: Spice up the mundane task of going through airport security by walking bandy-legged like you're concealing something up your bottom*.
[* Will not be held responsible for any 'probing' that may follow]