Darkness. Snow. Ice. Cold. Here are the words resounding in me every morning when I wake up, words that make me think about these frozen lands that fascinate me so much. They are part of the undefeatable pillars shaping the minimal winter landscapes year after year in northern Finland. Yet, sometimes an intruder splits up (find synonym) this perfect balance, an immaterial force able to transform this haven of peace into a glacial hell …

Yesterday was the winter solstice. The sun reached its lowest altitude at the horizon. It was the shortest day of the year; which means very little light here, in Inari. Unfortunately I have not been able to immortalize this instant because of the persisting cloud cover over our heads. However, today seems really promising with its cold temperature and wind freezing our faces instantaneously. I have been observing the sky with envy. These shiny golden tones

Kaamos: The polar night, period of darkness north of the Arctic Circle when the sun does not rise over the horizon. I love mornings like this one. Sky is clear and wears his deep blue cover. Soon it will get lighter and pale yellowish tones will try to warm up the freezing air we breath in a desperate attempt. The sun has not risen yet. He will not rise today. Kaamos still rules with majesty on these

One thing that fascinates me over the arctic circle is the light. Once the sun does not rise anymore, once the arctic winter has begun, this light lasts no more than a couple of hours but these short moments are blessed by truly unique colors. Pink, orange, yellow, blue, green (northern lights)… Now take every one of these "major" tones and try your own mixes : a little bit of yellow, a pinch of orange

Unfortunately, weather has been grey almost everyday so far. So, I will not show you any magnificent landscapes or northern lights today. Instead I will tell you what a classical day looks like for me here, in Inari. 8:00 AM: Everybody meets for breakfast. We prepare plans for the day and leave to Kotiniemi, the farm where the horses and dogs are. 9:00 AM : The shy light of the arctic winter tends to appear … behind

Just a quick post to write that I finally arrived in Inari after a long and boring stop of twelve hours in Helsinki airport. Hopefully, the force was with me : a free wifi connection was available. Yay! Thank you Mrs Helsinki! So what's next? Not sure yet. But from what I've been told, I'll be training dogs, learning how to ride a horse (not whatever horses, fjord horses, the true viking horses that do not

Those already following me on social networks might already know it : a new adventure is about to begin. I will spend the three coming winter months in Inari, Finland. Although being a major city for tourism in Finland, Inari is a renown place to observe northern lights and to learn about Sámi culture. This winter will surely be memorable concerning these green dancers as the sun will reach a peak in its activity. Can't