Saturday, February 15, 2014

Scandinavian Snow + Hungarian Snow

This has certainly been a strange winter.  North America has been beat down by epic snow storms, with snow even covering the ground in Texas.  Here in Europe, it has been a fairly mild winter, with very little snow.  So, I suspect half of the northern hemisphere is absolutely sick of the snow, while the other half maybe would like to see a bit more.  Sick of it or missing it, maybe we can agree that it certainly makes everything look a little more beautiful.  Here's my snow pics for the season.  First some snow from beyond the Arctic Circle... 
Russell and I recently had a parents-only weekend in Kakslauttanen, Finland.  If you have ever wanted to hear the sound of complete and absolute silence, this is the place to go.   Like music to my ears!

I was surprised, however, by how much there is to do in this Arctic wonderland.   One day we ventured out with the huskies through the woods.  These animals are absolutely amazing.  They live to race through the woods and will go absolutely nuts when you put the breaks on the sled.    

There's an order to arranging these Huskies too.  You need the clever ones in the front.  These are almost always female.  They guide the sled.  You need strong ones in the back.  They will keep the sled moving right along.  Green huskies go in the middle, where it is a good spot to learn from the front runners.  
We spotted lots of reindeer plowing through the snow.  Some of them looked like families, taking an afternoon walk.  One night we rode snow mobiles around and came upon some reindeer crossing our path in the darkness.  It was a bit like having a deer run in front of your car while driving at night.  

We stayed in a cabin out in the woods.  The lodge keeper gave us this handy sled to get our luggage out to the cabin.  Best bellman ever right here.  
We came across a couple of different igloos too.  This was one carved out of a giant chunk of ice.
And this is a new one.  A whole village of  glass igloos for watching the aurora borealis.
And some snow igloos.  I think you can stay in these, but there is a strong chance you will freeze to death in the night.  Pass on that.
The high for the day.  This place was just what we needed for two days of complete peace and quiet.  But we sure did miss these guys, though...
Budapest got a touch of snow as well.  It's been a strange winter because it hasn't been too cold and there has been almost no snow.   Last year was pretty miserable, though, so I'm not complaining. 
She is pretending to hug him.  If you can zoom in, she is actually eating his marshmallow out of his hand.  The marshmallow was the only way I could coax little man outside.  ;)

Sadly, there's no more Hungarian snow.  It all melted and it doesn't look like there will be any more this year.  So, bring on Spring!!  Bring on Spring everywhere!!


  1. Even though I hate being cold this looks like one of the neatest adventures ever!! I've seen those glass igloos passed around on pinterest on people's 'dream' boards! You're living the dream Meryl!! So cool.

  2. Love your finland pics! Amazing!

  3. Wow I did not know how far behind I was in following you blog! Glad I was able to get caught up during my lunch break today :) Love and miss you friend!!


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