Thursday, November 20, 2014

November Days

November is the beginning of winter in Lapland. Although, we get the first snow in October (sometimes even in September) it's a month of melting and freezing taking turns. Almost like autumn doesn't want to let go completely just yet and winter is trying to settle anyway.
From mid November the dark time of the year begins meaning the sun will not come over the horizon until mid January. It doesn't mean that it is completely dark during that time of the year, at least not at the Arctic Circle. We get approx. 5-6hrs of daylight during that time. It's like endless sunrise or sunset feeling. Also, when we have snow it never gets completely dark as the snow reflects every bit of light from the atmosphere and the moon becomes our sun, too! It's a bit like magic really but without the snow it would be pitch dark.

This year we have very little snow so far. Not quite enough for driving snowmobile (although some people cannot wait and drive over the frozen lakes) but enough for sledding!

 Getting tired from pulling the sled...

Sleeping time!

Mommy and daddy enjoying the walk and wintry views...

The E45 covered with snow and ice

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