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Fantastic Finnmark

Art / Experiences got this year the opportunity to be with Norwegian - Culture / Adventure on a journey as far North-East in Norway as you come!

We were taken aback!

The first day the sun shone from a clear sky as we stood and fed reindeer in Kirkenes.

The trip to the snow hotel created big eyes and a high 'wow factor'. Everything was carved out of ice and snow: walls and ceilings, the reception, fireplace, chairs, benches, bar, pictures, beds and headboards and various sculptures and animals. The large ice rink in 'Santa's Christmas workshop' was a nice place for a group photo.

Outside the hotel there was a small toboggan run with large rubber wheels available, while others indulged in 130 huskies that got lots of comfort and attention that day.

The bus took us on to the disused mines in Bjørnevatn, where we first got to see everything from above, then a trip into an open mine, followed by a tour of the huge machines they used to transport the iron ore.

We stayed at Svanhovd, a conference center for bioeconomy, which is also a visitor center for Øvre Pasvik National Park. They served homemade lasagna to us, which tasted absolutely great after a nice day out.

The next day the trip went to Karasjok. We took the shortest route, which involved a trip through Finland - after a short stop at a local shop we understood why Finland is also called 'Mummiland' because here it was everything from cups to biscuits, chocolate and tea that came home in the bus that souvenirs.

The characteristic and beautiful Sami Parliament was first on the agenda. There we got a good impression of Sami politics, history, culture and art.

Today's dinner was eaten in the 'big game' in Sápmi Park - very atmospheric to eat traditional 'bidos' - a kind of stew with reindeer - around the fire with Sami music in the background.

The last item on the program was a fantastic 'magic theater' with a pre-film about Sami culture - set against today's history.

The third day started with a trip to the exhibition at Svanhovd. The students learned about the animals in the national park and were given tasks in connection with this. Then we took a walk out on Fossevatn. The water that separates Norway from Russia is not large, and we could wave over to the other side. The Finnmark race had just passed and we also got to greet a dog team that was only on a training trip.

After we were told that the school would close, the rest of the trip was interrupted, so we had to book a flight home the next day, instead of taking the Hurtigruten down to Svolvær and Lotfoten. The last night was therefore a bit amputated, but very atmospheric with grilling in a large gapahuk, followed by sauna and snow bathing and finally film in the auditorium and waffles.

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