Friday, 11 November 2011

Paddling in Lapland

Somewhere in Lapland this canoeing duo is enjoying the white water. No indication on the card of where in Lapland this is but I read that this part of Finland is a most famous canoeing destination. The area of Muonio  contains Europe's coolest (the area has longest snow season in Finland) and most free running rivers.  One of the main stages of the Arctic Canoe Race which is considered the toughest canoeing competition of the world is held here.

My sender, Auli, says white water rafting is fun, or at least she has heard so. Like me she has never ventured into the frothing foam.

The card came with
appropriately one of three stamps issued in 2008 depicting rings on water.  Designed by Timo Berry they show that there is lots of watery activity to be had in Finland, not only in rivers but on its 187,888 lakes.  The other stamp is one of this year's Mailboxes set, showing wonderfully individual mailboxes. Like water they too are part of the landscape.  Love the little bird on the top.

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