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Utsjoki

Giisá village hall | Ellin polku trail | Utsjoki church cottages | Saami bridge

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Skaidijärvi trail | Alaköngäs | Northernmost point of the EU

Small pleasures

Can you remember the last time you played at skimming stones? Or, just sat on the porch doing nothing? We often fail to notice the small, simple pleasures of life that are right there in front of us. You do not always need to travel to distant lands or invest a small fortune in new hobby equipment to be able to live life to the maximum. As a young child, you used to enjoy the little things. Have you forgotten how to do that?

Why not become an explorer and look at your surroundings through new eyes? Just grab your backpack, pack a nice lunch, put on your hiking shoes or hop on your bike. Remember to pack a chunk of dried meat as well! You can use your knife to carve small strips of it to pop into your mouth. If you have a fattier cut of meat, sharpen a wooden stick and roast the meat over a campfire. Food always tastes better when eaten outside.

Relax and enjoy the world of sounds surrounding you. Take a break by a river or a lake and sit down to fish for a while. Collect a handful of flat stones and see if you still remember how to make them skim off the surface of the water.

Hop into a rowboat. Enjoy the gentle splashing of water and the steady rhythm of the oars. Listen to the echoes of the sounds of nature under the Saami Bridge.

Be alert, smell the wind. Conquer a hill or a fell and breathe in the wide open spaces of the wilderness.

Heat the sauna. Go for a swim and enjoy the fresh air, before diving back into the welcoming warmth. The relaxing heat will soothe your aching muscles, as well as your restless mind.

When autumn comes and the leaves start to turn red and yellow, it is time to go hiking in the forest. Marvel at the beauty of the bright colours of autumn. Challenge your friends to a game of flashlight tag when night falls! Hide in the bushes, flash your light, and try to become invisible before someone catches you. Do not make a sound!

When the cold winter arrives, throw yourself down into the snow and make a snow angel or two. Take your kick-sled for a spin or grab your skis and spend a few hours in the wilds. Take a moment to admire the animal tracks you come across. How many can you find?

Do you remember how children used to spend more time playing outside? In Utsjoki, you can revisit these precious memories – there is space, peace and quiet for as far as the eye can see.