Miraculous times in Northern vicinity
Thank you all for you response! Toni, if you become a student blogger, I for certain, will give you my comments. Hyoshil, I am sorry to tell you that I am not able to find Scandinavian witch story books in English for your son to read. Maybe you could ask the Library in U.K?
I am glad I found the time to write once more before the student blog closes. Also I must say that I am pleased that Christmas is behind us for another year, so much hassle!
Nevertheless one more note about Christmas, I am pleased to tell you that Santa in Finland had over 700 000 letters this year from all over the world. It is a lot of letters to answer. As you may know our Santa is 400 years old. Luckily he has a gadget in his possession to slow the time circle; without it he could not visit everyone over the globe.
In my previous blogs I talked about our Polar night. Well many people find the dark fascinating. Over 500 charter flights landed in Lapland in December to witness our winter. In January the figure is estimated to be only about 200 flights, but all and all we are talking about 120 000 visitors mainly from U.K, Russia and Ukraine.
Let us hope the visitors to Finland are able to withes Northern Lights splendor (photos below). We call this miraculous occurrence in Finnish “Revontulet”, but they maybe are known to you as Aurora Borealis. I doubt that you were aware that when seeing the lights up in the night sky, you are able to get them dance wild by whistling. According to old Lappish tale, you must whistle and thump you feet on the ground simultaneously, and hence, you will be rewarded by even more staggering light show.
I hope you find the photos below interesting. With a kind permission of Newspaper Kaleva I am able to share them with you. You may get the picture larger by double clicking your mouse key on right side.
The first picture is taken in Kuusamo, about 200 kilometers from my home town and the other photo has been shot in Tromso, in Norway.
Copyright Kaleva / Heikki Ketola
Copyright Kaleva / Jarmo Kontiainen
When I see the Northern lights again, I will whistle and think of you!
BBC LE thank you!
Happy New Year from your mate Leila in Finland.
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