Crossing the Border

I have been living in Northern Finland for the last six months and now the snow has finally cleared it was time to make a trip. The five hour drive north to Tromsø, Norway. It was the beginning of May but that didn’t stop it from snowing the night before.

I had seen much of the Finnish landscape while driving from Helsinki last year and it can easily be summarised, lakes and trees. And lots of them. But then I was told about the landscape around Kilpisjärvi and how beautiful it was. I wouldn’t necessarily consider this as typical Finnish scenery as it was pretty much Norway or Sweden being that close to their borders, but it was beautiful none the less.

Crossing the Border

Kilpisjärvi, Finland

It was surprising how quickly the landscape changed once we crossed the border into Norway. Finland had been grey and dull but 10 km after the border the clouds cleared and made way for clear blue skies. The hills grew from rocky outcrops and became magnificent mountains. The weather was warmer, the snow on the ground was gone and only lay on the mountain sides. It was obvious, Norway was better.

Crossing the Border

10 km into Norway

More from Norway HERE.

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