NEWSLETTERS 2008

Tallinn, Estonia (Part 2:08.09.08-04.12.08)

The border crossing from Russia into Estonia was once again interesting ... yes let's say interesting! We were told that walking over the border would be no problem (unlike from Finland into Russia), and luckily it wasn't ... there was even a separate border crossing point only for pedestrians. We were seriously concerned about one thing, though...

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Kingisepp, Russia (Part 1: 08.09.08-04.11.08)
As expected, it took a few weeks longer than usual before we got internet access and the possibility to let you (our dedicated e-news expedition supporter) know what has been happening and how we experienced Russia …
 
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Helsinki, Finland (03.08.08 09.09.08)

This newsletter comes out a bit later than expected ... purely because a lot has happened and we've been really busy! Despite the fact that we could not have our planned rest until now we were informed about a tradgic death in Tina's family ...

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Kivijrvi, Finnland (27.06.08 02.08.08)

After the organisational and administrative stay-over in Oulu (we finalised our route through Russia and our visas are in the process - See the new detailled route on our website) we've been on the road again for two week and are physically and mentally fit, proven by the distance we've covered lately. We are quite close to Jyväskylä now, walking between 20 and 30km per day and we even broke the 40km barrier the other day ...

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Oulu, Finland (29.05.08 26.06.08)
We’ve covered 1000kilometres (1/8th of our expected total distance) and roughly calculated some of our most consumed items as ”statistics that nobody really needs to know” for pure amusement … read more...
Rovaniemi, Finland (30.04.08 - 29.05.08)
The 300km stretch between Ivalo and Rovaniemi was everything but boring. We left Ivalo with slightly heavy legs - The weather changed dramaitcally over the last few days and spring arrived. Even though there was still tons of snow around, the sun was beating down so intense that one could literally watch the snow vanish. This change in weather also brought us some unexpected problems ... read more...
Ivalo, Finland (08.04.- 29.04.08)

Ale Moras ... "There´s nothing to worry about!" Those were the calming and wise words from Esther, the Sami natural healer and soulmate we met in Polmak after leaving Tana bru and just before entering Finland. Through Esther we could also do a presentation at the school in Auster Tana and we got a few dehydrated meals and maggots fro ice fishing sponsored by businesses in the area. For the cold nights ahead we received two raindeer skins to sleep on and some drid raindeer meat for those Saturdays when all Ruan can think about is watching rugby, eating biltong (South Africá`s dried meat) and having a few beers.

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Tana Bru, Norway (16.03.08 - 07.04.08)
Everything is white and the air smells like winter leaving the taste of snow behind in our mouths. Only through the yellow lenses of our skigoggles are we able to recognise any dimention in this barren landscape. Icy snowflakes whip against the goggles and sting like needles on our faces at minus 30 degrees Celcius. A strong side wind creates fingers of snow crawling from one side of the tarmac road to the other, dragging a carpet of snow behind it to cover the whole surface within minutes. Our pulkas are drifting all over the road throwing us around over the centimetre thick ice. A storm was brewing all over Finnmark and we, so small and insignificant, became part of this endless white desert stretching to the horison in all directions as far as the eye can see.
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Start Mehamn (until mid March 2008)
After a stressful start we are now in Mehamn at "Vidar theViking`s Adventure Camp"

The walk to the northernmost tip of Europe (Cape Norkyn) was a success and the expedition officially started as we faced South turning our backs to Norkyn(10.03.2008). We had three and a half adventurous and great days on the peninsula with 2 friends from Baden (Specht & Nico) who joined us for the start.

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