Wednesday, October 14, 2015

1999 Visit to the Arctic Circle -- Post 382 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

I'm posting old (and sometimes new) family photographs from my collection on Wednesdays, but they won't be wordless posts like others do - I am incapable of having a wordless post.

Here are some of the most precious (to me) images from my Seaver/Leland photograph collection:

In August 1999, we went to Scandinavia on vacation.  We visited Stockholm in Sweden, Tornio, Kuopio and Helsinki in Finland, Tallinn in Estonia, and Oslo, Voss and Bergen in Norway.

Our visit to Finland was the highlight - we got to visit the families of our two foreign exchange "daughters" - Mia from Tornio and Anna from Kuopio who were with us for three weeks in 1994 in Chula Vista.  

One of the day trips we took with Mia's family was to Rovaniemi, a town on the Arctic circle north of Tornio.  The town has drawn a line denoting the Circle (67 degrees North), has a Santa's workshop, and a reindeer exhibit.

Since it was August, we found Santa away from his workshop and the elves toasting in the sun.  From the left are Randy, Linda, Mia and Aila with Santa:

In the photo below, Linda is on one side of the Circle and I am on the other:

I got a closeup of the only reindeer seen - I wonder which one this is.  It's not Rudolph, that's for sure:

This is as far north as I've ever been on the ground.

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