Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Arctic Circle 3.11.2010

Hi! The postmark on the cover displayed says Napapiiri. Now Napapiiri is not a city or a village, napapiiri is the artic circle in samisk languange.There are lot of signs like this in North Sverige or swedish, and written on them is napapiiri , too.
Rovaniemi is the place mentioned in the address of the sender of this cover. It is a city and municipality of Finland. It is the administrative capital and commercial centre of Finland's northernmost province, Lapland. It is situated close to the Arctic Circle and is between the hills of Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara, at the confluence of the Kemijoki River and its tributary, the Ounasjoki. The city and the surrounding Rovaniemen maalaiskuntaRovaniemi) were consolidated into a single entity on January 1, 2006. The new municipality has an area of 8,017.19 square kilometres (3,095.45 sq mi) and an approximate population of 60,000. (Rural municipality of
Rovaniemi is the northernmost point of the electric railway system managed by the Finnish Rail Administration. VR Group operates direct daytime and overnight passenger trains from Rovaniemi Station to Oulu, Tampere, Helsinki and Turku. Diesel-powered passenger trains operate north-east of Rovaniemi to Kemijärvi. Rovaniemi Airport is located about 10 kilometres (6 mi) north of the Rovaniemi city centre.
Rovaniemi is also home to the world's most northern branch of McDonald's
In an untouched forest nearby called Myössäjärvi lies a unique natural wonder of the Ice Age. This "devil’s churn" or glacier mill is unusual because it turned upside-down while it moved to its present location. It's also one of the biggest hollow erratic boulders in the world. This is a unique weather formed boulder that is hollow and one can climb inside.
Rovaniemi Finland is just five miles south of the Arctic Circle, which means that you’ll enjoy plenty of sunlight in the summers and extended darkness in the winters. Come spring and fall, however, the light evens out, and these are the best seasons to view the Northern Lights in Finland. Due to the location of Rovaniemi Finland, the Northern Lights can be seen some 200 nights a year on average, and it’s quite a show. Also known as Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights are rather hard to explain in a sentence or two, but suffice it to say that these natural nighttime light shows are nothing short of spectacular. Many tourists who travel to Rovaniemi come with the hopes of seeing the Northern Lights, and you might be happy to know that the sunsets here are usually pretty phenomenal themselves.

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