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A Quick Trip to Sweden and Winter Sports in Kemi, Finland

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A Quick Trip to Sweden and Winter Sports in Kemi, Finland

Paula Gaston

Again we had a long drive in front of us when we had to return to my parents house from Finnish Lapland. Luckily we got a little break from driving when we stopped at the city of Kemi at my relatives' house. We chose a different route than what we used when going to Ylläs and we stopped at Vihreä pysäkki in the city of Pello to eat. I had a traditional Lappish reindeer stew (yes, we do eat Rudolph in Finland) which is served with mashed potatoes and lingonberries, and my husband ate the reindeer pot. They were both delicious.  

During our short stay at my relatives' in the city of Kemi we got to try old fashioned sleighing 'Napakelkka' on the ice of a frozen lake. I went for a short cross-country skiing trail around the lake and we drove across the border to Sweden. Kemi is very close to the border and people often drive over the another side for shopping. There is no customs due to Schengen zone and going there is very quick and easy. We stopped at the world's biggest candy store and then drove back. So much fun!