Less than 48 hours to Aihkiniemi…
Right now preparing for my AIH22 expedition to Aihkiniemi in the northernmost part of Finnish Lapland. I’m leaving Vardø early on saturday morning, and ETA in Aihkinimi is around 10:00 UTC the same day. Driving time to Aihkiniemi from Vardø on summer roads is somewhere between 3,5 to 4 hours, but in the winter, on icy roads one has to expect at least one hour more in the driving seat. Besides all the snow and ice, the sun is now below the horizon 24/7 and one has to drive very carefully due to the risk of accidents with moose and reindeers. These buddies are difficult to spot in the darkness, especially if one is driving too fast.
Conditions is expected to be rather poor during the first one or two days of the expedition, due to an upcoming high speed proton stream and the smorgasboard of other disturbances that’s occouring right now, but hopefully the conditions will improve gradually later on.
There’s no internet available in Aihkiniemi, except via the cellphone net. I will try to have daily updates here in the blog, using my Samsung Galaxy Tab, but don’t expect too much as the roaming costs are outrageous.