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Finnmark 2007 Diary » Blog Archive » In the high tundra

In the high tundra


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Thursday, 29th March from Somajauri to Dittnulahku, the longest day we’ve had on this expedition climbing up the two peaks, one of 1020 metres and the next one 1050 metres. Last night we met a Sámi healer, and we hope to meet him for an interview in the next few days. Yesterday we just escaped the Finnish police when we rushed with the dogs to the sacred Sámi stone. The police could have impounded the dogs and us but we managed to cross the border before their three snowmobiles caught us up. Tomorrow we are hoping also to meet with some Finnish Sámi herders. These days in the high tundra, out of touch, out of reach, entirely operating on our own resources have been extraordinarily special.

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Euan (journalist), Tom-Frode (guide), and Ellen-Anne (Sámi interpreter and reindeer-herder) recovering after escaping from the Finnish border patrol.

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