RVing in Finland: Road Trip to the Arctic Circle and Beyond
Here's, our sunlight, t69. L, from, savonia, caravan so let's, go explore Finland. I'm. Riding. Riding riding, in. My RBI, RV. Wherever. I want. To be. You. Guys I'm free in. My RV. Well. Good morning. From our campground, hearing Helsinki, Finland before, we leave towards the Lapland, some housekeeping, is in order here more specifically, dumping. The cassette toilet and excuse. My clumsiness, but, it's only my second, time doing it. If. I. Go to the damn station, I promise. I'll show you how it's done before the trip is over. Let's. Head over to the greywater dump, station, first which is basically a hole on the ground. How. You dump the greywater. And, this is how you fill, up the water the fresh water. Did, you get that mmm. Neither, did I the, GPS lady is obviously talking to me in English but the street names are in Swami and this, language at least for English speakers, is very hard, to understand. I. Still. Have a map, on my phone to glance at and I'm actually more comfortable sometimes, that follow in that then, listening, to the verbal commands and more of a visual kind of guy but, actually, this is one of the most alluring aspects. Of travelling overseas you know trying to figure out how to navigate in, a different language different rules. Different, customs. It is fascinating. Look. How many street lamps, they have over the highway I guess. To bring light, to the long cold, winter, nights perhaps. I'm. Just guessing here. Check. Out this tunnel how cool, it looks inside with just a bare rock exposed, as, also, find out a lot of tunnels in this area of the world are like that always. Very, well lit though, this. Very first leg, of the trip we're just driving a little over half an hour to the nearby town, of porvoo, I'm just getting, used to drive in the Takato here, I haven't, driven stick shift in over 10 years but apparently it's just like we're riding a bicycle you never really forget it well. This is it Porterville as, we cross the port raja key here now, let's, try and find parking. This. Looks promising I see a big P let's. See where that leads. Yep, I'll, take it I think. This will be fine. Let's. Explore a little bit. Macchiato. Now. This place very, nice and our house, is. Right there perv oh by the way is the second, oldest, town in Finland. Founded. In 1380. Let's. Walk towards, the old town. Go. Check out an old Citroen, truck, many. Of the houses here, in Old Town date, back to the 18th, and 19th centuries, and. There. Is a real town not just for tourists, people actually live, here. This. Here is one of the main streets, very, touristy with, all kinds of boutiques, and cafés.
Museum. Here. We have a house sideways. And the, building that used to be the city hall nowadays, the city museum. And. Here is the river. We continue working. We're. Going to walk on this road here uphill. To, reach the cathedral. Very. Old, cobblestones. A. Little, disoriented. Here. This. Here is the kid Kotori or Church Square. Mall. Cathedral, here yeah, it doesn't have that grandiose. Image, that you associate, with other, cathedrals. But. Let's, check it out anyways, it is supposed to be the top thing to do here in Porto, it. Is one of the oldest, and largest, cathedrals. In the whole country, some, parts actually dates, back to the 11th, century and, we, get a little bit of a view of the river from, up here, lucky. For us they're, gonna have an organ concert, and it's going to begin here in a few minutes we, might not be able to stay for the whole thing but how, timely is that for us huh the. Building itself has been through a lot over, the years it, was originally, a Catholic, Church then. During the Reformation, that just removed some icons painted, over some murals and voila now we are Protestant, it, burned to the ground, four times between 1300. And 1700, it, was even hit by a bomb during, World War one and the roof someone, set it on fire again in 2006. So. After all that I wonder, what's really, left from, the 11th, century but, if they say so it, must be true. The. Oregon concert, is definitely, one of those things, that are very hard, to plan and you, are grateful when they happen serendipitously. Like this. Well. Let's, continue exploring. A little bit here on our way back to the RV going. Through the narrow cobblestone, streets. Very cool town we liked it would, have loved to stay longer and we are as usual a little pressed for time we, are meeting up with a viewer for lunch and then, with our friend Petrie for dinner. Shoppin. We have to name our. European. RV. If. We, go to Vitalis, house, continued. For two kilometers. Riding. Riding. In my RV. Wherever. I want. To be. Guys, I'm free if. I RV. I'm. Writing. I'm. Writing, in, my RBI, RV. Wherever. I want, to me. Because. I'm free if. I are me. Batali. And his mum Valentina, are viewers, of the channel and very graciously, invited, us to lunch at, their home here, we. Are at Ali's house and I want to thank him first, of all for the hospitality of inviting, me here to his home. His. Mom. We've. Been watching. Travel, videos and he. Fed me and. They. Have a beautiful home beautifully, decorated and, Vitali, is working on a very innovative startup, called desk, meet calm, well, till, we meet again. Yeah. Vitalis company is really cool you can reserve a desk in an office space by clicking on this 3d, office, map looks. Very cool and he explained the technology, behind it and it is actually a very good idea for travelers. Because sometimes, you need a comfortable, space to work with good, internet while. On the road speaking. Of the road we, are on it again on our way to the town of varrock house where. Our host friend, opt, well. That's where he lives and we're, gonna hang out tonight I just, noticed one, thing in the USA all the semi trucks have a big nose in the front where the engine, is and here. They're all flat in the front. That's. A curious difference. In design. I'm, riding. Riding. In my RV. Wherever. I. And. Guys I'm. Hearing, Finland I've seen lots of cars towing this small, trailers, with a plastic, cover I wonder. What the deal is with those. And. It seems like the weather is improving thankfully. Yeah. Let's follow the RV we're. Probably going, to the same place. In. 600 meters turn right at the first little. Whistlin, time for two o'clock our campground, here is located, at the contour, anta Hotel, and Spa on the shores of Lake Como selca very.
Close To pitiless, home and downtown. VAR cows and, here. We are let's, go and check in here's. The trail very, nice and overall. A very quiet, and peaceful place here, there's, nice, houses on the other side of the lake. Yeah. That's part of residential. Var cows I. Am. Fascinated by, the clouds these, latitudes. They. Seem different, somehow. And. Don't. Be fooled by the daylight, is, 8 p.m. here in early, June and that's, the Oscar where we are going to have dinner tonight but first a Peter II and his wife give us a quick tour of their hometown although. This. Was one of those instances when I was more in the moment they, don't really shoot a whole lot of video with. It take some pictures at the Oscar, with, Peter II his wife Annie and his friend and partner Tommy, Ely. And I had a great time sharing, with them getting, to know each other and one, of the best hamburgers, I've ever had all, the way here in Finland, once. Again I want to thank Peter II for inviting, us to his great country, by. The way it is like 11:00 p.m.. Well. Hello everybody and greetings from the Contenta campground, here in umber, cows of Finland, so here we have the, Finnish. Staple, which is the. Sauna. Let. Me see if I can show you how. It works Lots, right now what what you do after, getting out of the sound are you come running, down this path towards. The lake and, here. You. Jumped, into, the freezing. Cold water and. Then. You come out. Go. Back to the cellar and. Repeat. Let's. Go into the main office to find out where the dump station is, located. Hmm. They're singing, here and, there. Seems to be an Irish pub mmm, too bad we're living. There. Is an indoor, pool with, a slide a. Soccer. Field and. Beautiful. Views of the lake. And there's. A beautiful view of our camper, which we have Christians, savonia. And, now. Time, for the daily chore of emptying, the cassette toilet and, that's. Where you deposit, you, know the, stuff. Looks. Like, I missed a spot by just, an. Inch or self we, continue towards the Lapland. To. Cut the family of little ducklings, grass, in the street. Very. Very, cute. Let's. Fill up with diesel. We. Found this place where you can get propane, and. Now we're, looking for a supermarket. Preferably. One with an alcohol, next to it. That's. A lot of syllables. We're. Going to this supermarket. Here called the little, but. If, we're going to park on the streets we're going the wrong way okay. Much. Better this will do we've. Got an alcohol, and a little what, else could we possibly ask, for let's get our cards. By. The way in order to get a shopping cart you have to deposit a euro or some other going to release it and then, you get your euro back when you return the cart, well. Now that we have enough provisions, to survive a week in the tundra. Not. Really the, journey continues, but before that let's go for a quick cruise around for cows here. Yeah. We drove around here last night, if you can call that twilight, night with, Peter II but, I wanted to see it again. See. Another one of those trailers, with a plastic, top they, seem to be very popular. There. Are all these multicolored. Flowers on, the side of the road and, maybe I'll get a better shot further north. As, it usually is, more. The norm than the exception we. Are again. Behind. Schedule here, going north. Rovaniemi, in the Lapland, region, of, Finland. We're late doesn't, really matter we're gonna see as much as we can. The good thing is that the resin doesn't get dark on the relates up when I tried. There's, this city bowl. There's. Another place after that. Yeah. Check out all these flowers on the side of the road it kind of reminds me of the fire weed in Alaska, we, are going to stop at the next city, here called co-op EO and try to get an invert Eddy which is how you say inverter in Swami, because, it looks like we're going to be boondocking. A lot and we need to charge our devices, using the house battery, and, here, we are eally my navigator, found, this store called the MOT inept they, sell all kinds of, automotive. Stuff including. Inverters, we're, going to try and get an inverter, here, at. Moto net, what. A net and, but an, inverter, so, now we've got power. And. I got me an energy drink just you know for an emergency. Even. Though savonia, here doesn't have solar panels or generator, we're.
Going To be driving daily, so it should stay pretty well charged, throughout, the trip even charging, the phones the computer, and the cameras, nightly. Iceland. Borders the same the same latitude. Or else we're. Getting really really up there. Even. Though we are inching closer and closer to the arctic circle it, doesn't feel very remote. At all there, are small, towns and services, every few kilometers, although, I suspect, that will become further and further apart the, norther we get. We. Change direction here. At asal, me and i'm, getting tired. Okay. Let's, take a break. We're. Gonna take a break here I do, believe that in all these parking. Areas on the side of the road you. Are. Allowed to overnight. You know boondock if you really have to nobody is going to bother. You they have a law here called, every. Man's rights or something like that so so, basically as. Long as you, don't bother the. Property. Or the environment or what have you I don't know exactly how it works you, are allowed to. Stay, and. That's what I might do tonight later. On but it's getting really chilly out, here is like six degrees for and Celsius. I'm. Getting used to Celsius I'm gonna use the kilometers, see. So. I got. My groove back on a driving, stick shift is so. Yeah. It's. Been so far and very, nice trip and the trip is just getting, started. We're. Gonna stop now at this time at this town called Oulu, I think it's right on them on the on the coast very close to Sweden actually beautiful, countryside, here in, in. Finland. We'll. Continue on, the road. That's, a drop at this time by the way it, is like 9. P.m., or something like that. In. My original plan we were going to make it all the way to revenue, Emmy today by the Arctic, Circle how. Funny am i we'll. Be lucky if we make it to Oh loop, but, hey that's why we don't really make reservations. Or have rigid, plans because, they always change. This, particularly, straight, and wide stretch, of highway, here is the road to mojo key highway strip designed. To serve as an auxiliary runway. For, military aircraft. It, is like. The eternal Twilight. The. Sun that never sets. 10. P.m. not. More hours ago. Overnight. Like night. Mmm. RV dealer perhaps. But. Now it looks like they are repaving, the road. I'm. Too tired for this. You. See I almost missed my exit. Here. We are only and we, found this boondocking, spot using an app it is called the motorhome parkings, and it links to the camper contact, website, it, is by no means complete, but, it lists some motorhome. Parkings like this one where we staying at tonight also, regular, campsites, and service, areas which are basically, places to empty the gray water the chemical toilet and to get fresh water this. One here is just a free parking lot at this marina just one kilometre from downtown, most. Of the reviews are in other languages, but there, is a translate. Button. Handy. I. Really. Think we, hit the jackpot here. This. Is our boondocking, spot for the night hearing oulu finland it is 11:30, p.m., and. Yes. It's. Still light out I, think. Sunset is supposed to be at midnight we, have some neighbors. Everybody, is very white. Six. Degrees Celsius here. In. Finland. But. We're gonna go to sleep and. Continue, on the road tomorrow, I think I've earned my, IPA, from. Asami we passed by there today, well. Good morning. Rainy. Morning. Like. I know it is breakfast, time and we're gonna make. Some. Breakfast. Scramble. That's because it's probably have by. The way got some instant coffee Finnish, eggs. You. Know their heart language. Cheese. Let's, eat. While. We're here let's go buy downtown, real quick although with this weather I don't think we're going to be able to do much. There's. A big parking lot but now, let's, just park on the street. In. Downtown always. Rain, very, very bad weather today but. I. Want to show you something, here in downtown by. The way this product gets very nice you. Know a happening, place later. In the day a lot. Of. Outdoor. Cafes here in the summer. Unfortunately. The weather is not cooperating today, but. This is a very famous statue, here, of this. Police. Officer and. We're just gonna check. It out and then back to the RV because the. Camera is getting wet. Right, here. Only. Yeah I think we're going to explore, all loop, on the way back let's continue the, Arctic Circle awaits. That's. An, interesting. Way of driving, I guess people, tread the road as if there was a third, lane in the middle seems. Kind, of dangerous under.
These Weather conditions, you. See that's a practice I had never seen before and apparently it is widespread here. Because everybody. Seems to be doing it and this, is the thing there is a law here that, semi trucks are limited, to 80 km/h which. In my opinion is ridiculously, slow but they, must have a reason for that right then, RVs are limited to 100, now. In many places the speed limit can be as high as 120. So. It's natural, that passenger, cars will want to pass you so yeah, makes, total sense. Different. Countries different, rules but that's, what we travel right. Hmmm, I wonder what's going on, apparently. The road is closed. Is. There another route. Okay yes don't hear okay thank you. The, GPS doesn't, know how to handle this doesn't show any alternate, routes and I totally forgot what she said after Tornillo, so we'll, take it one intersection, at a time the. Rota Roman Rovaniemi. Is closed so we have to seek an alternate route and. Not. Sure exactly what the police officer, told me. Laughs. Dr. Rex friction ball TT oh, my. Get there. The. Good news is that it stopped raining. Turn. I spoke too soon and there, is like sleet I guess, I've never seen sleet before but it certainly, fits the description. Blue. Skies sort, of and rain. Again and ten, minutes later beautiful, weather. I'm. Telling. You the weather is kind of crazy up here, you. Can see it change before your very eyes it's, surreal. We. Are getting close to Rovaniemi. Home, of Santa, Claus and the, Arctic Circle. That's. The Arctic Circle right there. Yeah. It is great to be here but first, things first the red light on the cassette toilet has, turned on again and there it is a nasty job but, someone's, gotta do it maybe, we're doing it wrong but it's like a daily, thing for us and. At. This location is just a manhole on the ground. It's. That new. It. Certainly doesn't look like rain maybe it is lit but since we've never seen it before in, any case it is very emotional, for us to see this type. Of precipitation, let's. Go see Santa Claus. And. We're. Parked exactly. At, the Arctic Circle. According. To legend, Santa, was actually, born in korvatunturi, but. Apparently it is too out of the way by the Russian, border so they decided to make the tourist attraction, here. Of, course this, line changes. Constantly because the earthing seem in constant, change, but. It will be a real pain in the butt to change, the line every every, year. Of. Course they are playing Christmas music, non-stop. They. Have a place where you can take a picture with Santa but you have to pay so we, decided against it. Here's. The restaurant, where we wanted to eat but it, is closed, apparently. We are too early in the season here, on the 7th of June. Let's. Step one more time over there. Arctic. Circle. Okay. Now we are above the Arctic Circle well. Let's see if we can get something to eat here, I got. This out a reindeer, and Ely got this salmon soup. Here. We are straddling, the Arctic, Circle and, decides, this, let. Me tell this was a little bit of a fail because the. Restaurant, that I wanted, to eat at it's. Actually still, closed for, the season I. Was. Able to mail, some postcards. And, see. The Arctic Circle and from here we'll continue north so. Let's. See let's, see where where, we end up hopefully. We'll make it to north cap which is the northernmost, place, in the world where you can that. You can drive to actually we. Still have six hundred and eighty kilometers, to go. We're. Going back to Romania. Me, here real quick, a few, kilometers south. There are a bunch of attractions, and museums in, town but the real reason we're here is we. Forgot to buy some, necessities some, groceries, namely, water, we've. Been to Kay market, and little so now let's try Prisma. Well. This place is huge. Pretty, overwhelming. They. Have a whole aisle devoted. To ice cream. Yeah. I think from now on we're going to stick to smaller supermarkets. If we can find them. Discombobulated. But I'm sure, they understand, that where everything is is just. Strange. And, just potatoes and more potatoes, and. More. Potatoes. Is, a whole aisle of frozen, potatoes, well. That was certainly an experience and, one, of the reasons why we travel probably. To. Us it felt like a mess in there but I'm sure they, understand, everything, it's.
Just It's, just different oh. This. Won't start we got some food as, you can see we. Have all the, essentials, and. We. Have food too whoo this are really good well, I'm sure the Finnish people would find Walmart, as puzzling, as I found this, Prisma. Mega. Store, mega markets. Anyways. Let's continue towards. The. North as. Far north as we can drive. It's, been very hard to find still, you know none carbonated. Mineral water. Here in Finland it almost seems, like old a drink here is carbonated, and the, language barriers, doesn't, help. We. Cross the Arctic Circle again. And here's. Another arch, with, the sign for the people coming south let's, go this way I've seen pictures of a hotel, with glass, igloos, but. I guess we're here at the wrong time of the year for that it. Is supposed to be really cool, particularly. In the winter because, you can see the Northern Lights. The. Arctic Circle here is the southernmost, point, in the world where the Midnight, Sun is possible, and that'll happen here in the summer solstice, now, the further we travel north the, longer that window, of opportunity becomes. For, example at the North Cape where we going the Sun does not set for, 76. Days from, May 14th, through, July 29th, and here, we definitely, have another highway, strip you know a section of the highway that can be used as a runway like, an airport, if needed. We. Start encountering some rolling, hills lots. Of, RVs in this area. Who. Souvenirs. Let's stop real quick. I have, a lot, of cool stuff here. From. The Sami the indigenous culture, of the Lapland, we. Get a magnet, and a sticker to put in the back of minute inning. Okay, let's park here take another break and fly, a little. Great. Views of the Lapland, from this bird's eye perspective. I'm. Actually quite surprised, way, up here in the middle of the Lapland you can find the towns like this one so well developed. Here's. A cafe and I could use some coffee right, now but it is of course closed. Everything, is closed it may not look like it but it's like 8:30, p.m.. We. Continue pushing through but I think we're gonna color night and boondock around here there is a free campsite, here to the left and isn't. This nice if we found it with this other app called Park for night, it's. Really cool with different icons, representing. Different types of location, this. One is in, the surrounded. By nature category. Well. Yeah we have found the perfect. Boondocking. Spot here. Well. We gotta find the perfect shot right. We're. Celebrating, our first, at Midnight Sun with, the bottle of cava.
Because. Champagne. Is too expensive. Salut. Well. It was technically, not our first Midnight, Sun of the trip the, Sun actually set last night for, a little bit we're. Still about two weeks away from the summer solstice here, and I. Guess we're still not at a latitude high, enough where the Sun stays above the horizon, this early in the year. Unfortunately. The weather is deteriorating. And the forecast, does not look promising. There, are a bunch of places in this area on the side of the road selling, souvenirs. Our, next stop is in re where, we are going to have lunch, almost. Dinner, but, before that we need to make our daily, cassette, toilet dump, and get, some VC. Which, is finished for water, and. It is complicated sometimes, because almost, every. Single place is different, let's. Park here and find out how it works at this particular, station there. Vesey, and Alma water, and air I'm telling you I'm getting, the hang of it give me a couple of months and I'll be fluent, in Swami. Maybe. Not. We. Take a quick detour to, see the old hooker Conan national, park but. This is not something you just pass, by and see it to, truly enjoy it you need to do some hikes and, spend some time. There. Are many many, lakes here, as we are approaching finally. In Harry. As. Eager. As we are to get there and eat sometimes. You gotta stop and take, a break. Smell. The lake, enjoy. The, precipitation. It, is like tiny little hail. I think. What, it is snowing in, the Lapland, and. Here, we are finally. In Airy and we, had great plans for this town it is one of the main places to experience, the Sami culture but. We're just gonna have time to eat. We're. Here let's have, lunch. Nice. To have a. Motorized. RV, we're. Going to adhere at the Inari hotel, at the restaurant. He's. Having happy Joe. These. People on the boat getting, ready to leave, that. Would be nice to, take a cruise on the lake. If. They. Go. It. Looks like salmon that is actually trout and the, reindeer, fillet delicious. Let's. Eat. Before. We continue I have to pass by the pasti to, send a postcard. Let's. Continue, Norway, awaits. Hey, no reason flag there we must be getting close. Well. This is actually the junction, with router 92, which. Goes into Norway. It. Is a pretty fun, drive, on, this, hills here, up. And down we go. And. Here. We are at, the Norwegian, border of course, there is no checkpoint, you just drive through I. Was. Really hoping for a large sign, welcoming. Us to Norway but this. Is all we've got. On. The next episode, the landscape, becomes of, increasingly. Striking. Beauty as we, continue, driving north. Basically. Until. The end of the road. My. Videos are made possible in part by the support, of viewers like you so do me a favor if you liked it share it with your friends, spread the word and for more options go to travelling Roberts comm slash support as always, thank you so much and see, you on the road.