Ok, getting back to the journey: I left Ivalo around 10:30 and Laura suggested to stop and see the Karhunpesäkivi, the Bear's den stone. It is actually a huge rock from the last ice age, which has been carved inside by the ice itself, making it extraordinary beautiful.
After that I head to Inari. The road started to be hillier, but this beautiful day with almost no wind made it very easy. I had to stop many times just because there were so many spots for pictures. Inari in itself is a very small village, and the first one on my route with an important number of Saami inhabitants. It has a beautiful wooden church (where I happened to hear also some organ training) and the SIIDA, a huge museum of Saami culture, with also an open-air museum composed by many wooden houses resembling a typical Saami village of the beginning of the last century. It's worth visiting, even because they have also guided tour, and being there with a bunch of Americans, I just had to follow them from a reasonable distance 🙂
Here the amount of mosquitoes is unbelievable: the more to north, the bigger is the price of blood you have to pay. Fortunately today I found (at the Bear's den stone) a nice hat with an "embedded" mosquito net, and finally I decided to buy some mosquito repellent. However that was enough for them not to bite me, but not to avoid eating them: really, they were so many flying around my face, that all the time I was raising a spoon of pasta towards my mouth, I had to blow to get them off the air in between… and by blowing sometimes they went straight towards the spoon. Well, wasn't life in the wilderness what I was looking for?
Day 10 – Tour de Finlande: Ivalo – Kaamanen
Trip distance: 86 km
Actual trip time: 4 h 50 m