Great day in Tornio today, despite the ugly weather. We had an excellent meeting with representatives from the Tornio / Haaparanta organization, a very interesting cooperative initiative between the two border cities: Tornio in Finland and Happaranta in Sweden. We had a lot of questions for them and had some great discussions about urban planning between two cities (in two countries!)
After lunch we went out to the Kukkola Rapids in Tornio, and spent the day at a tourist lodge called Pohjan Pirtti. Here we went ice fishing (unsuccessfully) and enjoyed some excellent, relaxing sauna time. Missy and Tara were brave enough to take a dip in the partly frozen river afterwards!
Our hosts were wonderful, and we had some great chats about fishing and tourism while we all tried reindeer for the first time. Interesting…and delicious! Sorry, Rudolph.
In the evening we went to the Tornio music hall to watch a performance by Wärttinä, a well-known traditional music group from the Karelia region of Finland. We didn’t understand a word, but enjoyed the music all the same.