into the arctic!
Umea Travel Blog› entry 6 of 38 › view all entries
February 11th, 2008 – by: harleyd
I'm finding Iksu, the giant gym, quite a lot of fun. It's nice when most of the people you know have a membership there cause you always have a workout buddy. I did sign up for some yoga classes and the fact that I'm in Sweden phased me when I signed up.
This past weekend I also went with other international students to the winter market in Jokkmokk. Jokkmokk is a small town about 400km north of Umeå. It's a small town of about 3000 people. It also lies just inside the arctic circle. It surprisingly wasn't that cold up there; only about 20f. That just felt brisk for me and my Minnesotan blood!(I'm happy I left MN before the -15f weather though!) The winter market was originally a gathering for traders in the region but has now grown to way beyond that. In the market you can find traditional Sami things (the Sami are the indigenous people of the area), furs and plenty of food. They've even got reindeer sausage at this thing! I know what some of you are wondering; no, my tastebuds were not that adventurous that day! Besides the market there are events to learn about the traditional Sami culture, dogsled rides and reindeer races. Unfortunately, I missed the reindeer races cause I had to go inside and warm up after waiting in line for my helicopter ride! It may have only been a four minute but hey, at least I can say I've done it!
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