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Reindeer racing and Igloo Hotel

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A friend came to visit me over the weekend, and suddenly I had an excuse to go out and see some touristy things:)
The 6th of february is the Sami people day (or whatever you'd call it in english...) So there were a few sami flags hanging around, and some sami people in traditional dress, but most of them were dressed in everyday wear. I, of course, forgot to take pictures of the flags, and people in traditional dress, not thinking about making an entry until much later, but i did get a few pics of the world cup reindeer racing. But that was hard, they went so fast that I had major problems pressing the shutter in time!

The coolest thing about it was that it was in the main street of Alta, so I met tons of people I knew while we were standing there :p

When I first heard about reindeer racing, I thought it would be with a sled-like thing, like the same people used for transportation before the snowmobile, but I was wrong.
They stand behind the animal on skis - of any kind, appearantly - and hold on to as rope. it looks like a lot of fun, but pretty scary. the racing reindeers are huge, compared to regular food-reindeer...

After preliminary rounds of the race, we decided to go have coffee instead of seeing who won. It wasn't really that exciting, but it was definitely something new :)

Later that day we drove out to the igloo hotel. And it was absolutely gorgeus! They make the hotel every year, each time a little different, with different sculptures, and different artwork on the walls. I've never been there before, but i'm very very glad I did. The entry price of 100NOK is a bit much, just for looking at a hotel, but it was so worth it. I'll definitely do it again!
Glynnes says:
Very informative. Thanks.
Posted on: Aug 01, 2010
annthansten says:
lol, probably not:) it's nice up here though ;)
Posted on: Feb 07, 2010
rotorhead85 says:
That hotel would feel nice over here in Vietnam but wouldn't last long!
Posted on: Feb 07, 2010
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