|Helsinki to Kittilä by plane. Kittilä to Kilpisjärvi by bus.|
|Kittilä airport, as seen from the plane when we landed|
The wonderful cook at the station had a late dinner waiting for us when we arrived, and afterwards we had a lecture from our friend Leena, a local artist, about Sami art and insights from reindeer herding and their relationship with the environment. Her husband is a relative of the famous Sami artist Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. It was great for students to be able to see a bit from his perspective, now that they are in the place where he is from.
Today, we spent the morning finalizing students' research and art plans, then in the afternoon took our first excursion out into the local ecosystem. We hiked at Pikku Malla, a "strict nature reserve" (meaning, it is managed with the strictest of regulations). We saw a lot of reindeer while we were hiking, and even a bit of snow!
|Xavier, Alex, Jose, me, Robin, and Elisabeth on the trail next to Siiläsjarvi|
|The Arizonan students ask "What is this white stuff?"|