Camped out in the Helsinki airport. My flight to Amsterdam went as well as any red eye could, and flying to Helsinki was also pleasantly uneventful. I landed here at 4:30PM local time, and night had already fallen, only a sign of what's to come once we fly 1 hour 20 minutes north to Rovaniemi, and then drive 3 and a half more northwest to Muonio.
Traveling with my bodyweight in luggage, always a fun challenge.
The Amsterdam airport was neat. I hope to get back to the city and actually leave the airport someday. The pub was filled with Heineken drinkers before noon, and the most popular souvenirs for sale were tulip bulbs and wooden clogs. Holland, I like your style.
My only complaint so far: I just had to pay for water. I guess drinking fountains are an innovation that has yet to reach Europe. . .
Off-shore wind turbines on the descent into Amsterdam. Those can cancel out the bottles of water I bought.
Check out this motley crew I bumped into. My adopted fam for the next 3 weeks.
I'll take three! Dasher, Dancer, and Prancer.
Herring, beets, and potatoes. Welcome to Finland!
One last flight to Rovaniemi to complete my 21 hour-long voyage. We'll stay in Rovaniemi for a week of training before going to Muonio for the first races.