Arctic Russia & Norway via Finland/Sweden: August 2006
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Beach driving -
check the tides !  
Frank knows this
area well, so we
were able to avoid
dangerous soft
sand areas
The team members
Getting off the beach as the tide comes in
Our home for the night
Simon & Sergei play chess
Sergei poses in front of Mr Custard
The 3 wooden churches of Varzuga
Uspenskaya church,
1674 - Varzuga
Completely made of
wood, with no use of
metal nails
Lunch is served off the bonnet of Mr Custard
In sombre mood as we visit the remains of a Stalin labour camp - the 1st town we visited, Kandalaksha means to 'free the hands' - cuffs were taken off
the prisoners there as the climate and swamps made escape unlikely...These camps existed until the late 1950s
Prisoners built wooden roads across the
swamps - then they built the railways
We toast the unknown soldier
After hours driving through forests - we
passed by a disused military airfield
Saami (Laplander) winter hut
Post sauna geography lesson
Morning checks - what's that bit for ?
Sue & Roger's Toyota had starter problems
Saami (Laplander) winter cabin with reindeer
skins
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