Life above the Arctic Circle

One of the best things of living on this location is enjoying the outdoors, and what comes with it – the amazing wildlife!

One might think that there’s too few animal species living on these latitudes, but it’s rather the opposite. They are just hidden (or abroad) for part of the year. The same applies to flowers and berries – I’m not so sure if there is more variety here than in Southern Europe, but when Spring comes, all the flowers suddenly blossom at the same time!

Last month, I had the opportunity to visit another wildlife park, this time in the Finnish Lapland. Ranua Park has been quite popular lately, since the bear cub came out of the den. It’s not common that polar bears can breed in captivity; in fact, Venus, the mom, had two babies, but one did not make it. The fact that the young cub has already turned 4 months old is a sign of success, and this has drawn hundreds of people to visit the little one.

Besides the bears, there are reindeers, muskoxes, wolves, moose, lynx, beavers, a series of prey birds and owls, amongst many more. And excellent opportunities for good shots (with the camera!).

The same kind of park can be found in Lycksele (Sweden) or in Bardu (Norway); both of them are worth a visit.

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