The wide land of Lapland

On the 1st of July the expedition moves on to Palojoensuu and from there via Suonttajärvi on to Leppäjärvi. The party has now left the Ostrobothnian region behind and entered real Lapland. They were looking for Sami people to be their guides on the journey towards Kautokeino.

Papilio EmiliaIt takes the party four days to get from Muonio to the Lapps in Raastajoki. During this time they have time to rest, make natural observations and collect samples.

At Palojoensuu the party comes again across a Finnish settler community. Acerbi records the big number of children in this place with only a few houses. From Palojärvi the journey towards Leppäjärvi is made along a winding and shallow river bed with several rapids in it. Acerbi shoots birds unknown to him and with pleasure listens to the happy singer of the north, the bluethroat. ''It is a miracle that this bird has not been taken into captivity to be kept in a cage''.

fISHERMEN AT FIREFrom Leppäjärvi Acerbi and Skjöldebrand continue by foot to Kiutasaari, an island inhabited by fishermen and a place where guides are changed. There they meet Finnish fishermen who at last take them to meet the Lapps.


Sulka
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    At Palojokisuu
    On the lichen heaths of Lapland



Thunder at Palojok


A.F.Skjöldebrand: Thunder at Palojoki, Enontekiö
(a detail)



Kemi
Tornio
Ylitornio
Pello
Köngäs
Kolari
Muonio
Enontekiö
Kautokeino
Alattio
Nordkapp



Kemi | Tornio | Ylitornio | Pello | Köngäs | Kolari | Muonio | Enontekiö | Kautokeino | Alattio | Nordkapp
Route | Scientific interests | Pictures from travels | On Acerbi's footsteps
Travellers in Lapland