Saturday 16 July 2011


During the build phase, some of us are staying at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station. In addition to the KAIRA team, there are also various biologists and students there, working on their own projects. So there is a bit of noise at times.

However, the other night I was woken by snoring. Deep snoring. As I lay there cursing whoever it was in the room next to mine and being amazed at the volume of the noise, there was a strange clanging noise too. That sounded odd. It also sounded like it was coming from outside.

So I got up and peered out the window. There, right outside, was a reindeer dozing off. So... that's what the snoring was! So I fetched my camera and took a picture through the blinds.

Not happy with the view, I then raised up the blinds to take another shot and realised that it wasn't just the one. In fact, a sizeable group of the creatures had decided to camp outside my window for the night.

Not that it gets dark.

Although I say 'night', the sun is still up as we are still in midnight sun season. I guess the reindeer still need to find somewhere to have a 'little-bit-of-a-lie-down' and decided the corner of the building where I was staying seemed like as good a place as any.

So, I went back to bed and put the pillow over my head.

And this was the one night I was hoping for a bit of sleep too!


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