March 23–24: Helsinki to Rovaniemi
Over spring break, half of our class took a trip to Lapland. We started out by taking an overnight train to Rovaniemi, a small city at the Arctic Circle.
The train platform at the central station before embarking, with the last light of the day still present.
Along the way, a ghostly roller coaster. A roller ghoster.
Passing through a station late at night.
Hey there's another digital-neon sign.
At break of dawn, we neared Oulu, a city on the Gulf of Bothnia near its northern end. Here we are zipping right along.
Other trains at Oulu.
The Oulujoki (Oulu River) passing through the center of Oulu.
First bit of sun.
Sun emerging further.
Early sunlight on the factories.
I like this composition and was lucky to be able to snap it right when it coalesced.
Even luckier was this shot of the sun in the tiny gap between the buildings.
Just a little over the horizon but already much whiter.
A bank of fog in the distance.
We got closer to the fog and it started to occlude the sun.
Another factory; those screw-thread structures are very prevalent on smokestacks in Finland, and I haven't figured out their purpose exactly. UPDATE Jan. 2013: The screw threads break up turbulence around the smokestack, which if unimpeded can manifest as structurally damaging vortices. Cool. (Thanks Tore!)