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To Save Santa’s Best Friends

We have had a project in Finnish Lapland called Village Stories, in which we produced an app with several routes in six villages aroud the Eastern Lappish areas. It was launched in January this year and gives you a nice overview of the life in Lapland. Download the app and watch the videos! Also, please rate the app!

Village Stories by Citynomadi on Google Play

Village Stories by Citynomadi on App Store

The villagers will update the content for the app and therefore me and Nadja took a tour for Rovaniemi, Kemijärvi, Pelkosenniemi and Sodankylä to give training for them. We rented a car in Oulu and drove 1000 kilometres in two days.

While driving in Lapland you need to be prepared for the reindeers, they tend to  conquer the road. No hurry, take you time. Sometimes they are for a serious danger for the traffic. Here comes an app called ‘Porokello‘, Reindeer alarm by the local government of Finnish Lapland.

This is a neat example of utilising location based data and crowdsourcing in real time. You have a map with recent observations and you can give out yours, if you happen to spot the reindeers. We did.

We tried to notify, but the app approves only the observations of the pros: truck, bus and taxi drivers at this point. Maybe in the future also the ones of amateur drivers, because the app is very useful for all drivers in Lapland.

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A reindeer on the road from Sodankylä to Rovaniemi. Photo from our car’s side window.. 

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Sauna after a long day on the road, in a summer hut between Kemijärvi and Pelkosenniemi.   It is so bright because the sun never goes down around Midsummer in Lapland.

by Merja July 8, 2018