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We arrived in mid afternoon, only to find that the clocks in Finland are one hour forward of Norway, so there was insufficient time to go round the Tankavaara Gold Museum, though it did look reasonable value for money.

5 minutes walk away was the Koilliskaira Visitor Centre . Here we found 4 trails through the countryside, and decided to take the new Geological Trail, a walk of around 7km . Soon we found a big problem, MOSQUITOS, continual biting, we had to use our lightweight walking jackets for protection as we had forgot to put on insect repellant.

The well marked walk was tougher than we expected, we needed to jump streams, as though bridges has not yet been installed, (perhaps later in the season) and there were places where water resistant footwear was needed. There were several picnic stations with facilities for having your own outdoor barbecue. We really enjoyed the walk, in spite of the mosquitos.

Other walks at the Centre looked easier, one path was suitable for wheelchairs.

After the walk, back to our cabin for supper, and then the mosquito bites really began to itch, making sleep impossible.

Soon I had found the answer, desperation being the mother of invention.

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