Finland Bound


Assuming I awoke on time at dawn I am on my way to the land of my ancestors again. When I last visited in 2006 I had a Finlandia Foundation grant to go visit the ancient rock paintings (thank you!). It was an amazing trip! And you saw the results in Unikirja (if you haven’t now is a perfect time to buy yourself a copy!)

Once again I will get to hang out with my lovely friend Laura, I will meet my cousin Helka and her daughter Anni and some other people who may be related to me. I will first land in Helsinki and then head to the north. I have suggested that I may be riding around on reindeer with jolly old Saint Nick. I will be sure to take photos if that is true.

You can see photos from the last trip here.


  1. Marja-Leena says:

    Hauskaa matkaa, Kate! (Have a happy journey.) I’m looking forward to reading all about it and seeing some photos.

  2. Sartenada says:

    Great photos from Finland. Rock paintings are not easy to shoot photos.

    1. katelaity says:

      Thank you! They were indeed difficult. I was fortunate one of the best ended up being used in the cover of Unikirja.

  3. Sartenada says:

    Nowadays easiest way to reach Astuvansalmi Rock Paintings is to make a cruise from Mikkeli. All day cruise includes also lunch and Amazon show. I will publish a post from it later in the fall.

    1. katelaity says:

      Yes, that’s what I did. I wrote it up some years back. Most enjoyable.

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