Due to time constraints I decided to fly into Oulu and in the spirit of making it a proper Top Gear challenge with several cars racing down to Pudasjärvi, I decided to use public transport. No running either.
So early on Thursday morning I made my way to the train station for the first mode of transport.
A few hours and one missed train later I found myself flying over a very cloudy Western Europe.
First glympse of Finland
In Democratic Republic of Finland, you don't go to sauna, sauna comes to you.
Once inside the Helsinki Terminal I made my way to the next plane and found DanRom already waiting for me, we boarded almost immediately after and set off for Oulu
I like window seats.
After landing in Oulu, we proceeded to pick up the rental.
It seems there was a bit of a mixup and we ended up with a Fabia instead.
It came with studded tyres, keyless start, heated seats, electric block heater and a fancy snow brush!
We also found Adrian in the Prisma parking lot (where we had Hesburger, I do not recommend).
From there on the 3 of us convoyed to the airfield, with the Tesla and its very effective light bar leading the way.
About an hour later we arrived at the cabin, first order of business:
Closed driver on a drunk course, do not attempt at home.
The next morning gave me the first decent view of our surroundings, I'd never seen a Draken before!
Mikas had the questionable honour of being the first one in need of a tow.
In the afternoon we went snowmobiling, everything looked very white.
By the time we made it to the halfway point on the hill, it was actually already getting quite dark.
After our little excursion through the snowy countryside and made our way back to the cabin where regular activities were resumed.
Loose_unit gave little demonstration, after which DanRom took the wheel.
Getting it out took a bit of work
But not as much as when Loose_unit beached it about an hour later. ;D
Getting it out took about 8 of us and the A7 about an hour of digging, pushing and pulling.
Since it was so cold, we decided to do our part for global warming.
Unfortunately the oil was just too thick and the engine completely frozen, it would hardly turn over.
Soon after DanRom and I said our goodbyes since we had a rental to return and a flight to catch.
A few hours later we found ourselves taking off, out of the frozen landscape.
It took me more than a few moments to realise that the white field in the background was not a field, but the frozen Golf of Bothnia covered in snow. o_0
Followed soon after by a very dramatic sunset.
Which seemingly went on forever since it was still going on hours later as I flew over Antwerp coming in to Brussels Airport.
As I walked out of the terminal, I was greeted with a temperature of -3°. How cute.
Icetrackmeet was good fun. Thanks to everyone that let me drive their cars.
I definitely want to come back next year, might even consider pitching in for a replacement for the E200.