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  • There are lot of rivers running in Lapland and if you are trekking there for any longer time you have to cross them. There are no bridges. Rubber boots are not of much use.

    This autumn water was higher than usual and currents, whirls and undercurrents were strong.

    All the rivers in Northern Lapland are running to Arctic Ocean. No wonder water in them is only 4 degrees Celsius (39 Fahrenheit). It's nice to drink it but not so nice to hop into it.

    We crossed about a dozen rivers. Boots off, trousers off, sneakers on (because of slippery stones) - and splash!

    My friend was trekking in Lapland two years ago with his girlfriend. First evening they came onto river that was deep to the waist and was running fast. My friend had to take most of his clothes off and wade with difficulties three times across the river. First time he carried his girlfriend's rucksack and clothes over his head. Then he returned back. Then he carried his own rucksack over his head to the other side.

    Then her girlfriend swam across the river naked.

    "It would have been a beautiful, enchanting, arousing view in any other time", my friend said. "Naked enchantress of the woods calling to me. But never have I been more bluish cold than after third crossing. And never have my penis been tinier than then."

    Yup, that's Lapland. Snow geese and stony bumps - and goosebumps.
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