phenomenon

November 28, 2016

In Lapland, Nature’s Outdoor Sculpture Park

AKASLOMPOLO, Finland — I strapped on snowshoes and wriggled into a lot of layers of spandex and fleece to trek up Kukastunturi, a 1,555-foot-high Arctic fell, a phrase derived from the Earlier Norse fjall, for a extreme, barren panorama.

Barren except for the spruces dotting the fell’s delicate slopes that, in the middle of the winter months, develop a troublesome, frosty overlaying recognized in Finnish as tykky or tykkylumi, or arduous rime in English. The coating transforms the bushes into snow sculptures that seem like monumental, misshapen towers of shaving foam, or probably lumpy columns of popcorn. Read More