There is no experience more surreal and more unique than seeing local people in Lapland singing karaoke. It is more melancholy than the Portuguese Fado, yet more entertaining than Las Vegas. Break off the tourist trail to watch the women arrive on ski-doos, then peel off their helmets and overalls to reveal black cocktail dresses and little dancing shoes. The karaoke is a window into the minds of Arctic people. The choice of songs is a chapter in itself: where else will you hear 80's big hair heavy followed by Lady Gaga, Frank Sinatra, then a Russian ballad? The Finns say that in Lapland no normal rules apply, and I would have to agree.
Tanen Karaoke, every Wednesday at 34 Samperintie, Savukoski https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243277692933
or Wanha Mestari, Jaakonkatu 2-4, Kemijarvi, +358 16812588
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