Finland actually has some pretty good (and unknown) freeriding terrain, but the Finnish skiing and snowboarding posse is hanging out in the forgotten valley of Tamok east of Tromsö in the very north of Norway, not too far from the Finnish border.
The Norwegians must have had lots of skiers in their government a long time ago when they drew the border between Norway and Finland. It must be so, because driving through the flat landscapes and endless straight roads in the north of Finland crossing the border to Norway the mountains begins. An infinite flat panorama is changed to jagged mountains and deep fjords.
The Finns are a modest people that keep to them selves and they usually let action speak, because they are anything but loud (if not drunk) and they are usually awesome in the things they indulge themselves in. Because of this, and probably other secret reasons (rumors saying they are having an alliance with the ski god Skadi and that they are selling finnish beer Karhu to the locals) they have occupied the Tamok valley and are now-a-days keeping all the great powder to themselves and charging down the biggest lines. When they come home, they won’t brag about it in the bars, but if you are lucky you might come over some rare video footage showing how damn fun they are having in this lost valley.
Unluckily for the Finns, recently Norwegian ski mag Friflyt.no dubbed one of the couloirs (Øksehogget) boarded by mountain guide and ultra talent Ode Siivonen and Norwegian Aadne Olsrud and as on of the most brutal couloirs in the whole of Norway. Hoards of mountain riders from all over the world are reported to have booked a trip to Tamok for next year.
As one of the protagonists in putting Tamokdalen on the map Ode Siivonen should get the attention he deserves. This guy is mixing being one of the top alpinists in Finland with being an experienced BASE jumper, a dad, an UIAGM mountain guide and one of the best mountain riders on the planet.