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December 9th, 2019

Time Trek summer high school in Utsjoki, Finland

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The “Arctic Time Trek summer high school” will be held in Utsjoki, Northern Finland at the end of July. The interdisciplinary summer high school allows students to dig into the birth and development of the universe, as well as the emergence and evolution of life. The summer high school also provides also an arts course.

The summer high school will begin on July 20th and end on the 1st of August 2020. The venue is the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute, in the beautiful wilderness next to the Kevo national park.

The Utsjoki centre is 20 kilometres away. Utsjoen keskustaan sieltä on matkaa noin 20 kilometriä. The summer high school includes also a two-day hike in the Utsjoki mountains (fjell).

The students will trek through the Arctic Time Trek route located in the breathtakingly picturesque mountains of Utsjoki. The route begins from the Utsjoki sami high school, goes over the Vuolleseavttetvarri fjeld to the Utsjoki church, and onwards to the Nammajavvri tipi-like hut. The trek is 14 kilometers long.

The Arctic Time Trek summer high school will look into natural history through the interplay of different sciences. The intensive course will help students understand how topics familiar from biology, physics, and geography often discuss different sides of the same thing – albeit at different scales and emphasis. The students get to hear and in some ways also experience how stars, planets and galaxies formed after the Big Bang, how geology changed and transported Earth’s crust, and how life came about and evolved into what we see today.

Those students inclined towards arts can take a course combining circus and visual arts as well as music. The course will also discuss sami culture.

In addition, future tourist guides forbthe Arctic Time Trek route will be trained alongside with the summer high school students.

Time Trek is a teching method where a long period of time is transformed into a walkable distance. It is a way of illustrating and experiencing incomprehensibly large time scales and relationships of events. The summer high school course aims to open the eyes of the students to the fluent beauty of all the world. Time Trek was developed at the University of Turku.

The project is a cooperative venture between the Time Trek association, the astronomical association Ohcejoga Utsjoen Ursa, the University of Turku, and the Summer High School association.

More about the summer high schools: https://kesalukio.fi/in-english/
More about the Time Trek idea: http://www.aikavaellus.fi/en/

Additional information:

Jarmo Korteniemi, publicist, Time Trek
Email: jarmo.korteniemi
Phone: +358 45 636 2264

Kirsi Lehto, chair, Time Trek
Email: klehto
Phone: +358 50 338 2824


December 1st, 2019

The Arctic Time Trek project goes forward in Utsjoki

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The Time Trek association is developing a new Arctic Time Trek route in the picturesque landscape of Utsjoki in northernmost Finland. The route will have up to 15 large plaques, which offer the trekker info on the evolution of the universe, Earth, life, and ourselves. They also incorporate local sami mythology and history. This new route is planned to be up and running in the summer of 2020.

Taking the Arctic Time Trek means travelling in time. Each metre moves the trekker one million years backwards in history. The route begins from the “current time” at the Utsjoki sami high school and ends in the “Big Bang” at the Nammajavrri tipi-like hut some 14 kilometres later. On the way the route passes over the Vuolleseavttetvarri fell and past the Utsjoki church.

The route provides an exciting and novel way to physically experience natural history. It is the third route with on-site information plaques, and first one with a local culture twist. Both previous routes are located in the Turku region in Southwest Finland.

The aim of the Arctic Time Trek is to help local schools by illustrating both natural history and its relation to local traditions. The route will also be used as a teaching method for both Finnish Summer High Scools and international university summer schools held at the Kevo Subarctic Research Institute.

Funding for the project has been applied from LEADER Northernmost Lapland. The final decision will be made by the Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (Ely centre), most probably around mid-February.

The Time Trek association produces the route together with the Ohcejoga Utsjoen Ursa astronomical association, Parks and Wildlife Lapland (Metsähallitus aka Finnish Forestry Administration), Kevo Subarctic Research Institute of the University of Turku, and the schools of Utsjoki.

Additional information:

Jarmo Korteniemi, publicist, Time Trek
Email: jarmo.korteniemi
Phone: +358 45 636 2264

Kirsi Lehto, chair, Time Trek
Email: klehto
Phone: +358 50 338 2824