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The Spirit of the River

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Photo: Wille Söderström

The Tornio River is the stream of life. It flows freely and wildly from northern Lapland, from Lake Tornio down to the Bothnian Bay. It has through the ages created the opportunity to live here far in the north. The river is fascinating, it attracts, captures, dazzles, and leaves an impression in every soul. Likewise, it comforts and heals the broken mind.

The song “The Spirit of the River” describes the mysticism and intensity of the river. It is like life itself, flowing sometimes fiercely, sometimes more peacefully.

VisaNordica – The Sound of the Northern Lights Route

The stories behind the songs are written by singer/artist/landscape architect Elina Söderström and all the songs and lyrics are written by singer-songwriter/producer Esa Rautiainen, from Studio E-City, which is one of the partners in the project Our Stories. Elina and Esa are also members of the music group VisaNordica.

Our task in this project was to make songs with historical perspective. We hope You enjoy the musical journey along the Northern Lights Route with us!

Elina Söderström, Project Manager, Studio E-City ky

Joen Henki

Tornionjoki on elämän virta. Se virtaa vapaana ja villinä pohjoisesta Lapista, Torniojärvestä alas Perämereen. Se on kautta aikojen luonut mahdollisuuden elämään täällä kaukana pohjoisessa. Joki on kiehtova, se vetää puoleensa, vangitsee, häikäisee, jättäen jäljen jokaiseen sieluun. Se myös lohduttaa ja eheyttää risaisen mielen.

Laulu Joen Henki kuvaa joen mystisyyttä ja voimakkuutta. Se on kuin elämä itse, joka virtaa eteenpäin, väliin kiihkeämmin, välillä rauhallisemmin.


Country of origin: Finland

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FINLAND

Saila Puukko
Lapland UAS

Kauppakatu 58
95400 Tornio

+358 (0)40 7528573

FINLAND

Iina Askonen
Pellon Kehitys Oy

Kunnantie 4
FI-95700 Pello

+358 (0)40 820 8883

 

FINLAND

Hanna Lakkala
Finland Futures Research Centre

Turku School of Economics
FI-20014 University of Turku

+358 (0)45 800 0797

NORWAY

Inger Birkelund
Halti næringshage AS

Hovedveien 2
N-9151 Storslett

+47 92055728

NORWAY

Anja Thonhaugen
Halti næringshage AS

Hovedveien 2
N-9151 Storslett

+47 99421411

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