Muonionalusta, Sweden Meteorite Hunt
Hunting above the Arctic Circle was an exciting time with its unique challenges and nature!
Greg Hupe and Muonionalusta sign.
Our home for the 3-week meteorite hunt.
My bed in common area of room.
MY bed for three weeks, it was three inches too short!
Reindeer above the Arctic Circle are plentiful.
First find of the expedition, Robert Ward's 220kg at about 4-feet deep.
Robert with his 220kg find.
Greg Hupe finds his first Mounio, a baby compared to Robert's 220kg!
Greg's custom made metal detector for rapidly hunting in the forest.
Devin Schrader finds his first one!
Rocky terrain in part of the hunting area.
Clear cut section makes for easier hunting.
Greg's second find in concrete-like matrix.
Happy meteorite hunter.
I found another one!
Lots of deep bogs in the hunting grounds.
Choices... Which way to hunt next?
Traditional Swedish Sami teepee.
First baby bird to jump out of the nest by front door.
Everyone digging meteorites at the same time. Robert, Mike, Greg and Devin!
Small meteorite stuck between large rocks, took me a long time to chip it free.
Another find for me!
Mirrorlike image on lake.
Reindeer were everywhere and a hazard when driving.
Me with Kitkiojarvi sign.
Many finds in the wet bogs.
And another one...
So nice to dig in loose sand, most finds are encased in a concrete-like matrix.
Old wooden structure in the woods.
This one took me an hour to dig out from under many boulders.
I found another one, this is fun!
And they are getting larger...
Three ancient Viking tombs in the middle of the forest.
We always dig a clean hole down to the meteorites, then cover back up.
I feel like the Mole Man when I have to dig for the deep ones!
Devin hunting in a clearing.
Sunset over the Arctic.
Part of my finds after initial cleaning.
Four person haul after three weeks of hunting!
Greg and Arctic Circle sign.
Just about the perfect sized meteorite.
Mike Farmer with one of his finds.
Robert in the hole with his 220kg find.
Devin with another one of his finds.
Greg digs down to his 110kg meteorite.
I had to dig a ramp to roll the 110kg stone out.
Devin with a find that took three hours to dig!
Refreshing little waterfall in the forest.
Greg enjoying the serenity of the Arctic.
Nice little find.
Almost there, I see rust!
Bottom's Up, I almost have it!
My last Muonionalusta find.
Time to head home.
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