(#wanderlusttips) Tinja Myllykangas, a young woman in Finland, has chosen living in limited basic conditions under the temperature of -45°C without electricity and running water besides 85 huskies in Lapland instead of an urban life in Jyväskylä city. Photographer Brice Portolano spent two weeks with her capturing her unique way of life. Tinja lives off the grid, in a hut near to the Muotkatunturi nature reserve. She cooks on a wood stove and lights her home with candles. Part of the work on the farm includes dealing with meat, including that of reindeer. When everything is frozen in winter, an axe is the only tool that cuts the meat. This picture was taken on a crisp January morning. Each day Tinja goes around the cages of her husky farm to feed her 85 dogs. Tinja fosters a strong relationship with the dogs, who she said need a lot of exercise. Here she is pictured getting to know them individually. This is a drawing by Tinja that describes the farm’s population. It shows several Icelandic horses and the various dogs in her pack. One of the few individuals that Tinja interacts with on her remote husky farm is Anna, who resides in Helsinki and regularly comes to lend a hand with the horses. Between tours Tinja is not completely alone, as she lives with her boyfriend Alex, a former professional skier who now works as a race musher, a sport powered by dogs. The only other contact she has with people is when she heads to the far-off town, 180 miles away. The long journey may seem extreme, but it provides the chance to stock up on food, charge batteries for her computer and phone and to take a real shower. Chores never feel like a burden for Tinja, who said doesn’t feel the need for material possessions and that is energised by living close to nature, witnessing sights like this beautiful aurora. Tinja’s livelihood comes from offering dogsledding tours to people keen to stay on the husky farm and experience Arctic life, although she stated that she doesn’t run this for commercial profit. For Tinja, urban life did not compare to the untouched wilderness on her doorstep. According to the French photographer, the hardest thing about Tinja’s life is not necessarily the conditions or harsh temperatures, but the absence of daylight, which can last for over a month.
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