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Picture a wide open landscape of an endless white carpet of snow; patches of old growth forest with trees covered in lichen. Suddenly a flock of reindeer appears from between the white hills: with massive antlers on their heads, and tiny white fur-balls aka. fluffy reindeer calves roaming between their legs. The herd grows bigger, thousands of animals emerge from the forest, moving in harmony like a swarm of birds. …

[ Written by Kathi | 23 Feb 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

Deep within the Arctic Circle in magical Finnish Lapland you’ll find Ylläs, a winter wonderland that is home to the country’s third largest National Park. As winter descends and daylight disappears, people flock to Ylläs from all over the world to see the Northern Lights, experience Lappish culture, go snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snow-shoeing or do crazier things like ice dipping.
These weren’t the reasons we came to Ylläs. We came for …

[ Written by Frankie | 19 Mar 2013 | No Comment | ]

Fairy tales are hard stories to forget. It’s easy to see why with all of those pretty princesses, the grand castles, the knights in shining armour and of course there’s always a handsome prince with great hair dishing out life-saving snogs. All those tales we are told by story books and Disney, they stay with us. Even now, when I am almost certain that I’m too old and pear-shaped to …

[ Written by Frankie | 18 Feb 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

“Are you crazy?” he asked me. It’s not unusual for my boyfriend to ask me this so I ignored him and carried on getting ready, wondering what to take with me even though all I’d been firmly advised to bring was “just a towel”.

“You don’t have to go,” he suggested gently and I stopped rolling up my “just a towel” and turned to him before putting my coat on.
“But I …

[ Written by Frankie | 3 Feb 2013 | 5 Comments | ]

Kauko Café in Helsinki, Finland, is an Internet café with a difference. Instead of you heading to the café with your laptop to check your emails, work on a deadline or Skype a friend when travelling round the world, the experiences is reversed meaning that the actual café experience is controlled by the Internet!

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Confused? Well take a look:

Kauko is a café with a difference as those sat at home on their …

[ Written by guest | 1 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]

When I was young, one of the top things on my list of ‘Things to do before I die’ was to see the Northern Lights. I had heard of its beauty, seen its gorgeous colours on postcards, witnessed snapshots in documentaries but never really followed through on my aim in life, which I was so adamant about when I was twelve.

I always thought they were a rare sight and one …

[ Written by Sophie | 3 Oct 2011 | 3 Comments | ]

Which city is the best place to live in the entire world? According to the British Monocle magazine‘s annual Quality of Life survey, you should move to Helsinki as soon as possible. After a visit to Finland during the cold and dark winter, as a part of an high school exchange project 10 years ago, I had mixed feelings about the country and thought of it as a bit grey and …

[ Written by guest | 6 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]

I’ve already told you that my trip to Helsinki last month was an eye-opener to how gorgeous the Finnish capital is. The city is just as lovely as its friendly inhabitants, with good shopping and amazing food to be found all around. While the Finnish have reason to complain about their weather for part of the year (during the rather cold winters the sun doesn’t shine for 51 days), I …

[ Written by Katja | 30 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]

The Finnish are lovely people. They’re incredibly sweet, always friendly and humble. Maybe even a bit too humble, which might be the reason why it had not come to my attention just how incredible Finland is!
This past weekend, I was invited by Liisa and Sampo from Hel-Looks to give a short talk at the Hel-Looks Weekend, which happened for the first time as part of the annual Helsinki Design Week. …

[ Written by Katja | 13 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]