Category archives: Finland

The tale of tourists and travelers – can foes become friends?

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“Are you a tourist?” There is no better question to wake the wrath of travelers faster than that. We are no tourists, thank you very much! We are travelers, adventurers, wandering free spirits, exploring the sights and people the world has to offer. So much more following in the footsteps of Magarete Mead than in search of the biggest Sangria bucket on Mallo[...]

The Arctic Cowboys of Finland

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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[...]

Ten reasons to go snowboarding (or skiing) in Ylläs

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  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-sho[...]

Queen of the Snow Castle for a day in Kemi, Finland

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  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 [...]

Ice-dipping in Ylläs, Finnish Lapland

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"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[...]

Kauko, the Internet café with a difference

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. 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! . Image here Confused? Well take a lo[...]

The Northern Lights: The ultimate light show

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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 [...]

Helsinki - the world's most livable city

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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[...]

Suomenlinna - island magic outside Helsinki

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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[...]

Hel-Looks Weekend in Helsinki

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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 a[...]