Mrs Roosevelt started a trend: visit the Arctic Circle and Santa Claus village, although back then it was just a log cabin. And before that there was only a small pole marking the Arctic Circle.
Christmas and New Year in Saariselkä. I like my family's quiet Lapland visits in winter, but this year it was especially quiet.
Southern Finland has great recreational areas for walking and exercising outdoors. On this walk in Luukki we spotted some santa's hats.
Challenge is to swim in 100 different lakes and ponds in summer 2020. Not a problem in Finland.
Four days of rocky cliffs, mysterious woods, bright eskers, suspension bridges, clear rivers, foaming rapids, and wild campsites.
Finland is not north enough; we need to go to the north of the north. Christmases in Lapland are lovely, but even they are changing.
Ambling through a snowy forest in Lapland in midwinter when sun doesn't rise above horizon.
HBO has copyrighted the phrase “Winter is coming”. How selfish is that? But then again, it seems like we do not really need that phrase as nowadays everyone seems to be just saying “Winter is late”.
There they are: red riverside warehouses. That row of small red cottages by the river is Porvoo's trademark. They appear on postcards and school textbooks and welcome visitors to the town, just like they did already hundreds of years ago.
It had been almost ten years since I was hiking in Lapland. Still, it feels like home.