Since Southern Finland still has no snow, winter sports are off-limits. Luckily, we can keep doing summer sports, and head to the forest without snowshoes. National parks and recreational areas are top attractions for visitors and locals alike. There are many places around Helsinki alone where you can go for a nice walk or a … Continue reading An icy trail run
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.
The forest wants us to visit its soft shadows. It has been snowing a lot in Lapland, and there are heaps of snow in the woods near our cottage. Although Ylläs is best known for its downhill skiing slopes and a vast network of cross-country skiing tracks, there are also snowshoeing trails in the area. … Continue reading No destination – snowshoeing in Lapland
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”.
Statistics Finland counted 501 600 summer cottages in Finland in the year 2015. There are a little less than 5.5 million people in the whole country. Seems like we can talk about a tradition here.
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.