Tiina Kivelä Lapland

    It was Arctic, Finland November 2016. Snowstorms in Helsinki, below -10°C degrees in Lapland, trains and planes delayed because the cold and snow, and for whatever reasons. And I was delayed from everywhere too, because the phone decided to freeze and because the sparsely build Finnish cities managed to surprise me, after months abroad in  these cozily arranged Swiss towns.


    But despite the cold Finland was nice. Most of the time. Seeing dearest friends is always nice. And Lapland is always nice, and Swedish Lapland was the nicest and the most tempting destination showing off in Skiexpo (yes, Swedes have eye for detail and style). And the Skiexpo sidekick party for Freeskiers, Vapaalaskuiltamat at Vanha, was also nice, but this time the hotel bed* and especially solitude, after 5 months in shared dorm-like flat, was more tempting than the party and films for more than short stop. Sorry friends, I can see them later online I hope. And hopefully see you all f2f in the Swiss slopes this winter; welcome to Jungfrau Region, I’m waiting!



    And then there was the Lapland in details. Santa Claus Village, of course, as it happens to be so cozily on my way always. There was Arctic Light hotel, pampering with the in-room Sauna, polar bears and the famous, best ever breakfast! Highly recommended. And there was couple of drinks and beer tasting at friend’s place (greetings to Haarige Kuh Brauerei, you got very good reviews!) too.

    And then there was more Sauna at the original home, packing and frozen surroundings (and one broken red wine bottle in the checked in carry-on, damn.. (Goodbye that carry on and nice paper wrappers for swiss chocolate). And a last dinner at Roka, and way too early wake up call for the flight back.


    After all this I have to confess that at some point during all that traveling, including the last day with wake up call at 4 am, 12h traveling in 2 flights and 2 trains, with 4 bags and couple of kilos too much, I decided this was the last time I took care of everything by myself. For the next time I’ll hire a personal assistant. Or find a husband, as that would suit better my poor budget… Or something. Too many bruises and aching muscles to count now, no matter how proud of myself I am after surviving the challenge in one piece and with all the bags (except the one^ destroyed by that bottle of wine).

    And in the end I would like to say, if this isn’t already clear enough: Go to Finland, and especially Lapland! It’s always worth it, and it kinda needs it. These days you can even take direct Germania flight from Zurich to Rovaniemi, if you’re from Switzerland or close.

    Or the other way round, dear Lapland people. Your host is waiting for the first guests! The cute little villages are dressing up with fairy lights and snow. Can’t get more idyllic for the end of the year. Both in Lapland and in Switzerland.



    Lappi on aina hyvä idea. Ja Sveitsi myös.

    *Ps. I have to ask, Clarion Hotel Helsinki Airport, where was the real butter and fatty milk for coffee in breakfast? ? Non fat is so last season, didn’t you know? 

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    Tiina Kivelä


    Offering additional travel services could provide a lucrative new revenue stream for Airbnb. Competing travel sites give customers the option to book rental cars and other services, but Airbnb expects to offer something unique.

    Airbnb Will Start Selling Travel Experiences Later This Year by Emily Chang and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg / Skift



    Arctia Ltd. is looking for partners to conduct an international Arctic expedition in the summer of 2017. Arctia Ltd. is the owner and operator of eight icebreakers, of which three have both the necessary classifications and the experience in operating in Arctic waters. The company now offers universities and research institutes across the globe the possibility to plan and participate in a unique Arctic expedition conducted in the summer of 2017. The planned expedition is based on the research interests and needs of parties interested.

    Arctic 100 Expedition – an international expedition in Arctic waters on board a Finnish icebreaker



    Crystal Serenity’s 2016 voyage is pioneering. Beginning August 16, 2016, Crystal Serenity will be the largest luxury cruise line to ever navigate the route, maneuvering through 900 miles of majestic waterways lined with spectacular glaciers, towering fjords, and vast unspoiled landscapes away from mainstream civilization and tourism, north of mainland Canada, says the company.

    In the longer term, Arctic cruising is expected to increase, and the IMO Polar Code is anticipated to enhance the safety of such voyages.

    Tabletop Review for Crystal Serenity’s Arctic Voyage by Wendy Laursen 6.3.2016



    If you’ve ever dreamed of being a ninja, you now have a shot. Japan’s Aichi region has placed an advertisement to hire six full-time ninjas as part of their efforts to attract more tourists.

    Wanted: Japan Hiring Six Ninjas To Promote Tourism, by Jordi Lippe-McGraw 15.3. 2016




    Tiina Kivelä

    Your travel choices make a difference to the environment—and not always in the ways you might think.

    The Realities (and Delusions) of Environmentally-Friendly Travel, by Alexandra Zissu, Travel +Leisure

    But the industry’s tremendous growth is rapidly degrading its destinations – the very products it promises. Its continued financial success is based on the sustainability of these destinations. If the cruise industry does not see this as enough reason to impose regulations, then the international community has a responsibility to step in, both for the people who live in destinations that depend on tourism and for ourselves as tourists who want there to be a world to see well into the future.

    Time to rock the boat? The Cruise ships can destroy the very destinations they try to sell us, by Jillian Rickly, The Conversation

    Destinations on Google integrates the puzzle pieces.

    Your Nest Trip, Courtesy of Google Search, by Stephanie Rosenbloom, NY Times Travel / Getaway

    TripAdvisor may have given every traveler a “voice”, but it’s up to each of us to decide to use it in a responsible way.

    What You Don’t Know About TripAdvisor, by Heather Stumbler-Hall

    In Finnish Lapland, they are now witnessing how small villages are becoming interesting destinations by offering visitors a taste of their day-to-day life. A good example is the village of Salla with its slogan ‘in the middle of nowhere’ and products such as a ‘nothing is happening week’, proposes Garcia Rosell. Note this does not mean that there is nothing happening. Rather, in Salla one will not be distracted by noise but instead ‘only the sound of a bear snoring in its nest or the Northern Lights flaming in the sky’. Silence, the periphery, polar nights and everyday life are becoming essential ingredients for the development of attractive destinations.

    Greenland as a slow adventure destination

    Hurtigruten er ikke bare for gamle turister.

    Jeg tok feil, Lisa Friborg, ND Debat


    Ps. I’ve decided start publishing, one a week, a list of articles I’ve read and found worth to read. For everyone interested in travel, some way or another. Grab a coffee and enjoy responsibly!