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  • VISITING FINLAND NOVEMBER 2016

    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.

    ONE EVENING IN HELSINKI, FINLAND

    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!

     

    TWO DAYS IN LAPLAND

    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.

    LOOKING FOR AN ASSISTANT

    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.

     


    FI:

    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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  • RECOMMENDED READING ON TRAVEL #2

    Tiina Kivelä

    AIRBNB AND THE EXPERIENCE ECONOMY

    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


     

    RESEARCH ARCTIC TOURISM, EXPEDITION STYLE

    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


     

    ARCTIC EXPLORATION CRUISES ARE COMING FOR REAL

    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


     

    NINJAS WANTED

    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


     

    + HOW AIRBNB DESIGNS FOR TRUST

  • TRAVEL
  • ON NEWS: ARCTIC CRUISE TOURISM

    The trip sold out within a month of going on the market, said Ms. Morgan, and there’s now a waiting list of more than 400. Currently-listed prices start at $21,855 and go up to more than $120,000 per person (for a penthouse) based on double occupancy. Passengers need to show proof of an insurance plan that can cover up to $50,000 per person for emergency evacuation.

    The biggest cruise-ship ever to cross through the Northwest Passage, takes off late this summer on August—and we; the locals, governments, researchers, scholars, travelers and other interested, will be watching closely. This, if something, will be exciting (and luxury, thinking the prize).

    some tourists treat villages like “museum pieces,” forgetting they are among real people’s homes

    First major cruise ship sails icy Northwest Passage this summer 3.2.2016 / Marie Danielle-Smith


    Loppuunmyyty, historian suurin, matkailija-alus suunnittelee luoteisväylän risteilyä ensi elokuussa. Tästä jos jostain tulee jännää (ja ylellistä, hintaa ajatellen).