• BLOG
  • 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? 

  • TRAVEL
  • EASTER IN COPENHAGEN CHECK!

    Tiina Kivelä

    Flights: check! Hotel: working on it! Company: the best ever! In other words, girls from Lapland go to Copenhagen this Easter. If something is awesome then this is awesome. And legendary! I think we have planned this three years already, but only now we all had time and money (on the same time) to make this happen. If you have any tips to share, like where to eat, drink, shop and see art, and especially budget friendly but stylish hotel with great breakfast (we do love breakfasts and coffee), please share them below. I’ve been to Copenhagen many times, even lived there one summer, but I’ve never been there Easter time and since it’s been almost two years since I was there last time, I’d be more than happy to hear about the current hot spots in København. Biking is a must at least. And Louisiana. And admiring the beautiful and handsome Danish design, also known as Copenhagen people.

    And we have to see the bridge.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Pääsiäinen 2016 Kööpenhaminassa kera parhaiden Lapin tyttöjen. Voi pojat, että olen innoissani! Kööpenhamina on ehdoton suosikkini kaupungeista, joissa olen onnekseni saanut asua (se oli rakkautta ensisilmäyksellä). Mutta koska edellisestä vierailusta on jo vierähtänyt tovi (ja hotellikin vielä valitsematta) olisin kiinnostunut kuulemaan kaikki mahdolliset vinkit parhaista kahvi / juoma / ruoka / taide / nukkuma ja ostospaikoista. Viimeinen sillä varauksella, että kaupat ovat auki pääsiäispyhinä. Mikäli satut siis tietämään näistä jotain, niin kiitos kerrothan.

    Pyöräillä ainakin pitää. Ja junailla Louisianaan. Ja tietysti katsella miehiä. Koska kauniit ja komeat on tarkoitettu ihailtaviksi.