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  • My Lapland Ritual

    Tiina Kivelä Lapland

    One of those. My favourite Lapland rituals. xc-skiing. Skating style.

    It’s good to be back in Lapland and on cross-country tracks. Even though, I clearly notice that I haven’t trained enough for the season of one of the toughest, if not toughest, sports in world.

    It requires the endurance of ultrarunning, the sprint speed of mountain biking, the mental toughness of open water swimming, and, at times, can put skiers in situations of real exposure.––– To be successful, athletes must maintain unparalleled cardiovascular fitness in addition to muscular strength and coordination.

    Yes, it’s tough, and if not born skis attached to your feet like I kinda did, it’s better to get a good amount of (technique) lessons and good gear before gliding away.

    Nevertheless, it’s nice and more than worth it. And humbling.

    Exercise, meditation (kind of) and fresh air (one of the purest in the world). All in one.  And when it’s crispy cold, sauna afterward melts.

    On top of it all, you really earn your beer skiing nordic.


    Where: Ounasvaara, Rovaniemi, Finland

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  • Helsinki, finally !

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    Finally !* because of a good selection of unique and even luxurious hotels in the Helsinki city centre.

    First in Helsinki opened the St. George by the Kämp Collection Hotels, then next week there will open Lapland Hotels Bulevardi (awww for Arctic Luxury below Arctic Circle) and already before this ones like Lilla Roberts (my current favourite) and Clarion Hotel Helsinki – a bit out of the city centre – have paved the way for Helsinki to be a city with a good selection of quality and vision to choose from when it comes to good night sleep.

    Next week, I’m myself going to Helsinki for business – Matka Travel Fair is waiting – and since the wellness theme, thinking of taking one or two of the above mentioned into closer inspection.

    Hear more about Helsinki after that, and soon more about Lapland, where I’m currently keeping in from a very arctic winter storm. It’s cold and stormy but oh so beautiful.


    Where: Helsinki


    * Could also be the snow Helsinki too has now.