• BLOG
  • Best Vegan Café & Lunch in Rovaniemi – WOODSS

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    One of the funniest things about winter in Lapland is how quiet the nature is, for many months. No birds or other animals – all sleeping or escaped to the south to sip drinks by the pool – and all the sounds softened or fully muted by the snow and cold. In the winter, you also can’t smell the nature. It’s all frozen and sleeping under the thick and fluffy layers of snow and ice.  And when the spring finally arrives… Just wow, all the smells and sounds, in good and bad.

    The past years I have found myself smelling the nature and hearing the birds even middle of the winter, by escaping to Switzerland. And luckily – for the ones without a basecamp in Switzerland – nowadays in Lapland you can also just escape to the new vegan café in the middle of Rovaniemi. For the sounds and a bit of the smell too, thanks to the soundtrack and the plants in the café. Oh, and especially escape here for the taste of nature.

    If and when you are traveling to Rovaniemi or past it, and looking for a good vegan café or just generally a good café, and the feeling of being in the forest when it’s not all frozen, go check WOODSS in the Lordi’s Square, right in the city centre.

    Recently opened cafe serves vegan pastries including delicious raw cakes, coffee drinks made with oat and soy milk, good selection of loose leaf tea, the it drink of today aka the Kerkkä Latte (spruce sprout latte), lunch and toasts and smoothies.  many with natural and local ingredients by Arctic Warriors.

    Yes, it’s very green, it’s very hipster and very vegan. Nevertheless I would say a visit here wouldn’t be a bad idea for a basic eater either. And on top of it all, it’s also an excellent place for little work and studies; either in the café side or in the quiet working corner (left from the counter).


    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    Where: WOODSS, Koskikatu 14-16, Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

  • BLOG
  • 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

  • Finland
  • 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.