• FINLAND
  • The Other Home Of Mine

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’ve been back to arctic tundra (also known as Lapland, my home) a few days now and as mentioned already, been eating and drinking well. And to earn all that eating and drinking, I’ve been running around Rovaniemi; road running by the river, and trail running on the Ounasvaara trails, an example of which in here.

    The path below is really for biking and since I wasn’t on a bicycle (this time), I have to apologize for the collision danger caused by my unresponsible actions. Normally I really do go according to the written and unwritten rules – and advice you to do the same, as it’s good for everyone – but up here, I just can’t help it and end up running everywhere. (Luckily though the summer season up north is quite quiet still, so I had the trails all to myself this time.)

    After the long periods in Switzerland, I’m always so excited to be back to the flatlands and mellow hills and fjells of Lapland – the air here is so fresh and the uphills so smooth. Not to mention the midnight sun, which messes up your sleep and allows running around whatever hour of the day or night (good way to get the most out of the messed up sleep patterns).

    Oh, and it’s also easy to make pace records here, at least compared to the Alps.

    All the vanity…

    Tiina Kivelä

    Ps. The trails are more than nice for some semi-urban hiking as well. But please note that the signalization is a bit outdated and confusing – new, a better system should be up next year though – so take a map with you when going.


    Where: Rovaniemi 66°N, Lapland, Finland (guide)

  • BLOG
  • Nightless Night Luxury in Rovaniemi

    Tiina Kivelä Hyvä retki

    A strong warm wind messing up my hair. The bright sun which makes all the blonde hair and blue eyes around me shine like the finest of silk and the most exotic of jewels. Street covered with umbrellas and people of all ages dancing salsa on a roof terrace. The bars serving their own signature Negronis.

    Where am I?

    Late last night, sitting in a new restaurant in Rovaniemi, in the Arctic Circle, far up north, I couldn’t help thinking that although small, the scenes of the evening could have happened in any modern city in the world. Or well, in the hipster quarters. We could have been in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Bilbao, even Zürich. At least until the night came and the sun didn’t show any signs of going down. The signature of Lapland.

     I landed here on Wednesday and so far it’s been a perfect summer getaway, despite few confusions. I’ve gotten into sauna – taking care of my wellness – and running in the trails of Ounasvaara. And I’ve had a lovely adult evening, first having drinks at the roof terrace Mökki, of Hostel Café Koti (which is definitely not the kind of hostel you’re used to) and continuing the evening to the recently opened Roka Wine & Kitchen, the second establishment of the par behind another Rovaniemi favorite of mine, Roka Street Bistro.

    While Mökki is the best terrace in town, with dance lessons, palju and sauna option (though just today a rival will be opened by the guys behind Café Bar 21 and Yuca, other favourites of mine) Roka Wine & Kitchen made the best first impression I’ve ever had with a restaurant/wine bar. Excellent wine selection and service (don’t ask for wine list, ask for staff which acts as the walking and talking winelist), stylish decoration (check especially the tableware and the counter covered with white tiles) and simple yet delicious menu, comprised mostly of local ingredients.

    These made a perfect day already, but for my two week’s Lapland trip I have also on my list the gelateria of Cafe Bar 21 – the closest establishment of which I have very conveniently close my northern home – an activity day at Kesärafla, pizza’s at Pure Pizza, drinks and maybe a breakfast in Arctic Light Hotel, the current exhibitions at Korundi, and a trip or two further up north, to the national parks and my family.

    I’ve pinned all my Rovaniemi tips in the map, link to which below the pics, and will be updating all my Lapland tips during these weeks, so stay tuned for more Lapland adventures and tips, which I hope will be helpful if and when you will pay for this awesome place and the midnight sun (fyi, this year the nightless nights season in Rovaniemi is from June 6th to July 7th) a visit some day.

    Until that, adventure, eat and drink well.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä Hyvä retki

     

    Tiina Kivelä Hyvä retki

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where: Rovaniemi, guide

    Roka Kitchen & Winebar Koskikatu 8

    Mökki, Valtakatu 21

  • FINLAND
  • Fake News

    Tiina Kivelä

    It was a long winter. During which I laughed many times to this gentleman, outside restaurant Yuca in Rovaniemi.

    Then one day, in late March, I ate few tacos and drank some tequila and flew away a few days after. But no, that’s the fake news, I didn’t fake my own death nor did I fly to Mexico. I flew to Switzerland, as I have the tendency to do.

    It’s time for new adventures, both in Lapland and in Switzerland and basically all over the place. Today I’m finishing my Easter break in Appenzellerland and tomorrow I will get back to real life challenges like where in St. Gallen there’s good WiFi and coffee in the same place (if you read this and know of any, please tell me).

    You may expect a bit more action in here too from April on, as I finally have a bit more time for that and as I have so much to tell you about! And I will not care if it’s just a person who reads it – I like you and I’m more than happy to hear any feedback you may have.

    I’ll be back with more things soon, but first some sleep (traveling and daylight savings are so tiring!).

    See you later folks!


    FI: Terveisiä Sveitsistä! Maaliskuun lopulla join hieman tequilaa, söin tacoja ja lensin muutaman päivän kuluttua muille maille. Mutta kuvasta poiketen en lavastanut kuolemaani tai lentänyt Mexikoon. Valeuutisia siis. Oikeasti lensin Sveitsiin, kuten tavakseni on tullut.

    Talvi oli pitkä ja kylmä ja naureskelin usein herra luurangolle hänen ohitseen talsiessani (herra löytyy osoitteesta Yuca Rovaniemi). Loppujen lopuksi kevät tuli kuitenkin melkein huomaamattani ja hupsis, löysin itseni taas Sveitsistä, pienen pääsiäisloman ja uusien seikkailujen ääreltä. Ja hupsis, on näillä sivuilla myöskin ollut aika hiljaista viime kuukausina. Mutta ei hätää, pian on asioihin tulossa muutos. Näin aluksi, palaan takaisin suomenkieliseen sisältöön englannin rinnalla, ja seuraavaksi terävöitän kulmiani eli jatkossa suomeksi tulee löytymään erityisesti vaellus – ja retkeilyvinkkejä Sveitsiin, sekä täältä blogista että mm. Instagramista.

    Ja kaikkien elämän helpottamiseksi, jatkossa suomenkieliset kirjoitukset löytyvät helpommin otsikon ja tagin “hyvä retki” alta. Pysykäähän siis kuulolla, jos ja kun kuulostaa kiinnostavalta. Tai pysy kuulolla, ei haittaa vaikka lukijoita olisi vain yksi äiti – rakastan sinua ja kuulen mielelläni palautteesi ja mahdolliset kehitysehdotukset.

    Lisää juttua siis tulossa pian, mutta ensin kunnon yöunet sillä matkustaminen, tunnin aikaero ja kesäaikaan siirtyminen yhden viikon aikana on muuten yllättävän rankka setti.


    Where: Yuca Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland