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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 !

    tiinakivela.com/helsinki

    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.

  • BLOG
  • Theme of 2019 – Wellness

    St. Gallen Tiina Kivelä

    St. Gallen 2019 Tiina Kivelä

    It’s been pretty few days, with the snow eventually coming, in loads. I’ve fought the urge to go skiing – yes I said loads and it would be so fluffy in Eastern Switzerland and Austria– as there is a lot to do and plan and rest these days. And more than else rest. For my theme of 2019 will be wellness, I just decided. Rest included.

    Wellness. The new luxury. The kind of wellness (from my personal point of view) where you carefully consider what you need to feel good, do good and be good. And then, you do that, get that and make that. Simple as that. Or maybe not.

    And to help with this simple or not so simple thing, I listed down few things I am going to focus on more carefully this year. Here you go:

    Food – More veggies, less processed food. I’m not into taking any extra stress nor spending a lot of time and energy thinking food, but I do try to eat and drink more of what keeps me healthy, makes me feel good and what tastes good. Going vegan would be trendy, yet I will just try to eat a bit better. For myself and the planet. In 2019 happy and wellbeing me me will also continue to be Arctic Warrior ambassador, so the superfoods are guaranteed and maybe some more tips coming up in the blog too.

    Love – Not going into detail in here, but 2019 I will continue on the path I chose in 2018. Which is about being grateful for what one has and to not take anything for granted. By now I also know how one has to work (hard) for the best things too. When one works hard with a good focus, knowing what one wants, it most likely leads to something very good. And what’s better than as much love as possible?

    Work – Funnily enough, in 2019 I want to do more and I want to do better. Especially professionally. I want to use my skills and knowledge to make a change,  but I also wanna challenge myself, gain new skills and strengthen the already existing ones. And yes, I also want to have (more) work to get money to pay the rent and support the wellness goals.

    Wellbeing (physically and mentally) – Health is wealth and for me (though I do think this goes to everyone – humans were made to move and do things with their whole body) physical activity, especially outdoors is what keeps me going in a good way and which keeps my body and mind feeling and being well. For me, it’s a way to train the body but also to disconnect from all the hustle and puzzle of modern everyday life, to focus fully on the trail ahead, the snow under my skis and the mountains to conquer. Preferably followed by some yoga, sauna and spa time. And good long sleep.

    Travel – As a tourism researcher from my education, I do acknowledge the good effects of good travel. For wellbeing as well. And this year again, I want to travel and travel good  – gain as many transformative experiences as possible, see new places and step out of my comfort zone – but also to travel to feel absolutely, totally, extremely comfortable.

    So please 2019, show me as many outdoor adventures, spa hotels and foreign places as possible.

    Ps. More travel trends, health and wellness included, in here.


    Where: St. Gallen, Switzerland