• Bern
  • Classics For The Season Opening – Jungfrau Ski Region

    Tiina Kivelä Swiss Alps

    Had to do a trip across half the country again – to good old Jungfrau Ski Region. Though didn’t really have to, wanted to, was invited to and went for few nights and the first day of skiing for this season.

    Noticed how I clearly haven’t trained enough for this kind of sports and also damn it was cold (even for a Finn). But it was beautiful as hell  Swiss Alps at their best. And it was sunny, there was hot chocolate and bratwurst and after ski beer and one of the best parties of the year in Interlaken after the after ski.

    As a pro tip, if and when going to ski here, check the accommodation+ski pass packages. Might give you a “free” night with breakfast for the price of day’s ski pass. Me spoiled kid could – this time again – enjoy the hospitality of friends.

    A friend with these views is definitely a friend to be grateful for. And a very lucky friend.

    Tiina Kivelä Swiss Alps

    Tiina Kivelä Kleine Scheidegg

    Where: Jungfrau Ski Region  – Kleine Scheidegg 2061 m & Lauberhorn Start Bar 2317 m

  • BLOG
  • Mountains & Mountain People

    Tiina Kivelä

    In 2015 I traveled to Engelberg for a little camp, which eventually became one of the most significant travels of mine.

    It cannot be proved how exactly it did what it did. But still I would like to say that especially because of that trip I eventually made my home in Switzerland, and made other challenging things with great success as well. (Of course there’s been failures too, there always is, but I’ve done my best to not do the same mistakes again.)

    Especially on that trip and many times after I pushed myself towards new challenges like never before. More focused, more determined and more grounded.

    One of the biggest inspirations was definitely Matilda (go check the good work they do with the foundation in here) but also others – in Engelberg and in other places – have been of great influence of who I am now and what I go after.

    Oh and the mountains too of course.

    And maybe a bit has to do with the age too – more years and more experiences leave their mark and lessons.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    After Engelberg, there’s been new mountains, new towns, new work, new people, new loves, and new way of living. I did not totally invent myself again and I have done some crazy – or should I say challenging – things before too.

    But I would like to say I am very happy I did that trip, which accelerated a series of trips and adjustments which worked their own transformative powers in me. Like this La Grave in the pics. And I would like to say, with some scientific facts and many empirical studies in my pockets, that a good mix for these processes to happen are the mountains and the mountain people.

    The people with whom you one way or other end up traveling and doing things with and more than else the guides from whom you buy a service from. (Thank you, the ones who end up reading this.)

    Funnily enough, I am currently looking for a place to live in Engelberg. So it’s like a circle would close and I would have found my way to the place (and mountains) which have been calling me for long already.

    In other words, be careful what you sign up for, people. Travels and adventures work their magic constantly.

     

  • Appenzell
  • Instagram Brought Us Here – Appenzell edit.

    Tiina Kivelä

    Most of us have seen the pics. The hut, nestled tightly against and under the mountain face. And the lake, reflecting the surrounding mountains, so green in the summer and so white in the winter. And so many of us have gone there, even me. Or, well, close enough.

    It’s Appenzell, or more precisely the Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli and the lake Seealpsee, and the mountain Säntis above them. A few weeks back we were skiing close by, in the Ebenalp, when it really hit me. Instagram brought us all there. Me, us and most of the people in the mountain restaurant. Without hashtag, we or the places don’t exist.

    Well, Instafamous or not, Appenzell is a very nice region, with nice small ski resorts in the Alpstein massif (pro tip: t-lifts are always a good sign) and very nice local products; Appenzeller beer, cheese and whisky. And whisky trek! So why not to love? And why not go there in summer, when you’ll most likely see my version of the most famous pics too. And get some more (whisky) hiking tips.

    Until that, let’s enjoy the food and drinks.

    Or go voting. Soon it’s time for a very Swiss tradition in the town of Appenzell, the Landsgemeinde, which is the original form of the famous Swiss direct democracy. On the last Sunday in April the citizens entitled to vote gather to the square, under the open sky, to elect their government and courts, and to decide about laws and financial matters.

    These days this form of direct democracy is possible only in the smaller areas though, and yes, Appenzell is one of them. Cheers for democracy!

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä

    Tiina Kivelä


    Where & What & How Appenzell:

    Brauquöll Appenzell for the beer (open year-round)

    Appenzeller Schaukäserei for the cheese (open year-round)

    Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli for food (season opening May 1st 2018)

    Säntis & Ebenalp for views and sweat (summer for hiking, winter for skiing)

    SBB for getting there

    Instagram for inspiration