• Rovaniemi Guide

    Tiina Kivelä

    Looking for a brief Rovaniemi city guide? Look no more – here’s my tips on where to sleep, eat, drink and what to do in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland. Better visuals and downloadable version coming soon – but here’s something to start with, right before winter holiday’s, or as we in Finland say – ski holiday season. 


    Arctic Light Hotel

    Arctic Treehouse Hotel

    Hostel Cafe Koti

    Scandic Rovaniemi



    Northern Lights

    Lapland Safaris





    Eat & Drink

    Arctic Light Hotel & Arctic Boulevard

    Cafe Koti

    Restaurant Roka *

    Cafe Bar 21



    Himo Sushi





    Ski (nordic)



    – longer distances:

    Matkahuolto for buses

    VR for trains

    Rovaniemi Airport (Finnair and Norwegian) for flights

    Airport Taxi Rovaniemi to get from airport to the city centre& other way round

    or rent a car

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  • Hyvää Syntymäpäivää Suomi

    Tiina Kivelä

    Happy Birthday, Finland!

    The ones who don’t know, Finland turned 100 years old yesterday( the day’s called Independence Day aka Itsenäisyyspäivä). And for the occaions, if I’d say what I’m most grateful for this country, I’d say the Finnish passport (and almost as high would be nature in Lapland). With that, I’ve been able to travel, see the fireworks for Swiss national day (and drink free beer and dance to the morning in the middle of the street) and to get the social security, which might be the best in the world.

    For once I was Finland for the party, though as the tradition goes, no proper parties for me. For the ones who don’t know this either, I couldn’t even buy champagne, nor sauna beer for the occasion, because I forgot that I’m in Finland, in where they close the wine and good belgian beer shop (aka Alko) early the day before (and stay closed the party day), and that the supermarket stops selling average beer at 9 PM (I was on that line 5min late this time).

    Oh well, it’s been very healthy, sporty and productive celebration. At least I got the sauna.



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  • Good Place To Work Helsinki – Café Tarina

    Tiina Kivelä Tarina

    Lately, I’ve worked a lot from cafés and other places while ”on the road”. And I thought it would be good idea to start sharing my good finds in here too. No matter how trendy “sport” this is, finding a good remote work place isn’t easy, especially when in need for good WiFi, power outlets and reasonable prices. There are few listings up around the internet, but I thought I could add my own comments and reviews of places I can recommend for working, meetings and similar.

    First up is Helsinki, capital of Finland. And in there, a place bit far from the city centre, nevertheless good. It’s a café with a hint of bistro, called Café Tarina. It comes with excellent service, relaxed, cool and quiet atmosphere, fast Wifi (ask for the password) and excellent cinnamon rolls. On the minus side, it’s far from city centre (appr. 20mins with public transport) , it’s crowded and a bit noisy during lunch rush hour, Helsinki priced, and it has no power outlets easily available. So remember extra power and some more cash for a good and productive work day.

    I might make it a Monday tradition to add more places like this here, so stay tuned if and when you also like your workdays with cinnamon rolls and good coffee. They’ll come with a tag “good place to work”. Until that, let’s keep on typing and surviving another work week the best we can.

    Where: Café Tarina, Laajalahdentie 20, 00330 Helsinki / two espresso cups out of three

    FI: Sarjassamme hyvä etätyö/freelancer paikka Helsingissä. Café Tarina.