• BLOG
  • 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. 


    Sleep

    Arctic Light Hotel

    Arctic Treehouse Hotel

    Hostel Cafe Koti

    Scandic Rovaniemi

    Airbnb

    Do

    Northern Lights

    Lapland Safaris

    RollOutdoors

    Ounasvaara

    Korundi

    Arktikum

    Eat & Drink

    Arctic Light Hotel & Arctic Boulevard

    Cafe Koti

    Restaurant Roka *

    Cafe Bar 21

    Yuca

    Nili

    Wakkanai

    Cafe Bar 21

    Move

    Walk

    Run

    Ski (nordic)

    Bike

    Swim

    – longer distances:

    Matkahuolto for buses

    VR for trains

    Rovaniemi Airport (Finnair and Norwegian) for flights

    Airport Taxi Rovaniemi

    or rent a car

  • BLOG
  • Reindeer

    Tiina Kivelä

    Some places have deers in the meadows in the morning light.

    In Lapland, we have reindeer in the fields in the very cold morning light. In other words – local food eating local food. Sorry, I know, a bad joke. I didn’t eat meat that day.


    Where: Roadside between Kemijärvi & Rovaniemi – Lapland, Finland

  • BLOG
  • GETTING SPACE: LAPLAND

    Tiina Kivelä

    I’ve finally made my way to the better (northern) side of the Arctic Circle, the real Lapland. More precisely, I’m typing this from a hotel lobby(when the WiFi doesn’t reach your room, in 2017) in Saariselkä fell resort, where I’m about to run some 15km+ today and tomorrow. While trying to adjust to the landscape which is so enormous and flat. And to the sky which is so big that it’s impossible to describe. You have to feel it.

    Talking about feelings, it’s strange to be back. I guess it’s like with the altitude – you shouldn’t rush to it but let yourself slowly adjust to a different kind of life. Or then you end up like me now… The whole body aching from making my way from sweaty Switzerland to the chilly Lapland on Wednesday after one hour sleep (the 1st of August party was definitely worth the tiredness though). I even had 3 checked in bags and 4 pieces of hand luggage with me (don’t tell the airline; I still don’t know how I did it). Whoopsie.

    And like that wouldn’t have been enough, during the two days in Lapland I’ve already found myself working, orienteering (our family likes to gather in forests) and meeting Santa and stumbling on the rocky paths to acquire some bad ass bruises and scratches (it seems to be that the less risk there is, like 2000m cliff by the trail, the more I stumble). I am rushing with this and feel dizzy, even though I should know better. But if I concentrate on the distance, look at the horizon far far away and think how far the mountains are… I’m not sure if I really want to think about the distance right now.

    Though it’s not so bad really, to slow down. What Lapland lacks in weather, mountains, urban settings and a number of people, it compensates with space, wilderness, freedom and sauna. And the reindeer paths, windy and rarely leading to anywhere, make me think that those creatures seem to know something crucial about freedom. How it’s not about the destination really, but about the journey. Or they are just lost and simply don’t care. Either way, let’s enjoy the ride, whatever speed.

    Now I have to run to run, but please be tuned for more Lapland stories. The map below will also acquire more content soon. Take care, stumble less, and see you later!