Frosty greetings from Rovaniemi, Lapland.
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
Yesterday I told you about trail running in Ounasvaara on summer, which made me realize that I haven’t even told you about the winter trail running in Rovaniemi! Which is almost as good – maybe even better – as the summer version.
Just look at the snowy landscape from past February in here.
In winter, the best option for everyday trail running up here is to follow what’s called as the “winter walking trail” in the Ounasvaara hill next to the city. Starting from the city, you first run up from the left side of the other end of Jätkänkynttilä bridge (the starting point in my guide in here) to the observation tower and resting point, with fireplace and dry wood (on a good day). From there, you continue a bit more up and then right, to the mast and Sky Ounasvaara Hotel, from the south-east corner of which (really, go to the exact corner of the hotel – it’s hard to believe but the path really goes from there) you may continue to the signed (poorly though) winter walking loop trail of appr. 6km. (You may upload the GPS track from here.)
At the end of the loop, when you reach the cross-country trail “entrance” and parking lot, you may turn right and continue the rest of the loop trail back to Sky Ounasvaara and go back the city along the same trail you came up. Or you may as well turn left here, and continue downhill past Santasport, directly to the city and sauna and after run beers.
Please note that running on cross-country tracks is strictly prohibited in Finland (as it ruins the tracks and is dangerous as well) and that there are also many MTB trails in the area, along which you can basically run, though I wouldn’t recommend that either (again for the security reasons).
I know, since the MTB trails are better signed than the hiking/walking trails and for few other reasons they are very tempting for running and walking (I’ll write about biking those a bit later), but still, better to keep on the walking paths when running/hiking. For that, in addition to the winter walking path, the snowshoe tracks found in the area, especially the ones made by big tour groups, are an excellent option. They are rarely, if ever, marked, but offer a nice adventure as long as you find your way out of the forest in the end/when getting hungry. And of course, the snowshoe walking is also a nice activity to try, if you fancy that.
I really hope that the current work they are doing on improving the overall signalization of the nature trails in the city will help and all the trails will be better marked and tempting in the future, as currently even I get lost here from time to time.
The views are worth a detour or two, though.
Where: Ounasvaara, Rovaniemi, Lapland