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The Huskies of Hetta

Somewhere in the darkness in front of me, six huskies ran. They seemed to dance across the snow, hardly sinking into it at all as they pushed ever forward. Snow crunched under my sled, weighed down with two people and a heaping pile of reindeer skins. The dogs panted and the wind was doing its…

The Best Ways to Explore Utsjoki & Finland’s Remote North

If you’re looking for remote — and if you’re visiting Lapland, chances are you like remote places — it doesn’t get much moreso than Utsjoki. Finland’s northernmost municipality is also once of its most sparsely populated; most sources list the number of people living there as .25 people/km2. That’s not many people at all. Unfortunately…

Spectacular Strupen: A Day Hike to Remember in the Lyngen Alps

Throughout my trips to Norway in the last few years, one thing has always been in the back of my mind. As much as I have loved exploring the country in winter and seeing it in all its snow-frosted majesty, I’ve wanted to go hiking. I’ve wanted to sweat it out climbing high up above…

Inari in Summer: Exploring the Lands of the Thunder God

In many parts of Lapland, the history of the region isn’t immediately obvious. You won’t find any cathedrals erected in 1000AD or even many buildings built prior to 1945, when the retreating Nazis razed nearly all the towns in the region to the ground. While this means you have to dig a little further, it’s…

Swimming Away from my Comfort Zone in Saariselkä

One of the best things about travelling around Finnish Lapland in summer was the sheer number of unique experiences that were available. Even though much of the region shares a very similar geography — rolling fells covered in dense birch and pine forest broken up by hundreds of lakes, which in turn are dotted with…

Hitting the Trails in Ylläs

Two years ago, my visit to Lapland in winter was magical. Everything about it was completely foreign to me, which made the trip that much more special. However, it could occasionally be limiting as well. My complete lack of experience with winter conditions meant that I didn’t trust myself to wander too far away from…

Jet Skiing to the Island of Horses

Usually, if someone mentions horseback riding, it brings to mind rolling hills in the country and river crossings at the base of epic mountains; it makes me think of being out on my own in the country. One thing I can categorically say I did not think of, prior to my trip to Rovaniemi this…

Great Ways To Spend Ruka’s Long Summer Days

Lapland is a region that is well known for its winter attractions. From dogsledding to northern lights watching, nearly all of the activities that immediately spring to mind when people think of Finland’s north are only available during the coldest months of the year. As a ski resort, Ruka (located just south of Lapland in…

Exploring Helsinki’s Archipelago by Kayak

The idea of an archipelago in a Nordic country used to bring to mind thoughts of Volvos inching down roads made of ice, red wooden saunas barely peeking out of the snow, and hovercrafting. I guess that’s not surprising, since all of my experiences in the Nordics up until this summer were at the height…

Segwaying Through the Rainforest at O’Reilly’s

When you think of the rainforest, what comes to mind? Lush green vegetation? Crystal clear streams plummeting off cliffs, creating cascades and waterfalls along the way? Leeches and other fun bugs? I can almost guarantee that one of the things you did not think of was a Segway. These two-wheeled contraptions are usually associated with…
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