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The Northern Lights Village And Star Arctic… In Lapland, Finland

The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we packed our suitcases up and said farewell to Muotka Wilderness Lodge.

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Fun as it was, we would be moving to a different hotel for the next couple of days here (which is something we’d arrange with Inghams Holiday prior to arriving so no surprises there).

As we had a free morning to kill, we made our way over to the Northern Lights Village which is just a hive of lots of different Lapland fun.

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You can stay here (they have rooms with glass roofs so you can see the Northern Lights in bed if they come out), sauna, old-style Sami houses (the Sami people are the ones who live around here), reindeers, dog-sledding – the lot!

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The morning here started with a sort of aimless amble around the village, the kind that’s just ...


The First 24 Hours In Lapland, Finland

The best way to make the most of winter is to fully embrace it. Like no staying indoors, waiting for it to pass but instead, grabbing those snow boots, warm coats and jackets and just heading out exploring. There’s just so much fun to be had in winter and it’s easily become one of my favourite seasons to travel.

And I’m not even talking about travel to warm places to escape winter… I’m talking about heading deep into the coldest places out there to make the most of winter at its peak.

Somehow, last year, we ended up having no real wintry trips planned (not even sure why now) and so as soon as the new year came around, a trip somewhere cold was the first thing on my mind.

Before long, we were booked onto an Ingram’s Holiday trip to Finnish Lapland, in the Arctic Circle for a f...


20 Places You Should Visit in 2020


2019 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2020. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration.

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South Africa

It’s been a few years since South Africa has been the star of travel media coverage, which is unfortunate. After making some incredible headway in travel and tourism, the nation took some steps backward making planning a trip there more challenging...


ETIAS: the new visa waiver program for the Schengen Zone

Are you thinking of one day visiting one or more of the Schengen member states of Europe? Whether you’re drawn by the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, the sunshine and beaches of Spain or the relaxed pace of life in Greece, you need to be aware of some changes that are due to take place.

From the end of 2021, there will be a new visa waiver programme for visitors to the Schengen Zone, an area that...


The Ultimate 7 Day Finland Itinerary for Winter

If you’re looking for the perfect winter wonderland destination, look no further than Finland.

We’ve had some incredible trips to Finland in winter. It was the first place I saw the Northern Lights, the snowy landscapes are spectacular, and there are loads of fantastic winter activities to choose from.

Finland is a fairly big country though, so you might be wondering how best to spend your time here when visiting in winter. Well, wonder no more. With our detailed 1 week Finland itinerary we’ve got you covered.

This itinerary will have you visiting many of the highlights of Finland, including Finnish Lapland and the capital city of Helsinki. It will take you deep into the Arctic Circle, give you the chance to sleep in a glass igloo, and even have you meeting Santa himself.

We’ve also ...


Things to do in Rovaniemi Finland

The city of Rovaniemi is found just within the Arctic Circle in Finland. This location makes it the perfect place for taking part in a range of winter activities in Finland.

Whilst it’s popular in winter for things like Northern Lights watching, husky sledding, and snowmobiling, there’s a lot more to Rovaniemi than just winter activities.

There are some excellent museums and other cultural attractions as well as a great food and cafe scene. Being surrounded by nature means there’s also plentiful opportunities for hiking and cycling throughout the warmer months as well.

We’ve visited Rovaniemi a number of times, and wanted to share with you some of our favourite things to do in Rovaniemi in both winter and summer to help you plan your own trip.

As well as things to do, we’re also go...


30+ Things to Do in Helsinki Finland

As the capital city of Finland, there are a lot of things to do in Helsinki. This is true at whatever time of year you visit – we’ve visited Helsinki in both summer and winter, and we’ve never run out of things to do.

Helsinki is a cultural hub, and in our opinion is the best place in Finland to come for culture, shopping, museums, fine dining etc. There’s an incredible array of museums to visit, as well as a UNESCO world heritage site, lovely cafes and bars, green spaces, outdoor art installations – and lots more.

Today we’re going to share with you a complete list of the best things to do in Helsinki, including many of our personal favourites. This will give you loads of ideas for your visit, whether you are visiting Helsinki in winter or in summer...


14 Best Places In Finland To Visit

Finland is a stunning country to explore. It’s one of those places that’s really diverse and actually quite different depending on what region of the country you visit. That being said, it can be hard to narrow down all of the best places in Finland into one trip, especially if you want to cram in as much as possible.

The thing is, you’ve got the incredible Finnish cities and towns to visit but then, you’ve got dreamy places like Lapland and the hundreds of islands that perched all around its shores. Honestly, you will be spoilt for choice! 

Now, with any trip, one of the biggest factors to consider is the time you have. That’s why I wanted to share some of my favourite and the best places in Finland you should think of adding to your trip...


Top 10 happiest countries in the world


Perhaps your idea of happiness is a pristine beach off the Caribbean, a glass of vintage red on the French Riviera or an unexpected hotel upgrade, but what about the happiness of a nation? The winner of this year’s World Happiness Report may come as a surprise to some. For the second time in a row, Finland has been crowned the happiest nation on the planet.

Using data collected over the previous three years by independent poll group Gallup, the UN report ranks countries on “how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be” based on income, freedom, trust, healthy life ex...


Helsinki Card Review – Is the Helsinki Card Worth Buying?

If your travels are taking you to Helsinki Finland, we recommend that you take a look at getting a Helsinki Card. This is a sight-seeing card that offers free and discounted entry to a number of attractions across the city, as well as travel on all the local public transport options in the city.

We’ve used the Helsinki Card on various trips to Helsinki, and based on our experiences using the card, we wanted to share a full Helsinki Card review so you can decide if the Helsinki Card is worth buying.

We’re going to go through everything you need to know, including the benefits of the card, where to buy a Helsinki Card, how much the Helsinki Card costs, and our experiences buying and using the Helsinki Card ourselves.

What is the Helsinki Card?

The Helsinki Card is a sightseeing pass for ...