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One question I get asked on a daily basis is, “So, what’s your favorite place?” I’m not a fan of having to answer that question constantly, but I understand why people ask me, so I have a quick go-to response: “My favorite countries are Croatia, Italy, South Africa, Thailand, and Japan.”
But that list is incomplete. It says nothing about how I feel about Finland.
From reindeer and Huskies to the magical northern lights, Finnish Lapland has captured my imagination for a long time.
Being part-Scandinavian (my grandfather was from Bergen), I’ve always been obsessed with those Scandi countries.
Two years ago, we spent part of summer in Finland, in Helsinki but also in Keuruu, in the middle of “the land of a thousand lakes”.
Finnish nature echoes Finnish culture in many ways, and I found that its observation helps you understand a little how their way of life sprung from their environment
The Northern Lights, also called the Aurora Borealis, are perhaps almost single-handedly to blame for my obsession with visiting cold countries. Don’t get me wrong, coming from the UK, where it’s never really cold enough and never really hot enough (not for too long anyway), the scenery in so many cold destinations is nothing short of mind-boggling...
An icy wasteland or one of the last true adventure islands? You decide.