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Finland

  • Why Missing The Northern Lights Wasn’t A Bad Thing

    Why Missing The Northern Lights Wasn’t A Bad Thing

    Feb 16, 2015 Finland

    High on our family’s winter wish list was to witness the majestic Northern Lights. Even my kids knew we were heading to Lapland, Finland to chase this indescribable phenomenon. Our snowmobiling tour didn’t go exactly to plan, but that wasn’t a bad thing. …

  • Nili Restaurant: The 1 Place You Want To Eat In Rovaniemi

    Nili Restaurant: The 1 Place You Want To Eat In Rovaniemi

    Jan 31, 2015 Finland

    On the last day we decided to celebrate our trip to Lapland and visited the highly recommended Lappish restaurant, Nili. Join us as we break down a 3-course Christmas meal. I can tell you there’s a very good reason why Nili rated #1 on TripAdvisor.

  • The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    The Terror Of Losing A Child At Santa Park

    Jan 28, 2015 Finland

    How many kids want to run off and join the circus? Or perhaps go live with Santa? Well my child almost did! And for nearly 15 minutes I was convinced he had been kidnapped by the big red jolly man himself. Fortunately this particular Christmas crisis had …

  • Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Lapland Holidays: Top 8 Things To Do In Rovaniemi, Finland

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    Lapland is THE destination for the ultimate family Christmas holiday. We finally made it to the most northern point of our travels ever - Rovaniemi in Finland. And we knew the hometown of Santa Claus was all about the winter experiences. In fact, our expe…

  • Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Jan 10, 2015 Finland

    This has got to be a Christmas fantasy for any child, let alone for me. Leading up to our trip to Finland, I couldn’t tell who was more excited. Reindeers, huskies, and snow! But the most frequent question we heard was, “when do we see Santa?”. All questi…

  • Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Dec 27, 2014 Finland

    'Traditions Of Christmas' program at Joulukka in Rovaniemi was the perfect introduction to our ultimate family Christmas. A fun afternoon of cute elves, cookie decorating, ornament making and tree decoration plus much more. But something unexpected happen…

  • Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    I couldn’t feel the cold. The predominately white landscape whooshed by me in unadulterated purity and secluded frostiness. Paradoxically, I felt complete stillness and unrestrained speed at the same time. It was the ultimate family Christmas. A Lapland …

  • Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Dec 26, 2014 Finland

    We’ve celebrated Christmas in Australia, the South Pacific, New York and Bethlehem. What could possibly top any of those? Well I heard about one place. A very, very magical place. And like a dog gnawing on a juicy bone, I became fixated on a dreamy Christ…

  • What To Do In Helsinki In Just 24 Hours

    What To Do In Helsinki In Just 24 Hours

    Dec 22, 2014 Finland

    It’s not everyday you visit the capital of Finland. So when we had only 24 (and a bit) hours up our sleeves, we crammed in all the best sights of Helsinki in just 1 day. Plus one fabulous restaurant serving modern Finnish dishes you just have to try.

  • An Island Holiday On Brac, Croatia Could Only Mean 1 Thing

    An Island Holiday On Brac, Croatia Could Only Mean 1 Thing

    Oct 16, 2014 Croatia

    During our stay in Split we frequently glimpsed this iridescent island on the distant horizon and heard it’s beckon. Find out what happened during our 3-night stay and where we discovered Croatia’s best beach.

  • Visiting Davos-Klosters, Switzerland: Accommodation, Transport, Wi-Fi, Food & Attractions

    Visiting Davos-Klosters, Switzerland: Accommodation, Transport, Wi-Fi, Food & Attractions

    Oct 14, 2014 Switzerland

    Switzerland! Where every vista is postcard perfection. And Davos was no different. For us Davos was the marriage of adventure and beauty. Top that off with the region’s friendly yet gentle temperament, divine weather in summer or winter, and it’s a real w…

  • Finding Fabulous Food In Finland (Warning: This Post Includes The F Word)

    Finding Fabulous Food In Finland (Warning: This Post Includes The F Word)

    Sep 10, 2014 Finland

    Before visiting Finland I didn’t realise what I was going to get myself into. I don't use the F word very much, but this blog post needed it. So I apologise in advance to anyone offended by it. But that aside, you'll find some really helpful tips on what …

  • Saimaa: Exploring The Great Outdoors In Finland

    Saimaa: Exploring The Great Outdoors In Finland

    Aug 28, 2014 Finland

    The Saimaa region in Finland smacks of natural beauty.This region is one of the most sparsely populated areas in Europe, but it’s also home to a number of destinations and attractions that will bring out the nature lover in you… even if you didn’t know it…

  • Photography Tour Around Finland’s Saimaa Region

    Photography Tour Around Finland’s Saimaa Region

    Aug 27, 2014 Finland

    There are locations on this planet that have to be seen to be believed. Mere letters and words cannot begin to paint the picture that will do the location justice. Here are a few favourite images from my recent trip around eastern Finland.

  • Finland

    Finland

    Aug 4, 2014 Destinations

    Land of a thousand lakes. This Scandinavian country has been consistently recognised for their exceptional human development, in particular - the world's most liveable city (Helsinki), best education system in the world, least government corruption and hi…

  • Checking Out Finland - Country Of The Thousand Lakes

    Checking Out Finland - Country Of The Thousand Lakes

    Aug 3, 2014 Finland

    In August 2014 I’ll be heading to Finland to explore the beautiful region of Saimaa. Situated in the southwest of the country, this is home to the largest lake in Europe and oodles of breathtaking natural scenery. And you know I love gorgeous landscapes.