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Uncovering the best family holidays

Finland

August 2014

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 highest number of heavy metal bands per capita. Find out why this is the considered by many as the best place the live.

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

    Why Missing The Northern Lights Wasn’t A Bad Thing

    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. Find out why.

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

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

    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

    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 a merry ending.

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

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

    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 experiences in Rovaniemi were amongst the most exhilarating and entertaining experiences we’ve had in our decades of travel.

  • Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    Meeting the REAL Santa at Santa Claus Village, Rovaniemi

    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 questions were leading to one place - Santa Claus Village.

  • Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    Lapland Christmas: An Evening With The Elves

    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 happened in that cold, dark forest. Find out more...

  • Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    Husky Sledding In Lapland: My Favourite Safari In Rovaniemi

    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 winter paradise.

  • Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    Rovaniemi: The Ultimate Family Christmas

    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 Christmas that would top all the others. It could only be in the one-of-a-kind: Rovaniemi, Finland.

  • What To Do In Helsinki In Just 24 Hours

    What To Do In Helsinki In Just 24 Hours

    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.

  • Saimaa: Exploring The Great Outdoors In Finland

    Saimaa: Exploring The Great Outdoors In Finland

    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 existed. So what can you do when you visit Finland in summer? Let me show you.

  • Photography Tour Around Finland’s Saimaa Region

    Photography Tour Around Finland’s Saimaa Region

    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.

  • Checking Out Finland - Country Of The Thousand Lakes

    Checking Out Finland - Country Of The Thousand Lakes

    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.

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