Land of the midnight sun

My second countdown this year is almost over. We’re very close to Midsummer, which has a magical meaning to most Finns. It’s the nightless night, often considered the biggest celebration of the summer. It is also the turning point towards darker times: daylight starts to diminish minute by minute from Midsummer onwards. I’d like to…

Experience the five seasons in Haltia, part II

I got a wonderful opportunity to visit Haltia, the new Finnish Nature Centre, a few days before the grand opening. They are planning to open the place on Friday 31 May, and invited a few bloggers for a visit last Tuesday. I wrote one blog post already, presenting what Haltia has to offer in terms of…

Photo tour in the Finnish archipelago

Let me start by saying that I wouldn’t normally do this. I’ve seen quite a few of conference and event centers in my life, both in Finland and abroad. I might remember some of them, but mostly the venues just fall into oblivion on my mind. Earlier this week I got to visit a conference venue…

Exploring my Finnish identity

Cross-country skiing seems to be one of our national sports. It’s one of those things you’re expected to know. The expectation somehow comes with being Finnish: just like knowing how to light a fire under the sauna stones, how to manage walking or driving on slippery roads, or how to keep the heat in the…

Into the wild

Home forest is wonderful. To have one, I mean. It’s very quiet in other seasons, but now in the wintertime, it’s absolutely still. What little sounds there might be, the snow muffles them completely. Despite the knee-deep snow where paths normally run, over-eagerness of the dog to pull in every possible direction, and the skiers…

Beautiful stranger

I spent the last weekend with friends in a log cabin some 100 km North of Helsinki. The cabin could actually be called a villa, it’s a wonderful place with all modern amenities like electricity and running water. On Sunday morning, I woke up and looked outside. The greatest, whitest and thickest fog was surrounding…

First snow

It’s the end of October and we got our first snow. Every year people get confused, cars crash and trains start stalling when the snow arrives. As if it was a surprise. Of course it’s not, as we all know it’s coming at some point. But for example, I never look at the weather report.…

September sadness

Well now, it’s been a very quiet September for me. I’ve been taking a small break from writing and online activities, and focusing more on enjoying the colourful new season in the nearby forest, picking mushrooms and smelling the crispy air. Somehow the autumn always creeps up on me, and suddenly, the mornings start to have…

The other side of rain

Firstly, ooops. I accidentally published the above photo without any text. It seems I still have some lessons to learn on publishing posts with the iPad. Anyway, what I meant to say is these delicacies are the other side of the coin. It has rained a lot, which is super boring, but the upside of…