Finland

Finland: the land of midnight sun, midsummer traditions and during the winter… a lot of snow. Our dear home country. The safest place on the planet, mostly. We have four seasons: beautiful summers, cold winters and then lovely short periods of warm springs and colourful autumns in between. We have free healthcare and education and we created Angry Birds.

Finland might not be considered the most exciting destination in the world, but it should definitely be a little bit higher on everyone’s travel goal bucket list. We don’t write a lot about it, but we’re definitely working on changing that. After all, there’s quite a lot of magical stuff to see and do here!

April 4, 2019

Things That Made Me Cry: “Inherit The Dust” by Nick Brandt

I rarely cry in public. But the older I get, the easier I tear up over the good things. I used to cry about sad things quite easily when I was younger, but these days… the […]
March 23, 2019

This Snow Village in Finland is a Stunning Tribute to “Game of Thrones”

Have you heard about the Game of Thrones snow village yet? When we say “snow village“, we aren’t kidding or making it up: such a thing exists and it’s even more magnificent than you could ever […]
December 20, 2018

Hotel Oscar: The Warmest Welcome Of The Fall In Varkaus

Hotel Oscar in Varkaus welcomed us earlier this fall on a cold Monday with our car full photography gear. On our way from Helsinki we tried to remember if either one of us had ever been […]
October 9, 2018
Hotel Sveitsi: Fangirl Quest in the hotel lobby

Hotel Sveitsi: Escaping The Mundane In Hyvinkää

One of the biggest tragedies of our travels is that whenever we get to stay in a nice hotel, it’s usually just to sleep for a few hours. We rarely get to enjoy all the amenities […]
September 8, 2018
Marko Saaresto walking down Ehrensvärdintie in Eira, Helsinki.

Get To Know Helsinki With Poets Of The Fall

Aside from our passion for great TV shows & movies, we share another love: we both adore Poets of the Fall, a Finnish band formed in 2003. They are the reason we met and the reason […]
June 27, 2017
Stand Up Paddleboarding in Helsinki

SUP? Stand Up Paddleboarding In Helsinki!

It’s good to have some active friends around you. You know, the kind that get ideas and then head out to just make them happen. This was exactly the case last week when my friend Karl […]
June 12, 2017
Laitakaupungin Valot Helsinki

Helsinki Movie Locations: Some Of Our Famous Neighborhoods

The capital of Finland, Helsinki, is not the biggest capital in the world: a little over 600,000 people inhabit our precious home town. Not many internationally famous films have been filmed in Helsinki (or Finland for […]
February 22, 2017
The view from the hotel over Hakaniemi is stunning.

Hilton Helsinki Strand: Combining Work With Luxurious Relaxation

Ah, hotels! Even after hundreds of hotel check-ins all over the world, it’s always nice to check in to a new one. I spent a couple of luxurious, peaceful days at Hilton Helsinki Strand during the MATKA […]
February 16, 2017
Lahti, Finland: Canon M3 sample photos: a birch tree in sunlight

Here’s Some Soothing Spring Photos For All The Winter Hating Grumps

Living in Finland is sometimes quite hard for those of us who aren’t big fans of all the cold and dark, snow and sleet, long dark nights and short days without sunlight. In other words: winter. The […]