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Finland | 2017

Stina Silegren

finland
 

I've been to Finland...4 times? 6 times? Not sure, I've lost count. This has been my favourite trip to Finland so far! Lots of time spent with family, and lots of adventures :) I wanted to create a brief timeline of my trip, which has in turn made a looooong post. Oh well! :P You can skip all the chit chat and just browse the pics. 

 

The Wedding

After a full day of travelling, we arrived in Oulu, Finland for my brother's wedding. It was a busy day start to finish, with few pics captured on my camera, but a lovely lovely wedding. 

wedding

 

Arctic Circle / Santa's Village

After the wedding day, we started on different adventures every day. First stop - Arctic Circle!! "You are no longer a tourist, you are an explorer" LOL. We got to meet santa claus in his village, and see the reindeer!!

santasvillage
arctic circle
santas village
santas village
santas village
santas village
santas village

 

Husky Dog Sled Ride

While in Rovaniemi, we went for a dog sled ride. This was undoubtedly my favourite part of the trip, I LOVE huskies :) :) :) The dogs were awesome, they love running, & the views were incredible!!

dog sledding
dog sledding
dog sledding
dog sledding
dog sledding
dog sledding
dog sledding

Finland in full...FULL of birch trees!!

 

LumiLinna / Snow Castle

The next day we drove to Kemi, and visited LumiLinna (Snow Castle) and it blew our minds!! There were so many ice sculptures, and all the snow detailing was hand carved. This year, the theme was Suomi 100...because Finland turns 100 years old this year!! 

ice castle
ice castle
ice castle
ice castle

They had a restaurant, but we wouldn't have been able to sit through an entire meal, little chilly in there. So we opted for some hot chocolate, and cold pulla (classic Finn baked good) which we microwaved :P

Outside, we saw the sun at it's highest that day - so beautiful!!

ice castle
ice castle

 

Oulu, Finland

We also got a chance to explore Oulu finally! Visited the kaupatorri (city market) where they had lots and lots of baked goodies, chocolate, and meat LOL. Core components of a Finn diet. And obviously took my pic with the Oulun polliisi (police) :) 

oulu
oulu
oulu
oulu
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki

 

Tallin, Estonia

We decided to make our way to Estonia as well! It was our only day with sub-par weather, but I'll take it! There was sunshine every other day, a rarity during the winter months. Basically just lots of pictures of old buildings and cobblestone roads :P

estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia
estonia

 

Helsinki, Finland

As our trip was coming to an end, we finally got a chance to explore Finland's capital city, Helsinki! It was so warm that day, we ate lunch outside! Lots of walking around and shopping that day :) 

helsinki
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki
helsinki

I took over 800 photos, so difficult to narrow down to a few!! Definitely a trip to remember.

Hope you enjoy,