Finland Travelogue – (Part 7): Helsinki City and Christmas Market

Much has been said about escaping to the capital of Finland, Helsinki to be soaked in the atmosphere of Christmas. Just before we headed back home, we had the opportunity to explore Helsinki city and the Christmas market. Come winter season, there are only few hours of daylight and it is not surprising to see … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 7): Helsinki City and Christmas Market

Finland Travelogue – (Part 6): Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Lapland

Widely regarded as one of the most exotic hotels in the world, it would be a shame not to experience staying at The Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos when visitors are in Finland. Talk about sleeping in Glass Igloos under the shining stars and possibility of seeing the Northern Lights. After a day of snow activities, … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 6): Arctic SnowHotel and Glass Igloos in Rovaniemi Lapland

Finland Travelogue – (Part 5): SantaPark, The Home Cavern of Santa Claus in Lapland

A visit to SantaPark offers an exciting glimpse into the secret going on of Santa’s elves at the Elf School. How about decorating ginger biscuits made using Mrs Claus’s recipe, romping around in the Angry Birds play area (did I say correctly?) and joining other activities in the cavern? Entrance tickets can be purchased online … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 5): SantaPark, The Home Cavern of Santa Claus in Lapland

Finland Travelogue – (Part 4): Ice Fishing with Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Lapland

Fishing takes place all year round, even in winter. Ice fishing is actually a lot of fun, because we can move freely on the surface of rivers and lakes when they are frozen. After the exhilarating reindeer and husky sleigh rides, our guide brought us to experience ice fishing. We were pretty relaxed and did … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 4): Ice Fishing with Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Lapland

Finland Travelogue – (Part 3): Reindeer and Husky Sleigh Ride in Lapland

Our next itinerary is going to enjoy the company of arctic animals where we will visit local reindeer farms and husky kennels and take on a fascinating ride on a sleigh. We had no idea where we were after snowmobiling for one hour. But one thing we knew, we were really deep into the forest. … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 3): Reindeer and Husky Sleigh Ride in Lapland

Finland Travelogue – (Part 2): Airbnb Stay and Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Lapland

Travel like a tourist and live like a local. They need not be mutually exclusive and Airbnb has made it possible for us to enjoy a meaningful holiday with authentic, local experiences. We were really blessed to meet a wonderful host who readily fetched us from Santa Claus Village to his Airbnb abode at no … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 2): Airbnb Stay and Arctic Circle Snowmobile Park in Lapland

Finland Travelogue – (Part 1): Rovaniemi, Santa Claus Village, Santa Claus Office and Snowman World

The unique charm of Lapland spills over to us. We spoke and dreamt that one day, we would have the chance to step our feet into Finland and explore Rovaniemi, the official hometown of Santa Claus, to experience how the locals celebrate Christmas. We arrived at Helsinki airport early in the morning and switched into another domestic … Continue reading Finland Travelogue – (Part 1): Rovaniemi, Santa Claus Village, Santa Claus Office and Snowman World

Stockholm Travelogue – (Part 1): Finnair Airbus A350, The Old Town Christmas Market and Ice Skating in Kungstradgarden

This is our first trip traveling all the way to Sweden and Stockholm, being near to Helsinki (Finland) by just an hour flight, became a part of our itinerary during the school holidays. It is no secret that Sweden is famously known for being the “Land of Ikea”. However, we know in our hearts that … Continue reading Stockholm Travelogue – (Part 1): Finnair Airbus A350, The Old Town Christmas Market and Ice Skating in Kungstradgarden

Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 1): Renting a Campervan and 8 Tips on Self Driving in Iceland

Iceland has a story to tell. The beauty of Iceland travels far and wide and we knew in our hearts that it is a must to visit this country – someday. Reality cannot compete with imagination. The beautiful landscapes look so stunning in pictures and they were breathtaking during our trip there. We kick off … Continue reading Lost in Iceland Travelogue – (Part 1): Renting a Campervan and 8 Tips on Self Driving in Iceland