Looking for gems in the Amethyst Mine

On our way back to Rovaniemi at the end of our Lappish holidays we visited the Lampivaara Amethyst Mine located in Pyhä-Luosto National Park. To get to the mine we had to walk about 2km across the forest. The route was very nice, but – as always – there were plenty of annoying mosquitos.     Visitors…

Museum Siida in Inari

During our Arctic holidays we decided to explore a little more the culture of Sámi people by visiting the Siida Museum located in the village of Inari. Inari lies on the shores of one of the largest Finnish lakes, picturesque Inarijärvi. On the very day of our visit the sun was supposed to set there for…

Hiking in Arctic

I completely fell in love with Arctic and just can’t wait to go back! We spent few days close to Saariselkä in the Urho Kekkonen National Park. The area is perfect for hiking. There are lots of trails well prepared and signposted. We rented a cozy wooden cabin lost in the woods. It had sauna,…

Falling in love with Norwegian coast

The day after the whale safari we decided to rest a little and tranquilly explore the Norwegian coast. It was a beautiful and sunny day (which I could not and still can not get over! Oh, if only we’d had such weather during our safari, it would have been much much better!). We went for a small walk…

Whale Safari in Norway

This was a crazy idea from the very beginning. But since sometimes I can be really stubborn, we dedicated part of our Arctic holidays to go to Norway for a whale safari. *** Getting there was an adventure itself. On the day after the visit in Santa Claus Village, in the very early morning (after…

Santa Claus Village

Being in Rovaniemi one just has to go and say “hello” to the Santa Claus! They say he’s the real one, but… well, we somehow do not believe them. Nevertheless it is kind of exciting experience. Santa Claus business got so popular that now there are two places to choose from – one next to another! There’s…

Visiting Rovaniemi

We started our Lappish holidays by visiting Rovaniemi. Although the city is not too pretty, it made a good impression on us. Quiet, well maintained and in a beautiful riverside location. We spent there a really lovely and intense time. *** Our travel from London to Rovaniemi took more than 24h. We took a plane from Gatwick…