Permit me to skip about half a day of our Nordics4 48 hour challenge to walk you through the brilliant Finnish city of Helsinki. Needless to say, I will go back and let you know what we got up to in the night after our evening of ‘treasure hunting’ in Helsinki but I just got too … Continue Reading

Finland is a stunning country to explore. It’s one of those places that’s really diverse and actually quite different depending on what region of the country you visit. That being said, it can be hard to narrow down all of the best places in Finland into one trip, especially if you want to cram in … Continue Reading

After our climb up to Pulpit Rock, we finally arrive at the Scandic City Hotel Stavanger  at about 1.30am, cold, exhausted but utterly and thoroughly satisfied! Needless to say, I fell asleep almost immediately! Breakfast the next day at the hotel was quite a fantastic and indulgent affair. Basically, there wasn’t anything that would classify as … Continue Reading

There’s something so incredible about visiting the Nordic Countries, I’m not sure if it’s the crisp air or stunning scenery, but there’s something so special about this region. This is especially true with all the best places in the Nordic countries to visit.  The best part about these countries though is that there’s such a … Continue Reading

Perched in the northernmost part of Finland, Lapland is a stunning and pristine wilderness to explore that’s got everything from the northern lights, polar nights and the midnight sun (in the summer months). Trust me when I say, you’ll be spoilt for choice when looking for the best things to do in Lapland. Whether you’re … Continue Reading

Finland is so much more than Nokia, Angry Birds or even Santa, for that matter. So, there’s every reason why you need to visit Finland. I hadn’t done much research before hopping on the plane. This is totally shameful, I know, but I really wanted to just explore the regions without any firm plans. As you … Continue Reading

The next day was all about animals! We started off with a visit to the reindeers (organised by our hotels – you have to pay extra for some activities but typically, your hotels can help you organise them)… Reindeers serve all sorts of purposes and have done for the Sami people that live here for … Continue Reading

With our treasure hunt in Helsinki’s business district over, we headed straight back to the Hotel Scandic Paasi  to show off our finds for the Scandic Hotels #Nordics48h mini challenege, grab a bite or two to eat and have some much needed and well-earned ‘Loyly’ time. Loyly by the way is the steam that comes from … Continue Reading

The best way to make the most of winter is to fully embrace it. Like no staying indoors, waiting for it to pass but instead, grabbing those snow boots, warm coats and jackets and just heading out exploring. There’s just so much fun to be had in winter and it’s easily become one of my … Continue Reading

A few days ago I realised that I had barely touched any of the Nordic countries on the blog and I just knew I would have to rectify that straight away! In order to rectify that I figured I’d so a mega blog post covering the countries way up North but as it turns out, the … Continue Reading

Winter time always seems to make our thoughts turn to Lapland, Lapland in turn channels in thoughts of Finland and before long, we’re looking through all the deals out there to visit one of our favourites parts of the world. Our experiences in Finland have been shaped (quite a bit) by having Finnish friends who we … Continue Reading

The next morning, we got up bright and early (and thankfully hungover free) headed out to breakfast, swiftly followed by a whistle-stop tour of Helsinki after which we hopped into a taxi and headed to our next surprise destination… Rovio! The home of the Angry Birds. The buildings slowly started to change as we drove out … Continue Reading

The next day, after a leisurely breakfast, we packed our suitcases up and said farewell to Muotka Wilderness Lodge. Fun as it was, we would be moving to a different hotel for the next couple of days here (which is something we’d arrange with Inghams Holiday prior to arriving so no surprises there). As we … Continue Reading

Hi! This is gonna be a really quick post! 🙂 If you’ve been on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook lately then you probably have a sense of what we have been getting up to in our 48-hour challenge across the Nordics with Scandic Hotels. It has been amazing! 🙂 We’ve done and seen so many amazing stuff that I … Continue Reading