Exploring Turku

On our penultimate day in Naantali we took a trip to nearby Turku, an easy twenty minute drive and a lucky find –¬†a free of charge parking spot on a street very close to the cathedral. This is Finland’s oldest town and was the old capital of the country until 1812. It is a seaside…

A Day At Moominworld

Our second day in Naantali was spent at Moominworld, recommended by our friends and somewhere they said we had to visit. Son was not too familiar with the Moomin books and stories but we quickly rectified that before our trip to Finland. Then we set out on a sunny Saturday morning to meet these creatures…

Exploring Naantali

A blast from the past here, back to 2007 and those blissful pre-school days when we were free to travel just when we pleased. We took a trip to Finland in June, timed to have midsummer in Helsinki but before that squeezed in four days in Naantali. This is a holiday resort on the southwest…

Dashing Through The Snow On A Husky Sled

Another of those incredible experiences in Lapland, one we all loved but it nearly didn’t happen. Scheduled to take place early in the week, the temperature at -30 degrees centigrade was deemed by the experts to be dangerously low. Unwilling to risk frostbite we resigned ourselves to missing out, however when the weather warmed up…

A Snowmobile Safari

Snowmobiling is a way of life in Lapland – essential to get around and a very practical option in this snowy wilderness. For us though it was unusual and exciting and I can definitely say there is no more exhilarating way of exploring the wintery woods and landscape than on a snowmobile. We booked our…

Elves And Ice Sculptures At Santa Park

Our second encounter with Father Christmas took place in Rovaniemi – the Finnish Lapp capital and so tied up with Santa that they have two places you can see him. Santa Village, right on the Arctic Circle is great with a post office and other quirky things to see. Husband and I went there in…

Santa’s Secret Hideaway

Santa was not the only reason for this Lapland trip, he was however the main one. We figured that Son, at 6 was the perfect age for this¬†journey beyond the Arctic Circle – still a firm believer in the man with the red suit but also (hopefully) old enough to retain plenty of memories of…