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Baby polar bear at Ranua Zoo

I love Ranua Zoo. I’m not normally much of a zoo person, I have little time for animals being kept in captivity. However, Ranua Zoo is one of the few zoos I’ve ever visited where the animals have homely looking enclosures, and really large spaces to move around in. There is plenty of natural habitat…

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Pictures of the Northern Lights

This year we have been very fortunate to witness some of the strongest and brightest displays of the northern lights in over 20 years in the north of Finland. Sadly, I seem to have managed to be out of the country for every single one of them. However, last night they came out again in…

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No heat without fire

Living in the frozen north of Lapland, heating ones house can be quite a challenge. Especially when the all heating comes from a log burning stove. But at least you’d think, wouldn’t you, that we’d make this as easy as possible. Do clever little things like store the logs near the house, to make this…

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The cat in the suitcase

Natasha French  Guest post You’re looking forward to a sunny break in these dark days of winter. Your bags are packed, but your dog won’t leave your side and the cat has most likely stalked off in a fury. That’s unless you have a cat like my beautiful chocolate and cream Burmese cross. She takes…

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Northern Lights Time Lapse Video

The northern lights this last week have some of the strongest for years, amazing in dire hard locals who don’t go outside for anything less than a full on display. Typical, since this last week I have been in England and I have missed them completely. But never fear, here is a wonderful time lapse…

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More Under Ice Madness

As if the unsettling under water ice fishing was strange enough, a group of divers in Austria it seems have come up with a new craze: underwater hockey. It’s only a matter of time before this takes off over here in Finland too! httpv://youtu.be/58sa4r5k0zk

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Under The Ice

What happens when you mix a couple of bored fisherman, an iced over lake and an underwater video camera? This crazy and unsettling video. It took me a lot longer than it should to work out they were upside down.  

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Light; the best way to travel

People who consider themselves a bit of a globetrotter will always tell you; moving light is the best way to travel. You won’t be burdened by heavy bags which can interfere with the enjoyment of your trip. When travelling anywhere – be it locally or internationally – you want the focus of the journey to…

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Win A Holiday To Finland

Whether it’s to see the northern lights Visit Santa Sleep in an igloo Take a husky safari Or maybe go on a snowmobile trip through the pristine wilderness. Or perhaps you’d prefer summer to see the midnight sun Hike through the unspoilt forests and swim in lakes so clean you can drink them? Or perhaps…

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