Last year, this time, I was in Finland chasing the Northern Lights. It was a two week adventure marking not just my first time to Europe but also my first ever experience of extreme winters and snow.

In two weeks, I travelled to Finland (Rovaniemi & Helsinki), Estonia (Tallinn), Denmark (Copenhagen & Arhaus), Iceland, and Netherlands (Amsterdam).

A year later, this trip still remains very close to my heart. I not only explored a different place with extremely different conditions (mostly insane weather) but in two weeks, unintentionally, I came back a very different person at the end of this trip.

Sharing some of my favourite pictures from the dreamy, snowy, picturesque Finland.

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The Helsinki Ferry Terminal

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An old ruined house in Suomenlinna Fort

 

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An old Soviet style church

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Narrow streets; full of surprises – Suomenlinna Fort

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In winters, the sun sets somewhere between 3 – 3:30 PM. 

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Of shadows and distant horizons

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Rovaniemi – the best view I’ve ever woken up to. The picture still doesn’t do justice to what I saw

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With temperatures as low as -15, everyone was huddled around the fire, cameras ready, waiting for the Aurora Borealis to reappear. I got into a conversation with our lovely guide who told me some interesting local legends associated with the Aurora Borealis.

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The elusive Aurora Borealis

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Christmas spirit in Porobecanhitti, a small town near the Ono River, Finnish Lapland. We were chasing the Northern Lights here.

 

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Reindeer safari.

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The husky safari. The huskies look adorable but they are such insane runners. 

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How can you go to Roavaniemi and not visit the Santa Claus village? Even if it is -14 and death is almost calling, you go to Santa Claus Village. It’s a bus ride from Rovaniemi town center

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The Main Post office at Santa Claus Village. Since it was almost Christmas time, I thought I’ll send myself a nice postcard. Received all the others except this one 😦

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This is how you feel when you experience Arctic circle winters for the first time 🙂

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Or maybe you feel like this. Say hello to Mr Reindeer of the year

 

Have you visited Finland or chased the Northern Lights? Tell me about your experience in the comments.

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