The Winter Wild

I grew up in the Great White North of Canada, which typically meant eight months of winter. And my idea of a *perfect* winter day involved lots of blankets, a roaring fire, and free-flowing hot cocoa. Basically, total avoidance of what was going on outside.

finlandmapThe Finns, on the other hand, appreciate the winter season like none we have ever met. And so when we egged them on, saying: “Give us your best shot, Finland,” well, they did.

If you’re a fan on our Facebook page and followed along on the trip, you got a taste of the freezing ringer that we were put through. On our flight out of Finland, we counted that we subjected ourselves to being submersed in outdoor bodies of water no less than 9 times.

(Might I remind you that we were in the Kainuu region of Finland, just a few hundred kilometers south of the Arctic Circle. Oh, and it was February.)

It was indeed a lot of fun though, even if said fun was accompanied by several girlish screams, a few scrapes and bruises, and the same long-johns being worn for five days in a row.

Nothing tells the story of extreme activities better than video! Consider the following a “trailer” of some of the things you’ll see coming out on the blog in the next few weeks (complete with girlish screams, of course)…

This is: “The Winter Wild, in Finland”



We visited Finland as guests of Visit Finland and Wild Taiga, but as always, all opinions are our own.


27 Comments... Read them below or add one of your own
  • March 11 2013

    So glad you guys survived it! haha I would be sooo scared if the ice broke away on me like that and I fell in! Looks like a lot of fun! I would love to go dog sledding some day 🙂
    cailin recently posted..Girona, Living Like A Local #video

    • March 15 2013

      That part was a bit scary, but it was so much fun!

  • March 11 2013

    That guy on the dogsled was really motoring along! 🙂 Nice GoPro shots in the video (it was GoPro, wasn’t it?)
    James Shannon recently posted..A Stroll To The Mall Of Asia, Through Metro Manila In The Philippines

    • March 15 2013

      Thanks James – yes, a lot of it was GoPro, and then also our Galaxy SIII and SLR when we could. 🙂

  • Looks like a great place to visit…in the summer!

    • March 15 2013

      Aw, c’mon! Where’s your sense of adventure?

  • Jarmo
    March 11 2013

    Glad that you guys liked Finland, it’s great place for visiting! 🙂 The winters do offer lots of fun stuff to do like skiing, playing around in the snow and swimming in a frozen lake 🙂 Hope you had a hot sauna after the dip to the lake 🙂

    • March 15 2013

      Oh yes, there were many hot saunas to be had!

  • March 12 2013

    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Love the trailer video!
    Jennifer recently posted..Dinner in the Dark

    • March 15 2013

      Thanks Jennifer! It was a blast, and so was making the video!

  • March 13 2013

    Damn that looks like fun. AND that was a lot of time in the water…yikes!

    • March 15 2013

      SO fun. And the time in the water was much less terrifying then I thought (says me now, several weeks after…) 🙂

  • March 13 2013

    Freaking beautiful! Loved the smiles and creative shots in your video. I definitely want to go to Finland now…and yes, in Winter!! 🙂

    • March 15 2013

      Thanks Lisa! I think you would love it! 🙂

  • March 13 2013

    Woo hoo! Nothing like a great intro video to get us all pumped up for the trip coverage 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!

    • March 15 2013

      Lots to come Alex! Glad you enjoyed the video!

  • March 13 2013

    Oh man now I feel like I should have done some adventure stuff when I was in Finland. Next time…
    Ayngelina recently posted..Feel More Alive

    • March 15 2013

      Ah, at least you jumped in the water!

  • March 14 2013

    I was cold just looking at you guys doing that.

    • March 15 2013

      Insert lots of images of us in hot saunas to warm you up!

  • March 14 2013

    So cool! Should things go well I will be there in a couple of months…

    • March 15 2013

      Ah – enjoy Federico! Hopefully it’s still frozen enough for you to do some of these fun activities!

  • Looks like you guys had an awesome time! Makes me want to go!

    I love your adventurous spirit!
    Nicole @ Suitcase Stories recently posted..Isla Mujeres – Our awesome day out off the coast of Cancun

  • Emily in Chile
    March 17 2013

    You guys are hard core! The original winter survival plan of blankets, fire and hot chocolate sounded pretty good to me.

  • March 19 2013

    I loved Finland when I was there in Summer, but I would love to explore the Lapland sometime! Looks amazing. 🙂

  • Laura @Travelocafe
    March 25 2013

    More snow!!!!!!

    • March 26 2013

      Hahaha! We were not lacking for snow while we were there!

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