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.
The 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.
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 🙂
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That part was a bit scary, but it was so much fun!
That guy on the dogsled was really motoring along! 🙂 Nice GoPro shots in the video (it was GoPro, wasn’t it?)
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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!
Aw, c’mon! Where’s your sense of adventure?
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 🙂
Oh yes, there were many hot saunas to be had!
Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Love the trailer video!
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Thanks Jennifer! It was a blast, and so was making the video!
Damn that looks like fun. AND that was a lot of time in the water…yikes!
SO fun. And the time in the water was much less terrifying then I thought (says me now, several weeks after…) 🙂
Freaking beautiful! Loved the smiles and creative shots in your video. I definitely want to go to Finland now…and yes, in Winter!! 🙂
Thanks Lisa! I think you would love it! 🙂
Woo hoo! Nothing like a great intro video to get us all pumped up for the trip coverage 🙂 Can’t wait to read more!
Lots to come Alex! Glad you enjoyed the video!
Oh man now I feel like I should have done some adventure stuff when I was in Finland. Next time…
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Ah, at least you jumped in the water!
I was cold just looking at you guys doing that.
Insert lots of images of us in hot saunas to warm you up!
So cool! Should things go well I will be there in a couple of months…
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!
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You guys are hard core! The original winter survival plan of blankets, fire and hot chocolate sounded pretty good to me.
I loved Finland when I was there in Summer, but I would love to explore the Lapland sometime! Looks amazing. 🙂
Hahaha! We were not lacking for snow while we were there!