• Finland,  Mountainous Monday

    Mountainous Monday: Saana

    This week we’ll tell you about Saana, a 1.029 meter high mountain in Northern Finland. Sanaa is located in Finnish Lapland in the Enontekiö region, close to the border of Norway. It is the most famous mountain in Finland. The reason for this is that it has a remarkable shape, which stands out like a giant rock, near the village of Kilpisjärvi. It gives great views over the neighbouring countries Sweden and Norway. Not far from Saana is Halti (1.324 metres) which is Finland’s highest fell or mountain. This mountain is a bit further away into the wilderness, so that’s why Saana is a much more popular stop for a nice climb…

  • Finland,  We12inspire

    Things you just have to do when in Finland

    1. Go to a sauna and jump into the lake afterwards Finland and saunas belong together. I won’t have to tell you about saunas, however I will tell you about the proper Finnish way to do it. Going to a sauna that is. A question often asked is if you should wear bathing clothes or if you go naked. In Finland, going to a sauna is a thing you normally do with friends and family. So if you are with strangers, there are two options: either men and women take turns and go separately or you wear your bathing clothes… Before entering the sauna, take a shower. If you are going…

  • Finland,  We12inspire

    Outdoors Finland: 10 things to do in Saimaa

    Click here to go to the Dutch version of this post. At the end of August, I had the chance to visit Finland’s Saimaa region.  Saimaa is the biggest lake in Finland and also the fourth biggest natural freshwater lake in Europe. Surrounded by cities as Lappeenranta, Savonlinna and Mikkeli it’s not only a great place for some urban adventures but mostly it’s a perfect spot for various outdoor activities. Today I’m sharing my favorite things to do in Saimaa with you. 1. Go paddling You haven’t been to Finland if you haven’t been canoeing or kayaking. The Finns love their waters and can be found there for a large portion…

  • Finland,  We12inspire

    A new adventure: outdoors Finland!

    It’s going to be an exciting week for us! While Martijn is climbing some peaks in the Swiss Alps, Anto is staying on lower grounds, however quite a bit further up north. She’s going to Finland for the Outdoors Finland bloggers trip, hosted by Visit Finland. What do YOU know about Finland? Some things we knew before we ever set foot in it were: – There’s thousands of lakes. And even more trees! – People stay in their cabins in the summer. And weekends. And winter. (Pure bliss if you ask us!) – Everybody goes to the sauna. Or well, almost everybody. – The northern part is called Lapland which is…