Nokia, Finland (Finnish pronunciation: [ˈnokiɑ]) is a town and a municipality on the banks of the Nokianvirta RiverThe origin of the name "Nokia" is obscure. In modern Finnish, noki means soot and nokia is its inflected plural, although this form of the word is rarely if ever used. The most common theory claims the name actually originates from the archaic Finnish word nois (pl. nokia) or nokinäätä ("soot marten"), meaning sable.
'Moonlight Aurora II' - photo by Mike Taylor; Taylor says, "The Moon was very bright and washed out a lot of the sky and the aurora but made for some nice lighting on the snow during the quick Northern Lights display in mid-February.
Santa Claus, dressed in a traditional Finnish costume, totes a bag of toys in Rovaniemi, Finland. ~~~ although this says "traditional Finnish costume", the Joulupukki I grew up knowing was dressed in dark colours.
Montreal, Quebec’s Pommery Ice Restaurant at Snow Village Canada is the first of its kind in North America, combining a gourmet eating experience with extravagant ice and snow sculptures and architecture. Chef Matthieu Saunier’s