I'm not from Finland but my Grandparents were. A fact I'm very proud of.

I'm not from Finland but my Grandparents were. But we don't eeven have polar bears here in Finland.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.

Sometimes people make a vasta (or vihta); they tie together small fresh birch…

Archipelago Finland/ Boheme Interior blog

Archipelago Finland/ Boheme Interior blog

LUONTO. Ympäristö. Eläimet. Nautin kävelyretkestä uuteen päivään heräävässä metsässä. Auringonlaskusta rantakalliolla. Hiljaisuudesta mökin pihalla kaukana betoniviidakoista. Toivon myös työnantajan jättävän yhteiskuntaan mahdollisimman pienen ympäristöjalanjäljen.

silver birch A birch forest in Finland. Remingtons cabin had these wooden walk ways all around the cabin. Mr Grubich and Elerins built their cabins there now.

One winter morning.

The Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland (c) Helsinki Tourism Material Bank/Niklas Sjöblom

Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Finland is the happiest country in the world, says UN report

Helsinki Winter Garden: Talvipuutarha.

A Gorgeous Helsinki Bay Walk

Take a break amongst the ferns and foliage, it's free and it's warm!

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