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Northbound: Finnish Lapland

Visited December 2013 Day 3 The day we would travel further north had finally arrived, as we woke up to mists on our windows. It had started snowing in Helsinki! Quickly savouring our last breakfast, we went back up to get our coats and headed straight to the port to experience our first snow fall.…

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Touring Helsinki

Visited December 2013 Day 2 Breakfast at Hotel Haven was a nice and cozy affair. Tucked away in a little corner on the first floor, it served a variety of cheese, smoked ham and salmon, and had a nice range of muesli and yoghurt. While I usually find smoked salmon too salty, Finnish smoked salmon…

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A Dream Closer to Aurora

The winter of 2013-2014 is said to be one of the last few moments of the solar maximum, a period of greatest solar activity in the 11 year solar cycle of the Sun. It is this time when sunspots are greater in number, resulting in Earth experiencing more solar storms, and hence, more aurora borealis…