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Tips for Holidaying in Ruka, Finland

Having been to Ruka twice (read my travel posts here, here and here), and knowing that we will be going back sometime, I thought I’d share a handful of tips for having a great winter holiday in the resort. Be prepared with lots of layers. This year we doubled up on thermal base layers and

Ruka for the Second Time

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday so much that you decide to do it all over again? That’s what we decided to do for our ski holiday this season – same country, same resort, same hotel, same week just one year later. Ruka in Finland had such an effect on us that we had no

Huskies and Skidoos in Ruka, Finland

Back in January LincsGeek and I spent a fabulous week in Ruka, Finland, where we enjoyed some amazing scenery and lovely ski runs. [Read about the trip here.] The thing about Ruka that we really liked, apart from the fact that we often had runs to ourselves, was that it was more than just a

A Winter Holiday in Ruka, Finland

We fancied a different kind of skiing holiday this year. It took us months to decide where to go. We’ve been to Arinsal in Andorra for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed it, but we have really outgrown the slopes and felt it was time to move on. With only a week of annual

Review: The North Face Women’s Honee Snugs Delux Parka

LincsGeek and I are fairly new to the skiing game. We went on our first ski holiday just three years ago after some ski lessons at snozone. Before that first holiday we kitted ourselves up as cheaply as we could – we wanted good quality at low cost, and so bought coat, pants, gloves, socks

Seeing the Northern Lights

When we went to Ruka in Finland a couple of weeks ago we knew there was a chance that we might see the Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the sky particularly in Arctic and Antarctic regions, caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the thermosphere.

Playtime Tester Review: KEEN Hoodoo High Lace Snow Boots

It seems like a very long time since I won the KEEN Playtime Tester prize… but it hasn’t been until this last couple of weeks that I’ve been able to give the KEEN Hoodoo High Lace snow boots a really good try. I will be honest and say I very nearly bought this pair of boots last year before

Quick Trip to Helsinki

Last week I went to Helsinki, Finland, on business. It was a bit of a whistle stop trip but I did find time to take in a few of the sights and sounds of the city whilst there. Travelling in early December I have to say I was expecting to find it bitterly cold and

Year in Photos (29 Nov to 2 Dec 11) – Helsinki Trip

I went on a quick trip to Helsinki for work… as you do… here are my Year in Photos entries: 29/11/11: Table for one at the airport hotel 30/11/11: Beautiful sunset above the clouds as we were descending into Finland 01/12/11: They know how to do Christmas decorations in Finland… these massive baubles were awesome,