... and home
11.03.2018 - 14.03.2018 -2 °C
11 March 2018
I woke to see heavy snow falling, with a temperature of -2C. I watched the daily clearing of the snow in the hotel carpark.
My snowy journey was coming to an end as I caught the airport bus at 9.35am. Rovaniemi airport has a Santa theme.
The flight from Rovaniemi was interesting- it's the first time I've seen the wings sprayed with a de-icing liquid. And we flew through clouds so thick they seemed solid, flying through the clouds certainly caused some turbulence. I'm glad the pilot knew what he was doing because you couldn't see the runway until we touched down! I was back in Helsinki just after 12pm.
12 - 14 March 2018
I had the whole day to fill in before a late night departure and originally I had planned to spend some time in the city. I checked for things to do in Helsinki but there was nothing that inspired me enough to want to go back into the city. So I spent the day relaxing at the hotel, reading, watching TV and I even used the hotel gym. I'd booked an extra night at the hotel even though I won't be staying for the night - I had wondered whether it was worth the extra expense but it was definitely worth it.
I departed Helsinki at 11.55pm on 12 March and the following twenty four hours was spent in the air or sitting around airports. I arrived home around 10.30am on 14 March. It's so good to be home and to feel the warmth of the sun again.
I can highly recommend Aurora Holidays for anyone that wants to see the Northern Lights, or anyone that wants to explore the most northerly part of Finland. This area would also be a great place for hiking in the warmer weather.
The second part of my Finland holiday was a self-tour planned and booked by Authentic Scandinavia: they booked accommodation, train tickets and the Sampo icebreaker experience but I was on my own to make sure I was in the right place at the right time. I could have booked these things myself but I honestly didn't know what I wanted to do in Finland so I chose one of the Authentic Scandinavia options.
I did struggle with the extreme cold during this trip and it's not something I would repeat in a hurry. But I survived the cold and there were huge rewards for travelling at this time of year. The dream was to see the Aurora Borealis and I can't believe I got to see the lights on two nights: I'm still in awe of the incredible beauty of the lights. I also experienced snowshoeing, a husky sled ride, a cruise on an icebreaker ship, plus the excitement of getting off the ship to walk on the thick layer of ice. Despite complaining about the cold I was able to appreciate the beauty of a snow covered landscape and to experience the joy of walking on fresh snow with snowflakes drifting down.
Thank you to everyone that's been reading my ramblings and leaving comments. I originally started writing the blog for myself but it's nice to know that I can share my journeys with other people.