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User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 10, 2017 7:21 PM (UTC)

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Minimal Christmas 🎄 in Helsinki. #myhelsinki #skimbacoholidays
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 9, 2017 6:17 PM (UTC)

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Books & stuff. Perfect stop for Xmas gifts. #myhelsinki #skimbacofinland
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 9, 2017 1:32 PM (UTC)
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Christmas market at Senate Square in Helsinki. #myhelsinki #skimbacofinland
Still one quick visit to Santa Claus before we head back to Helsinki. Great way to celebrate the 100th birthday of Finland! After all, Santa Claus is as Finnish as it gets! #suomi100 #finland100 #skimbacofinland
To celebrate the 100th Independence Day of Finland, the @arktikumofficial museum & science center in Rovaniemi, Lapland, offers a free entry. I’m taking our kids there to learn about the history of our country and especially the Winter War against Russia. My grandfather fought in the war here in Lapland, and my grandmother was a war nurse during the time. Finland won the war in Lapland, but lost parts. My grandparents were both from Carelia, a part of Finland that we lost in the war and they settled in Southern Finland as refugees. #finland #finland100 #skimbacofinland
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 5, 2017 3:54 PM (UTC)
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Rovaniemi on the eve of Finland’s 100th birthday. If you happen to see famous landmarks lit in blue & white tomorrow, they are celebrating Finland’s Independence Day! #suomi100
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 5, 2017 2:00 PM (UTC)
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This is how Holiday hustle & bustle can look like. Instead of spending time shopping for Christmas gifts, we spend it together. Instead of buying things, we create memories of a lifetime. Lapland in Finland is pretty much where all the winter wonderland & Christmas travel fantasies come true ❄️🎄👌🏼 I mean, we met Santa and saw hundreds of reindeers, and Northern Lights. #skimbacoholidays
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 5, 2017 8:34 AM (UTC)
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When I was booking our trip to Lapland, I asked my Finnish friends if anyone had been to the famous Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort with the glass igloos, and none had, and many were surprised I would even want to come here. I have not met many Finns here either during our stay, neither guests nor employees. Seeing the Northern Lights from the glass igloo was a great experience and I loved our stay here with my family. But this by far does NOT represent Finnish luxury travel, it is very cheaply run tourist trap, and the poor quality reflects through out the experience. From customer service to hand soap, from food (that is part of your price, discouraging you to travel to Saariselkä to amazing local restaurants there) to sand paper rough sheets. I’m far from a picky traveler, and not the first to complain publicly either, but since Kakslauttanen is one of the most famous Finnish tourist resorts, and it is my country, I want to speak up. We paid €1,700+ for one night for family of five in a Kelo Igloo cabin (not pictured) and while being with my family is priceless & the Northern Lights were gorgeous, I simply can not recommend Kakslauttanen as a Finnish luxury travel experience.
We just checked in at the @kakslauttanen_arctic_resort cabin with an igloo dome - ideal for Northern Lights viewing. The sky is clear, we are hopeful we will be blessed with the dancing lights. #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 4, 2017 8:55 AM (UTC)
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And there it is. The first clear sky day since we got to Lapland. ❤️❄️ #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 3, 2017 5:06 PM (UTC)
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We’ve stayed at the @villa_karhunpesa in Saariselkä for the past couple nights & love it. It’s huge, but cozy! It’s hard sometimes find places for a family of five, so this was a real gem, and the teens are happy they all have their own bedrooms. Our last night here is starting - the sauna is already on, and we will gather around the fireplace after that! More winter adventures tomorrow! #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 3, 2017 12:44 PM (UTC)
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Ski-in cafe in Inari (Lapland, Finland). #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 3, 2017 9:32 AM (UTC)
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Incredible to see how much the huskies love running! Thank you @saariselkahuskies 🐕❄️ #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 2, 2017 1:17 PM (UTC)
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It’s windy at the top. The top of @skisaariselka is not that high though, but it was plenty enough for our first runs of the winter. #skimbacofinland
Good morning from Winter Wonderland. We woke up to this view in our ski cottage at @villa_karhunpesa in Saariselkä. Heading to slopes today at @skisaariselka! #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 1, 2017 9:19 PM (UTC)
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Highway in Lapland as we drove to Saariselkä. #visitfinland #skimbacofinland
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 1, 2017 3:52 PM (UTC)
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This type of a hut is called “Kota” - easily movable hut the native nomadic Sami people used to us in Lapland.
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 1, 2017 9:19 AM (UTC)
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Snow, smoking fire, Santa’s reindeers and the people I love.
1st of December and Christmas season is officially here. Christmas card picture day at Santa’s. Crispy but not too cold day at Arctic Circle. #skimbaco
User Image skimbaco Posted: Dec 1, 2017 5:46 AM (UTC)
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We just arrived to Rovaniemi, in Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. We found snow! ❄️❄️❄️ #skimbacofinland