Traveling in Finland
I visited Finland at the end of December expecting some of the coldest temperatures I had faced in years. As a matter of fact even though I don’t like the cold I welcomed this, hoping to test out my aging mountaineering gear that I hadn’t used in almost five years. In Helsinki I found the weather the same as back home in DC, and even when I ventured well into the Arctic there were days above freezing that had the locals wishing for winter to return!
Even though it was much warmer than I expected, a winter vacation to Finland was one of my most unique trips. I failed to see the northern lights in this country, but I had the experience of crossing the Arctic for the first time, staying in an ice hotel, and exploring the capital of Helsinki.