A Traditional Farmhouse: Liminka, Finland

By Cacinda Maloney How on earth can I write a story about Finland without the mention of a sauna experience?  I don’t believe I can and this time will be no exception. I dove into the culture and history of the Finnish sauna on my last trip to Helsinki that you can read about here.  The immersion into the culture of a Finnish sauna is


Finding Peace in Western Finland: Maakalla Island

By Cacinda Maloney Maakalla Island, Finland There was a quiet stillness unlike anything I had experienced before. I knew that Maakalla Island of Western Finland was remote, but the eeriness I felt upon stepping off the boat gave me a bit of a shiver. Stepping onto Maakalla Island, Finland It was mid-August and so the weather was picture-perfect for today, as


Walking to Sweden: Finland’s Kvarken Archipelago

By Cacinda Maloney Vaasa, Finland map Arriving in Vaasa, Finland, I was ready for an adventure and Finland does not disappoint. Vaasa is the gateway to the western side of the country.  This is where the narrowest part of the Gulf of Bothnia is connected to Finland by their longest bridge, the Replot, in the Baltic Sea. The Replot Bridge near Vaasa,


Anticipation of An Outdoor Finland Experience

By Cacinda Maloney Great news on the blog today, as my travel life is always full of surprises!  I never thought I would be heading back to Finland so soon, but I have an amazing adventure coming up soon!  I am delighted to be going back to Finland, but this time to the west coast.  I will be working with VisitFinland on an upcoming trip


Tallinn, Estonia: By Day or By Night

By Cacinda Maloney In January 2014, I was invited to be a part of the Nordic Blogger Experience and as a result, was invited to go to Finland.  I wrote about my amazing Finnish Sauna Experience and the Scandanavian Design Houses that I visited, but there is this one thing I haven’t mentioned yet:  I took a day trip to Tallinn, Estonia!!  You must do


Crazy in the Sea: My Finnish Sauna Experience in Helsinki, Finland

"Stepping out of the sauna, our steaming bodies walked toward a hole in the ice to plunge into the Baltic Sea. A few minutes later we emerge, screaming and shivering, enjoying a typical Finnish experience!" Now to the beginning of the story! Iittala Candles at Sauna Seura, Helsinki, Finland Prior to leaving for Finland, I heard something about a “sauna experience” for my


Scandinavian Design in Helsinki, Finland

By Cacinda Maloney What a whirlwind trip I had to Helsinki, which is also a world away.  I suddenly got transplanted into a winter wonderland from the heat of the desert! Helsinki, Finland One huge selling point of Helsinki, Finland is that fact that it is close to other major cities and so Helsinki is like getting 2 for 1 when it comes to

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