A quick look at Finland via Instagram for my #visitFinland trip

I have only been back from Finland for about a week and I am still basking in the memories (and editing a few thousand photos). The entire country was an unexpected revelation.

My major goal in this trip was to see and photograph the Northern Lights.

I failed. Well, the weather failed me. As it turned out, pretty much every day I was there was overcast and cloudy, so there wasn’t a single opportunity to get those photographs.

And I couldn’t have cared less.

I will be doing a series of posts — and finally some videos — from the week I spent in Finland. Not only did I love it, I am already planning a return trip for later this year. Sometimes the unexpected joys are the best ones and Finland in the winter… I never would have expected to be oohing and ahhhing as much as I was.

Loved, loved, loved it. Here are a few of the Instagram shots I took while there. I hope you like them — you can follow me along on Instragram by clicking on this link, if you wish. Thanks.

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this boat isn’t going anywhere fast…


the road through the winter forest


another iconic scene from Lapland


anyone up for a bike ride?


Elvis has not left the building!


taking a reindeer sleigh ride in Lapland


this is Finland — love scenes like these


my log cabin hotel room for most of my stay


from one of the museums I went to


me chilling out with Santa


sun rising over horizon in Finland on the train


mid-day tram rides in Helsinki


roller coaster from above in Tampere, Finland


I was a guest of both the Finland Tourism Board, the Pyha-Luosto Tourism Board, and the City of Tampere for various aspects of this trip. Although I was on their dime, the profuse praise you are going to read in the coming weeks was not remotely influenced by their sponsorship.

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I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all. Read more by Michael Hodson and connect on Google Plus.

33 Responses to “A quick look at Finland via Instagram for my #visitFinland trip” Subscribe

  1. Liisa February 26, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Told ya you would fall in love with Finland! 😉

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      And I did!

  2. Peter Parkorr February 26, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Hey Michael, nice shots! I was completely surprised by Finland this summer so if you’re going back when the snow is gone you won’t be disappointed. That Arctic museum in Rovaniemi was really impressive too, I nearly spent all day there 🙂

    • Michael Hodson February 28, 2013 at 6:43 am #

      Peter, I am already planning a trip (or two) back to there in different times of the year 😉

      And I loved the Arctic museum also, but we had so little time there, I just rushed through. Great building though.

  3. Jennifer February 26, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I visited Finland last winter and definitely was not disappointed either. I can’t wait to return and hopefully Tim will be able to go in our next visit.

    • Michael Hodson February 28, 2013 at 6:28 am #

      I was flabergasted by how much I liked it. Can’t wait to go back.

  4. Sunee February 27, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Aww, sorry to hear that you also didn’t get to see the aurora! 🙁 But I agree, Finland is absolutely amazing! We didn’t get to visit Helsinki, so I am really looking forward to seeing it through your eyes. And I love your 3rd picture – that is my ultimate memory of Finland too 🙂

    • Michael Hodson February 28, 2013 at 6:24 am #

      No aurora this time just means… I need to plan a trip back there!

      Tons more photos and videos coming in the next few weeks. Hope you like them.

  5. Barbara February 27, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Oh, how beautiful. I would so love to be cold right now. And snow… SNOW!!! I need SNOW after six years of living in steamy Southeast Asia.
    So.. what did you ask Santa for? You look far too serious to be chatting to Santa. Don’t you know you’re supposed to be sitting on his knee whispering your secret desires into his ear?

    • Michael Hodson February 28, 2013 at 6:23 am #

      You would have gotten your fill of snow… for sure! As to my chat with Santa, he told me that I needed to be a much better boy this year. And I told him there were no certainties on that front 😉

  6. Sofie February 28, 2013 at 1:13 am #

    Love the one of the road going through the forrest.
    And that roller coaster just looks crazy:D

    Won’t be going there anytime soon though. I’ve had it with winter and being cold.
    @Barbara: I’ll sign up for six years of steaminess!

    • Michael Hodson February 28, 2013 at 6:16 am #

      Sofie, the odd thing about the weather was that I was warmer in Finland at -5 to -10 then back in London, where I am now at +5. Not to say I am a winter fan, but it was far, far less cold than I would have ever thought (though it obviously does get bitter cold there at certain times).

  7. Mariella March 1, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Lovely… Can’t wait to go, it’s high time… I went to Estonia last summer and thought about hopping on a ferry over to Helsinki, but then figured I’d want more time in Finland. Your pictures are proving that feeling right!

  8. Sam March 1, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    Wow! These are gorgeous pictures. Snow is really beautiful to look at, but to be honest, I’m really glad I’m in the southern hemisphere right now!

  9. Rease March 1, 2013 at 11:35 am #

    I have already seen most of these on instagram but I still adore the collection. I love that aerial shot of the roller coaster!

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:36 am #

      It was a funky angle, for sure. Thanks for following along on Instagram also, Rease.

  10. Ailsa March 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Stunning photos, Michael. I hope you have better luck with the Northern Lights next time. Did you find Finland expensive?

  11. Paul March 3, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    What type of activities did you do while visiting? I’ve always imagined Lapland as an ideal place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing for miles and miles.

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      I didn’t do either of those, but I did do a dog sled ride and some snowmobiling. Tons of fun stuff to do.

  12. John @ Imperative Travel March 5, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Excellent photos!….and poor Elvis, bet he was freezing out therem looks like he needed a good run.

  13. Audrey | That Backpacker March 7, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    My best friend is Finnish and currently living there. She has tried talking me into visiting for years, but their winters just scare me off! I do love the look of the snow covered trees in Lapland, but I’ll likely be saving my visit for the summer months. 😉

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      It surprisingly wasn’t that cold. I expected far, far worse, but was more than fine with it. Likely will be going back next year.

  14. Stephen S. March 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm #

    Great photos mate! I loved the one of the Elvis.

    No worries. I’m sure you’ll get to photograph the Northern Lights soon. It is also a dream of mine.

  15. Antoinette March 12, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

    I am loving every photo of this post! Snow, snow, and more snow, especially the sleigh ride

  16. Tawny of Captain and Clark March 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Incredible pictures! We loved following along on your Finland journey. Looked like you had a blast.

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Many thanks, guys. Love following along with your adventures also!

  17. Sherry Ott March 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Cool aerial shots – how did you get the 2nd and the last one? Were you on a cherry picker?

  18. Ayngelina April 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    So many great sites in Finland, it’s really so photogenic.

  19. Arianwen April 10, 2013 at 3:41 am #

    Awesome photos. How did you get the one of the roller coaster? Looks almost as cold as London has been this past month 🙂

    • Michael Hodson April 29, 2013 at 8:38 am #

      Ayngelina and I were eating in a restaurant above it, actually. Glad to have gotten shots from up there.

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