Finland

Summer Vibes from Finland’s Archipelago: Nagu, Kökar & Mariehamn

Nokia, Santa Claus, Angry Birds, goth metal bands, and saunas are just a few things that probably come to mind when you think of Finland…but summer? Last grand tour I […]

Highlights of the Ruisrock Festival in Turku, Finland

Seems like ages ago that I properly attended a European music festival. And by properly attended, I mean went to hang out IN the festival and not just backstage. Don’t […]

The Blonde Gypsy is Rocking Out in Turku & Åland!

After nearly two months in the Balkans (minus a quick trip to Roma) and after two very successful Balkan tours, the time has come for me to switch things up […]

Scenes From a Baltic Sea Cruise Between Helsinki and Stockholm

Contrary to popular belief, going on a cruise can be a cool experience for independent travelers and people under the age of 65. I say this not to be snide, […]

Why Every Traveler Needs to See Finnish Lapland Before They Die

Visiting Lapland in Finland is and shall remain one of my all-time favorite travel experiences which is why I’ve decided to put the word out to all travelers that it […]

6 Things You Shouldn’t Miss (But Might) in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki is one capital I didn’t think I’d return to or ever consider as one of my favorites in Europe given my limited first experience with it, but after spending […]

How To Spend a Day in Turku, Finland

For many, including myself, Turku, Finland is usually just a quick stop on a cruise over from Stockholm or on the way to Helsinki. This is a shame really as […]

Searching for Ringed Seal Nests on Lake Saimaa, Finland

It’s been said before, but traveling, more than anything else in this world, provides you with the most well-rounded education. Whether you make a conscious decision to do so or […]

Reindeer Herding in Samiland

There are certain travel experiences that are simply indescribable because no words could ever do them justice. My first time being on the tundra in Samiland (near Nuorgam in northern […]

This Week on SHABL: Blonde Gypsy Finland Trip in Photos

This week on Stop Having a Boring Life… Hei SHABL, So my nineteen days in Finland came and went like a bolt of lightning, but it was by far one of […]

Traveling Between Helsinki and Tallinn By Ferry

Surprise – I’m in Tallinn, Estonia! Actually, if you are better at geography than me, then you might have made a logical guess that Estonia was where I was going […]

This Week on SHABL: Ice Fishing in Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland

This week on Stop Having a Boring Life… Moi from Finland, SHABL! Far from vacationing in St. Lucia, I’m currently traveling around Suomi aka Finland with my partner in crime- my iPhone. I’ll […]

The Blonde Gypsy Will Be Exploring Finland!

From the depths of the Caribbean to the heights of the Arctic Circle (on a map), I bet you didn’t see this one coming, did you? I’m writing this message […]

On My European To Do List…Finnish Lapland

Back in the day I was quite fine with only spending a couple hours in a place just to say “I’ve been there”, but how times have changed. I’d almost […]