Photo Diary: Finnish Forest

Today’s Fearless Travel Friday (am I really naming this like that?) has subject that’s close to my heart. Today I am going to present photo diary from last spring. And this is not just any travel diary… The destination was Finnish forest, the place I feel most peaceful and safe.

The sun was shining (well, not really it was quite cloudy…) and all the snow had melted so I wanted to go for small getaway with my dog. After Finland’s long winter I always yearn for green forests and quiet peaceful walks in middle of nowhere. So I got my dog, hiking books and headed towards the closest national park called Seitseminen.

cute_dog
Someone wasn’t as thrilled about this trip to forest as I was…

I have visited Seitseminen million times but this was my first time driving there by myself so of course I got lost. What I didn’t know at that point was how wrong this small trip would go. Like usually everything I screwed I everything and all the possible things were against me getting nice travel experience.

seitseminen

When I finally found the park I though my perfect day would start. The first thing I had to do was get map from the park’s information center. Because you can’t take dogs inside I decided to leave her for a moment inside the car. Between me and the information was huge hill that was full of slippery ice. (I had though all snow had already melted how the heck was there ice?!?)

So I almost crawled on my knees up the hill. I had just done my small victory dance when loud alarm startled me. My dog had somehow set off the car’s alarm system. Now between me and the embarrassingly loud car was that same icy hill. I tried to go down carefully but ended up falling down and sliding down on my butt.

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After shutting down the alarm, walking up the hill with my dog and finding place for my dog to wait outside I felt like winner. Nothing else would go wrong with this trip! Well at least I though so…

Going to the information center was totally embarrassing because I was probably the only visitor in whole park at that time. The nice person helping me totally knew that I was behind the earlier loud alarm. She also looked me oddly when I realized (and lightly panicked) that I had forgot my snacks and water bottle. But even if I seemed like total dork I get map and was finally able to leave to the forest.

map

It took me few seconds to realize that in fact it wasn’t yet spring but rather winter in the forest. There snow and ice everywhere, I didn’t have enough clothes and it was almost impossible to take photos and hold my super exited dog at the same time. I could have turned around but giving up has never been part of my personality. With insane bravery I walked deeper in to the green darkness.

snow

After walking a while I found the quietness and peace I came for. Few birds were singing and I felt like this was my home. This was the place I had missed every time I went abroad. I don’t have words to describe the rest of my walk. Perfect, refreshing, everything I needed in my stressful life.

Then after walking for good five kilometers (falling over every now and then because of the ice) I came to the end of the forest path. In front of me was yet another icy rise to climb. Of course I sprained my ankle… Well I was able to drive back home (not safe to do that so please don’t follow my example!) and never mentioned my not so successful trip.

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There is one more funny thing in this trip. It is part of the reason that I started writing this blog more seriously. The thing is there was this ‘summer job’ in Finland for blogger and I tried to apply for it and my blogging subject was this trip. Like you see I didn’t get the place but like usually when I’m rejected I want to show everyone that I can do it.

The rest is history! Well not history but during juny and july I got over 500 readers for my own travel blog even if I didn’t write everyday like in the job I would have done. I know those people who didn’t hire will never know what they missed when not taking me in but I feel quite good about that. And nowadays I would not imagine my life without blogging.

So thank you for reading my blog! And not judging me even if some of the posts are super boring stuff like this. Thank you!

hiding_dog
This is how my super lazy companion tried to hide from me after our trip. Don’t worry she is only playing angry and in reality we both love our forest adventures like nothing else.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Next week I will be on London so I’m not yet sure if I have time to write post for Friday.

By the way does anyone have tips for me what to do in London? I’m going with me sister and we have both been there before so we are trying to come up with something fun to do. Any suggestions are appreciated!

I hope you will have amazing weekend!
With love,

Viivi Severina

20 thoughts on “Photo Diary: Finnish Forest

  1. I’m getting super distracted by the cuteness of your doggo. That face = ❤ ❤ ❤
    Thanks for posting. I’d love to go to Finland soon, it’s definitely on my bucket list

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    1. My dog really is cute ❤ And I think Finland should definitely be on your bucket list. We have snow, awkward people and northern lights! Thank for commenting 🙂

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  2. Thanks for checking out my blog about my family’s grateful adventures here in Costa Rica. I’ve never been to Finland – but have spent a lot of time in Norway where my father was born. Have you ever visited Costa Rica?
    The forest you go walking in are VERY different from the forests here!
    Stay warm! I’m going to go jump in the pool 🙂
    Pura Vida!

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    1. I really loved your post (the photos were amazing!) and like you said the forests seem totally different from the ones I’m used to. I have never been to costa rica but it is on my list.

      Thanks for commenting and I hope safe adventures for you and your family. 🙂

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  3. Thanks for sharing. Love your post and your cute looking dog. Guess he knows that this is not the best time to visit the forest. Glad it turned out well and you enjoyed the peace and quiet that you went for. Have fun in London!

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  4. I love this post!! [And your dog!] I’m also going to London in about a week with my friend, and we’re personally really excited for the markets! Camden/Borough Markets are both apparently really great to see while in the city. I hope you have fun on your trip!

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m also thrilled for the markets I just haven’t yet told it to my sister so I hope she will be as happy as I am to visit them. I hadn’t heart of the Camben market so thanks for the tip. I hope you will have amazing time in London! 🙂

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