Yes, you guessed it. It’s time for another announcement and let me tell you it is a good one. I have been wanting to share this news with you for a very long time and now I am finally able to.
For the past weeks and months I have been preparing for a new long-term adventure. In just a few short weeks I will be leaving Germany to move to my happy place: Lapland. No not forever, just for the winter.
If you have been following my adventures from the start, you’ll know that I have visited Lapland four times in just two years. In fact I have calculated that I spent almost 3 out of the past 24 months in Finnish Lapland. So it’s safe to say that I love spending time there. During those visits I have chased Northern Lights, tried several fun winter activities, researched the local Sámi culture and even worked as a travel guide showing people the beauty of Lapland. Which brings me to the point of my impending departure.
Starting my dream job in Finnish Lapland
From November until April 2018 I will be working as a freelance travel guide for Aurora Holidays 450km North of the Arctic Circle in Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland.
Now what does that mean? I will be looking after the guests, taking them on snowshoeing hikes (yay), Northern Light hunts and showing them around Utsjoki, the northernmost municipality in the European Union. To make it short, I will be working in my favourite place on earth for one whole winter and I will get to share that love with others.
The best thing about this job (apart from the fact that my workplace is seriously stunning), is that it is flexible and I will still be able to do my freelance work, write for the blog and show you guys more of Finnish Lapland through my photography.
So what’s the plan?
I am already knee-deep in preparation for the big adventure. It has been a while since I have made a move abroad, but that makes it all the more exciting. I already have an apartment sorted in Utsjoki thanks to the help of my friend Tiina, because let me tell you finding a place to live in such a remote location hasn’t been easy. You have to know someone, who knows someone if you’re moving there, as the handful of available flats won’t be listed online.
I also had to sort out things like transport, insurance, more winter gear, renting out my current flat and I am still nowhere near done with my to do list. The good news is that it is all starting to come together and honestly, having a hard deadline on this has been highly motivating.
Although (or maybe because) I have been to Finnish Lapland so many times, I have an endless list of things that I want to do and see in my free time up there. I want to spend a night in the wilderness and watch the Northern Lights in the middle of nowhere without any light pollution, attend the Indigenous People’s Film Festival in a Northern Light Theatre completely made of ice and snow and perfect my ice fishing skills.
So what does all that mean for the blog?
You can expect plenty of tips, recommendations and inspiration for winter travel in Finnish Lapland and Northern Norway. But fear not, there will also be plenty of other posts on the blog as I still have some great stories and guides from around the world up my sleeve.
Many of you have asked me about the right clothing to keep warm in the wintery conditions. I hear you, so I will be sharing all my tips and list of equipment with you in a Lapland Packing Guide this winter. Keep your eyes peeled.
Want to know more about Lapland? Here is some reading material: