Magical Midsummer | Finland

Midsummer is my favorite time of the year in Finland. It is the time when nordic nature is at its best; the magical white nights embracing light shades of green.

The finnish habit of packing bags and heading to the country side to enjoy and cherish the summer makes it a very special kind of celebration; relaxed, beautiful, peaceful, traditional, fun. I have been extremely lucky to spent past 12 years (except the ones I have spent abroad) in this wonderful setting in North Karelia or what do you think?

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

 

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2013

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

Skopje Getaway | Lake Matka, Macedonia

Hidden gem of northern Macedonia, Lake Matka, is a bit tricky to find but worth the hassle if you happen to be around.

Lake Matka is a canyon located west of central Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. It is an artificial lake and one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia.

You can go hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, take a boat trip to see caves, explore monasteries or just wonder around. A must is a bit of lake Matka fish for lunch and some local white wine to flush it down with. What ever you decide to do, it will be a relaxing day.

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

 

Home stay | Taquile Island, Peru

Part of the two days excursion to Lake Titicaca was a home stay with a local family in Taquile Island. I lived a day with a local family helping them out in their daily tasks such a picking quinoa. Yeah, and tried to play football with the locals. The elevation made playing a bit more challenging than normally.

Taquile island is a hilly island located 45 kilometers east of Puno in Lake Titicaca. Life on Taquile is still largely unchanged by mainland modernities. Culture is very much alive on Taquile, which can be seen in the traditional clothes everyone wears.

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile girl | Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Taquile Island | Peru | 2016

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Freshly picked quinoa | Peru | 2016

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Lake Titicaca and Uros floating islands

During my south American tour, one of the highlights of the trip was two days excursion to Lake Titicaca. I got to visit an artificial Uros island and meet the Uro people still living in traditional way.

Lake Titicaca is the biggest lake in South America and it is also considered as the “highest navigable lake” in the world. It resides in both sides of the border of Bolivia and Peru at the surface elevation of 3812 metres. The Uros islands or the “Floating Islands” are small manmade islands constructed by the Uros people from layers of cut totora, a thick buoyant reed that grows abundantly in the shallows of Lake Titicaca.

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Uros Islands | Peru | 2016

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Uros Islands | Peru | 2016

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Uru Children | Uros Islands | Peru | 2016

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Little Uru | Uros Islands | Peru | 2016

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Lake Titicaca | Peru | 2016

 

 

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivian surrealism

Imagine that above you there is a sky that so deeply blue it hurt your eyes and under your feet, there is crispy white salt as far as you can see. You could be dreaming (or as a Finn found it, in a frozen lake somewhere in Finland on a sunny winter day…) or in a Dali´s painting. It is maybe the most bizarre natural setting you can imagine.

In Bolivian Altiplano lies Salar de Uyuni, the world’s most largest salt flat in Bolivian Altiplano near the crest of the Andes at an elevation of 3,656 meters above sea level. Salar de Uyuni used to be a botton of a prehistoric lake or lakes.  There is even an island, Incahuasi, in the middle of all this surreal wonderland.

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Incahuasi Island | Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Sala de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Baby llama | Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia | 2016

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Salar de Uyuni | Bolivia | 2016

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Sunset | Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia | 2016

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Sunset | Salar de Uyuni | 2016

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Sunset | Salar de Uyuni | 2016

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