First Week at the Lapland Lodge

First Week at the Lapland Lodge

Driving up to the Lapland Lodge was totally surreal. Dad had never seen so much snow in his entire life. The serenity of it all was beyond imaginable. Everything was still. Not even slight wind could disturb the complete peace they felt. The Lodge, situated quite...
Arrival

Arrival

It is 8:30 a.m. Finnish time, 1:30 a.m. NYC time. Everyone is a bit out of sorts as they’re waking up to the pilot speaking in Finnish. “Laskeudumme pian Vantaan Lentokentälle. Paikallisaika on 8:30,” says the captain, then translates into English. “We will be landing...
Departure

Departure

The bags are packed. Accommodation is booked. Everything is in order. Everyone is ready for the their Arctic trip. Alex, Annie, and Mark had recently finished their final examinations and were in need of some serious relaxation. They know all too well that lots of...
Preparations

Preparations

A month had gone by, and the tickets were purchased. The family would be traveling from JFK to Kittilӓ on November 24th, with a short layover in Helsinki. It was August, and the kids were all getting ready to go back to school. Alex was about to leave for his first...
Introductions

Introductions

One morning, Alex, the oldest in the family, was scrolling through the National Geographic Instagram on his iPad when he came across a stunning photo of a snowmobile, a guy, and a night sky full of colors. He’d heard something about the Northern Lights before, but had...