There’s plenty of magic that comes with the winter. In Finland, the frosty season opens doors to a world of adventure close to the Arctic. If you’re looking to escape the city for the season, forgo the usual vacation spots and spend the season under the aurora-lit northern skies.
Finnish winters are known to be the Nordic country’s longest, lasting one hundred days—each one bringing with it a vibe, lighting, and palette vastly different from the previous days’. As such, short trips only expose the visitor to a mere fraction of the Finnish winter experience.
Determined to let adventurers from around the world immerse themselves in Finland’s mystical winters, Visit Finland and Finnair are hosting Polar Night Magic, a hundred-day expedition through the country in order to experience sights and sensations that exist only in Finland’s northern territories.
Led by renowned athlete and wilderness expert Pasi Ikonen, the journey will guide explorers through the stages of Finland’s winter, whether in the thrilling snowy mountains to the serene old-world countryside.
Adventurers can experience a wide array of quintessentially Finnish activities, from snowshoeing through snowy forests, climbing frozen waterfalls, and cruising on an icebreaker; to enjoying a serene white Christmas in Santa Claus’ supposed hometown of Lapland, and then celebrating in the streets of Helsinki. Animal lovers can also interact with Finland’s own, whether when mushing with Huskies in snow safaris or while herding reindeer.
Visit Finland and Finnair are searching for adventurous, English-fluent outdoor enthusiasts with whom to embark on a thrilling trek through Finland’s winter months and magical locations. All costs will be covered for the selected explorers, who will be asked to document the voyage with photos and videos to share online.
Do you have what it takes to experience the authentic Finland? Send in your application and find out!
The expedition will last from Dec 5, 2015 to March 3, 2016. Applications open until Oct 16; winners selected Nov 15. For more information or to apply, visit www.polarnightmagic.com (English) or www.polarnightmagic.com/jp/ (Japanese).